I have been involved with Home-Start for about 12 years. I started as a volunteer at Home-Start Amber Valley, supporting some lovely families through very difficult times. I am still in contact with many of the families and consider them as friends.
I joined the Erewash team in 2010, as a co-ordinator, looking after the volunteers and families. Having the volunteering background helped me to appreciate all that our volunteers do. In 2017 I was appointed Scheme Manager, and have the privilege of harnessing the many skills of the team. When I’m not working I love walking in Derbyshire, cooking for my family, gardening and playing with the pond and festivals. Happiest in wellies.
I am the Senior Mental Health Co-ordinator and I run our Breathe peer support mental health programme, as well as providing one to one counselling for clients both online and face to face. I am also a full time final year Derby University student studying Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I have worked in Community Safety and Policing for 15 years previously and bring a different experience to the charity, having worked with some of society’s most vulnerable people.
I have worked for Home-Start Erewash for 3 years and have been involved in the redesign of the website and rebranding. I’m a creative at heart and love anything to do with art and craft.
When not at work I can mostly be found walking my Dogs around Derbyshire or spinning in the Gym.
I started at Home-Start Erewash since July 2017. I’ve worked in community development and involvement for nearly 20 years. I’m passionate about individuals, families and communities having choice and control in their lives. The opportunity to improve the lives of children through supporting and enabling parents is a privilege.
As a teenage, single Mum myself I understand some of the challenges and difficulties faced by many of the families we work with. I am now the very proud Mum of 25 and 21 year old sons and my 19 year old step-daughter.