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 project manager covering the South Derbyshire District. I manage the Ahead Together project providing support for parents with mental ill health. I am also at Derby University studying Counselling and Psychotherapy full time.
I have worked in Community Safety and Policing for the last 15 years 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 15 months 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 am the mental health co-ordinator here at Home-Start. I have over 10 years’ experience working within the mental health and voluntary sector, which I am passionate about. My journey with Home-Start began when my daughter was 6 months old and my health visitor referred me into the service, due to experiencing postnatal anxiety and feeling very isolated, as a single parent. I was matched with a volunteer, who would visit me at my home for two hours a week and attended the small, friendly group held at the office.
Meeting other mums and having that volunteer listen to me, without judgement, made a massive contribution to my recovery and when a position became available I felt compelled to apply. Fortunately, I was successful and 18 months on I feel honoured to be part of such a dedicated team who are committed to helping families give children the best possible start in life.
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.
I joined Home-Start Erewash in 2016 as the Administrator and have previously worked with Derbyshire County Council supporting the MAT team, I also worked as a Children’s Centre worker. This experience this has given me good understanding and opportunity to support the team and Board of Trustees.
I support Home-Start Nottingham with volunteering to support families, which gives me further insight and understanding with families we work with.
I like to socialise and meet people. I attend a women’s self-empowerment group who offer workshops and really enjoy having this time for myself, as I have a busy household. When I have some spare time, I like to do home décor.