supporting families & local communities in Calderdale

Our Trustees

Members of the Board of Trustees of Home-Start Calderdale

Pam Burton (Chair of the Board) I was first introduced to Home Start as a head teacher in that it would be able to work with families from my school and on reading the information as to what the service could offer I was in agreement. On my retirement I was asked to join the Board of Trustees and have now been with Home Start for 14/15 years. I became Chair of the Trustees about 12 years ago and have seen many changes in that time, the best being that we now cover all Calderdale not just North Halifax. Home Start does what it says on the label in supporting families for many reasons and Home Start Calderdale is fortunate that everyone involved is 100% committed to it. I am told by my family if you looked into my heart you would see (apart from them) Home start Calderdale and FC Halifax Town. How right they are. Home Start is one of the best charities about and I am proud to be part of it and look to a successful ongoing scheme in Calderdale in the years ahead.

Rebecca Godar (Vice Chair) I'm the Vice Chair of Trustees for Home Start Calderdale and have been a Trustee since 2012. I work as an independent strategy consultant for local authorities, helping children's services departments to use research and evidence to shape decisions about services for vulnerable children. I live in Hebden Bridge with my partner, Jim, and we are proud to be part of such a strong and thriving community. On the weekends you will find me roaming the hillsides of Calderdale, in my garden or, when it inevitably starts to rain, engrossed in a good book. I joined the Home Start Calderdale team because I believe that early intervention, peer support and strong communities can help to improve outcomes for children and that supporting parents to help other parents is a great way to make these things happen. I know from my professional life that times are tough for local charities and we need to be really clear about what Home Start offers and the difference that we make if we are to continue our important work. While I may have started working with Home Start because of my belief in early intervention, I stay because of the great team of staff and Trustees and their unending and inspiring commitment to local families.

John Needell (Treasurer)  Early in 2016 I was looking for opportunities to volunteer in Calderdale and was contacted by Linda from Home-Start, amongst many people.  I saw the great work the  volunteers and staff of Home-Start were doing to help families with young children, the financial challenges faced and thought that it would be very rewarding to help.  When I talked to my wife, I found that when she had been a single parent with a young baby, she had sought help from Home Start.  That made my mind up to support Home Start and through them the families of Calderdale.  My background is in business leadership more than the voluntary sector, although I spent several years as a listening volunteer for Samaritans when I lived in the south.  I see that the need for Home-Start and other charities growing with the financial situation and the government and other statutory organisations reducing funding for social services.  I am looking to support Home Start using my experience and help the charity to keep up the good work it has done for families across Calderdale.

Rebecca Fitton I have been with Home-Start as a trustee for around 18 months now, and joined to represent health on the board.  I am now the Safeguarding lead.  My background is in general adult nursing and midwifery and I have been qualified as a Health Visitor since 2010.  I have also previously been chair-person of a pre-school committee.  I have two young boys ages 8 and 5 years and am very aware of the stresses and strains that having a young family and running a house-hold can bring.  As a health visitor I regularly refer into the Home-Start service and am aware of the high level of support they bring and how valued the volunteers and co-ordinators are.  I enjoy working alongside such a dedicated and experienced team.