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.
Lisa Liddle (Treasurer) My involvement with Home Start Calderdale began 3 years ago when I was asked by a colleague and friend to facilitate the annual staff and trustee Strategic Planning Day. I went along to meet Linda and Pam (our Chair of trustees) to see if I could help, and I've been involved ever since! Through my employers schemes to support local charities I have had the privilege to be involved in the Family Fun Days, Christmas Parties and the annual Strategic Planning events, all of which have been great fun! A year ago I found out that Home Start Calderdale were looking for a Treasurer, and I asked to be considered. I was delighted to be accepted by the Trustee Board. I am constantly amazed at how much work the Home Start Calderdale team of volunteers and staff do. The support they provide to local families is amazing and so vitally important. I am extremely proud to be part of Home start Calderdale.
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.
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.
Paula Mayland (Volunteer Representative) I first read about the work of Home-Start whilst browsing the internet for local volunteering opportunities. I was immediately attracted by the combination of a well-run organisation and a genius idea! I have been a home-visiting volunteer for three years. My role on the Board of Trustees is to represent our amazing team of volunteers, working to strengthen links within the organisation. My focus is on continuing to build a strong network of volunteers who appreciate how through their commitment and compassion, Home-Start Calderdale helps improve the lives of local families.
John Needell Early this year (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.