supporting families & local communities in Calderdale



Sanham Aurangzeb, Co-ordinator for BME Families I work as the Black Minority And Ethnic Co-ordinator, across  Calderdale. I started working for Home-start in May 2010 and have never looked back since. I love working for this fantastic family orientated, organisation, where the ‘family’ is truly at the heart of what we do every day! I love working with our fantastic team of volunteers who are dedicated to empowering and supporting families. My previous experience consists of working for  Sure Start as a Family Support Worker for 8 years and 2 years as a part time Youth Worker.  I am also a parent of 3 boys, aged 14,10,and 2 and this has given me a wealth of parenting experience and the stresses it can bring!  I was also a young mum and a full time student so multi-tasking was the key! Email: Mobile: 007588 134111


Samantha Booth, Co-ordinator for the Lower and Upper Valley I work as a co-ordinator covering the Lower Valley area of Calderdale. I have worked for Home-Start Calderdale since 2007 and before this I was a home visiting volunteer for 3 years. I live in Halifax with my husband and 2 children and all our animals. I love the job I do as it's so varied and I particularly love meeting new people and getting to know the families and volunteers who I work with. Email: Mobile: 07828 175346


Nicola Lowney, Co-ordinator for North & East Halifax Bio coming soon




Gail Lumb, Office Manager I have been working in the office at Home-Start since October 2003. It has been a pleasure meeting such a wealth of amazing volunteers throughout the years. I rarely get to meet the families supported, so when volunteers pop into the office, it is always great to hear stories of how they are helping out. Email:


Charlie Johnston, Senior Co-ordinator I started working as the Upper Valley Co-ordinator for Home-Start in August 2006, having spent the previous ten years working for local charities... Which means I fully understand the headache that is annual funding, marketing with a zero budget and the ever present joy of not-enough-staff-for-the-work-needing-done! I love working for Home-Start as it gives me a chance to work with amazing volunteers and lovely families. I have two super teenagers but still remember how hard life can be when they're wee! Email: Mobile: 07828 102216


Carol Mitton, Group Development Worker (volunteer)  My aim is to engage with families currently receiving support from a Home Start volunteer, in a group environment and help to bring our families together to provide a positive outcome, for both the parent and their families.  In my previous role I worked as an Early Years Practitioner in both private and Sure Start nursery settings.  I am passionate to help provide the best outcomes for the families and their children by providing fun sessions that will help a child learn and develop in all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage...  Which in turn will provide a positive start to school readiness. Email:  Mobile 07496 639703