Emma Roberts – Scheme Manager
I joined Home-Start Wokingham in July 2018 from a background in health, nutrition and humanitarian aid. It has been a steep but very interesting and enjoyable learning curve. Working with the team and volunteers has been a pleasure and knowing that together we can make a difference in the lives of families is very important. My role is to manage the scheme, access the resources we need so our volunteers can provide the ongoing support, with guidance from the team and to work with organisations across the Wokingham Borough to ensure that the work of Home-Start complements the work of other organisations and that our families get the best support and guidance they can.
Mandy Özfıçıcı – Scheme Coordinator
I joined Home-Start Wokingham District in March 2012 as a part-time Co-ordinator, having been a home visiting volunteer for a couple of years. I really enjoy the variety each day brings, from meeting with families to find out how we can help, to meeting with volunteers to see how their relationship has developed with the family they support. Seeing families gain confidence in their abilities is amazing.
Teresa Crandon – Project Manager
I joined Home-Start Wokingham in October 2018 as the Tools for Life Project Co-ordinator. I have developed the training and resources for the project to train our existing volunteers and also new volunteers on the Volunteer Preparation Course. I have also had the opportunity to volunteer with a family offering Tools for Life support and it has been very rewarding to see the family grow in confidence and be ready for school in September. I look forward to developing and supporting more family groups across the borough.
Elaine Strange – Administrator
I have been with Home-Start Wokingham District since August 2009. I currently work 24 hours per week providing administrative support to the office team and board of trustees. This work includes maintaining office records, banking and the monthly reconciliation of our accounts.
Amy Fennell – Fundraiser
I spent four years visiting families as a volunteer for Home-Start Wokingham which gave me real insight into the challenges facing young families and how much our support can help. I wanted to use my skills as a lawyer to do more so was thrilled to join the team, part-time, in 2019. As our Fundraiser my role is to help raise the money we need to fund our work. I also work to raise our profile within Wokingham Borough through social media and involvement in community events. I love the challenge of the role and knowing that, together, we are making a real difference to local families.
Leanne Hill – Scheme Coordinator
I joined Home-Start Wokingham in November 2020 as a Scheme Coordinator, having come from a background in he emergency services, children’s safeguarding and a short time working in education. I have also previously been a Home-Start volunteer, which has given me a great insight into the diverse needs of the families we support.
I am looking forward to meeting the families and volunteers very soon and being able to support them in whichever way they need.
Kerry Lane – Group Worker
I joined the Home-Start team in November 2020 as a group worker to run a support toddler group for Home-Start families. I have a background working in care as a support worker to adults with learning disabilities and complex needs.
I also have experience in managing my own family with seven children. My Home-Start journey began having help and support from Home-Start myself. But I didn’t want my journey to come to an end so I became a volunteer at one of our toddler groups and that lead to me getting this role.
I look forward to my Home-Start journey continuing by helping and supporting in any way I can.