Meet The Team

 

 

CHERYL RHODES
Director

I have been developing services for children and families for many years and spent the last four years working with Southwark’s children’s centre programme.  I love working in this borough and have developed lots of great relationships with the people that live and work here. I took a degree in History & Women’s Studies in my late 20s and this learning helped form my belief that inequality should be challenged, and everybody should have the opportunity to fulfil their potential.  I am committed to finding ways to improve the lives of children and their families, so they can thrive.

I have 3 sons who have all flown the nest and a daughter who is the last one at home.  I understand how hard it is to raise a family and juggle life’s challenges and am excited to be working with Home-Start who are dedicated to helping children get the best start possible in life.

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SANDRA POWELL
Finance Manager

Sandra is a smiley, cheerful, kind nature and fun person in character.  She enjoys the variety of her job and when she is not inducting new staff and trustees, she is busy calculating and preparing costs for budget proposals, period end reports and cashflow forecast.  She has been employed with Home-Start Southwark since 2003 and is very proud of the help and support the organisation offers to families and the difference it makes to the local community.  One of her greatest achievement is running the London Marathon in 2010, raising money for the scheme’s annual family trip to Butlins, Bognor Regis.

 

LEONARDO GRECO
Information Officer

Leonardo comes from Rome with family roots in Italy, North Africa, Middle East, Bulgaria and Greece! Before joining Home Start Leonardo worked at youth charity vInspired where he managed a full time volunteering programme to support young people develop skills and gain qualification to become work ready. Leonardo looks after 101 things at home Start including our website, marketing and reports. With no one dull moment at his desk, budgets and delivery plans are Leonardo’s thing in the office, as is theatre outside of it.

 

CHERYL PARKINSON
Senior Co-ordinator

Growing up, Cheryl always wanted to help others in need and  has devoted her career to working with families. Firstly, studying a GNVQ in Health and Social Care then going on to study a BSC Sociology.  Cheryl started working in Social and Child Care, which she found “an heart wrenching but rewarding experience”.  She then joined Home-Start while continuing adding to her education completing an NVQ in Childcare.  Cheryl started as a co-ordinator and later become the Senior Co-ordinator, enjoying both roles and very much enjoying being part of the team.  In the past year Cheryl achieved her best achievement ever, which is becoming a Mummy to a wonderful baby boy.

 

ODETTE ELLIS
Co-ordinator

Odette is passionate about early intervention and joined Home-Start Southwark in January 2014 after working in social care for 22 years. Odette became a mum at a very young age and can empathise and understand the circumstances many of our young mother face bringing up their children. Odette now has two grown up men and two grandchildren a boy and a girl. She loves the theatre, being a Grandparent and enjoys reading a good book in her spare time.

 

MAVALYN BONSU
Co-ordinator

Mavalyn joined the team in December 2017. Before this she spent a few months as a Home-Start volunteer while bringing up her two young children. She enjoyed volunteering as it was a rewarding and valuable experience helping families with young children deal with the challenges they face. Previously, Mavalyn has worked for a school and local authority for many years supporting children, young people and parents. She has always been passionate about helping people to make a difference in their lives.

 

BECCA JONES
Bump to Babe Co-ordinator

Becca joined the team in June 2015. Before this she “enjoyed” singing Old MacDonald on repeat for eighteen months with her baby daughter, after spending the previous twelve years working in children’s and infrastructure charities in London and Surrey. Becca loves ice cream, parks, and hot lazy holidays, and is looking forward to making a difference supporting families in the perinatal period with Home-Start.

 

NATALIE JACKMAN
Bump to Babe Project Assistant

I have been working for a number of years as a baby massage instructor and baby group leader. I knew of Home-Start from my mum who was a volunteer, many moons ago. When the role of Bump to Babe assistant came up, I knew I had to apply and I got the job! Since joining Home-Start in February I have been welcomed by the whole team and love the ‘family’ atmosphere we have. Home-Start Southwark,  do such valuable work locally and I’m proud to be part of the team./p>

 

JULIET THOMPSON
Volunteer Co-ordinator

Juliet joined Home-Start Southwark in Summer 2017 to take the lead on recruiting, training and generally supporting our volunteers in their crucial role of befriending and supporting local parents. She’s worked for charities for many years and was a Home-Start volunteer herself in Kingston and Richmond. When she’s not working she’s usually catching up with friends or trying unsuccessfully to keep track of her four teenage children.


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