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.

 

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
Team Manager

Growing up, Cheryl always wanted to help others in need and has devoted her career to working with children & families. Cheryl studied a BSC Sociology before starting to work in the Social Care field, which she has found “a heart wrenching but rewarding experience”. She has now been with Home-Start for 10 years continuing her professional development, starting as a Family Support Co-ordinator, now managing the Family Support Team. She has a passion for making sure all children have the right start in life and believes if you have a strong creative team supporting carers to build a foundation for their family, this will prepare their children for their adult life.

 

ODETTE ELLIS
Family Support 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
Family Support 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
Family support Co-ordinator
(Bump to Babe Project)

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.

 

SERENA DYETT
Project Assistant
(Bump to Babe Project)

I joined Home Start Southwark in October 2018. I have always had an interested in supporting families and giving back to the community where I have lived from birth. I have been working in Southwark as a Child Care Educator for 13 years in various Child care settings supporting children under 8 years old with learning and well-being through the guidelines of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and the National Curriculum. I’ve also studied a BSC Sociology at South Bank University. I am a Mum of two Children and, my hobbies are cooking, going on relaxing holidays and having fun with my children.

 

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.

 

ALISON HENRY
Child Development Practitioner

Alison joined Home-start in December 2018. she has been passionate about working with young children and their education for over 25 years. Working as a nanny, a nursery nurse and then going on to teach for 17 years in London schools. She has taken the lead role in our Big Hopes Big Future programme helping parents get their children ready for nursery and school. She is looking forward to working with families more directly and supporting parents in their very important role as the prime educators of their children.