Hope for Children & their Families has a team of full and part time employees who work together with a number of volunteers. to deliver services at Hope. The charity’s Board of Trustees is led by Sarah Kelly, Chair and Gill Tait, Vice Chair. The CEO, Sarah Eardley, has responsibility for the team of staff and volunteers has overall executive and operational responsibility. Our Patron, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has supported us from our humble beginnings and we are most pleased to continue to count him amongst our supporters. Our stakeholders and supporters are of great importance and offer invaluable time and resources that help us offer much needed services.
The organisation comprises 6 departments: Admin; Cafe; Child Contact Centre; Early Years; Family Support Service and Finance.
The Admin team is the backbone of the Charity that oversees the smooth running of the Centre and is the first point of contact for visitors. They provide essential admin support to all areas of the Charity, as well as ensure compliance with regard to H&S, HR and other matters. They are by led Anna Beddows who is also responsible for our ISO 9001 accreditation and all our HR and recruitment. The Admin team manage the rental and hire of the training rooms and facilities that are available at the Centre.
Oscar’s Café is our community café open to the public and with the only Soft Play Zone in Bromyard. The cafe team is led by Netti Evans, who used to run the cafe at Bringsty Common. They serve freshly prepared food and lunches and welcome visitors from all over the county. As well as this they also prepare and cook lunches daily for the children who attend the Early Years setting on site. The café supports the Centre and other departments providing refreshments for other organisations using our facilities for training and meetings as well as providing buffets and lunches.
Our Child Contact Centre offers supervised and supported contact to families and children and is coordinated by Louise Davies. Originally from Wales, Louise started her career as a social worker in 1998 and has worked as a senior practitioner and consultant social worker at Hertfordshire County Council before relocating to Herefordshire. Before that she began her career in social work with Caerphilly County Council as a social worker. She and the team are dedicated to ensuring that all children who come to HOPE are at the forefront of our service. They are committed to upholding the highest of safeguarding standards. We accept referrals from private and law cases as well as deliver a contract on behalf of CAFCASS for Worcestershire and Herefordshire court areas.
Rachel Cross, EY manager, is responsible for the Early Years onsite nursery and preschool departments. She is supported in her role by Charlotte Hodges, Deputy Manager, and a team of qualified Early Years practitioners. Their role is to safeguard every child in our nursery and preschool and oversee the learning and development of every child who attends our setting.
Rachel is an experienced Early Years practitioner who is SEND trained and is passionate about enriching the experiences and development of all children who come to HOPE Early Years.
The provision is currently judged Outstanding by Ofsted.
Our Family Support Service is managed by Heidi Mulholland alongside a team of qualified and experienced family support workers. Heidi joined the team in 2016 and has managed the team since 2017. She has over 15 years experience working with children and families. The team’s remit is to deliver the Children’s Centre service on behalf of the charity and offer support and guidance to families who seek help and support. They work across a rural area and with families and children and share information and support to families with children under 5. They offer support at the Centre but also in the community through an outreach service of visits and group activities. They play a key role in partnering with Health Visitors and Midwifery and local Early Years providers to ensure all children under 5 in the local area receive access to services and support that is needed.
Blaise White joined Hope in 2017 as Finance Officer and previously worked as an FD for a large third sector organisation. He has many years finance and accounting experience and his work includes managing the Early Years billing and invoicing process; producing Management reports for the CEO and Board Finance Reports; managing our Utilities contracts and overseeing all finance related matters on behalf of the Charity.
To see the structure of the organisation please click on this link 2019 Organisation Chart