Family Link Workers

Together For Change are pleased to announce that the Family Link Workers programme was so successful that it has now been given funding for a second year!

Family Link Workers are placed in both a school and local church to support families in need. The aim is to ‘parent the parents’ and work alongside families providing practical support in areas such as healthy eating, budgeting, food preparation, parenting classes, family routines and pastoral care. The Family Link Workers are based in Willenhall and Binley, with funding provided by the Multi Academy Trust, Together For Change and the Bishops Mission Fund, to the sum of £52,500, to enable the projects to take place. The aim is to strengthen links between the school and church in an attempt to gain learning on how best to support families in need. The project was a huge success in its' pilot year and has now been given further funding to continue into its' second year.

Rob and Helen Tebbatt

Rob and Helen are our Family Link Workers in Binley. Here is a little bit of background information on the two of them:

We were born and bred in Leicester but moved to Leamington Spa some 33 years. Up until 2014 Rob has been working with people with learning difficulties and supporting them in their own homes.  Helen having been a stay at home mum for our 4 girls had worked in Administration for many years.  When not working, they enjoy ballroom dancing, walking, bird watching, going on holiday and spending time with their now very large family which includes 7 grandchildren!

Rob took early retirement in September 2014 and Helen finished working at St Mary’s after 20 years. They eventually both ended up applying for the Family Link Worker position in Binley as a joint role. We love being involved in both the church and the school and look forward to seeing the families they are working with blossom and grow as families. Rob and Helen are currently running various courses with the families as well as holiday clubs and after school activities.

Tristram Peattie

Tristram (Tris) is our Family Link Worker in Willenhall. Having only joined us in January 2018, Tris is still fairly new, but he is already doing a brilliant job! Here is a little bit of background information on Tris: 

For the last 14 years Tris has been working with young people and children, starting as a volunteer leader in a local children's church setting.  Working for the Brighton & Hove City Mission on the Children's team and then as a family link worker for the past 2 years in Eastbourne.

Tris has been married to his wife Hannah for 10 years and has two young children.  He loves all things sport related and, as he is relatively new to the area, he looks forward to being able to visit the Ricoh Arena to see the WASPS in action! Tris loves all action and superhero films and enjoys days out with his wife and children.

Tristram Peattie - "I am really enjoying working in Willenhall with St Johns the Divine Church and Stretton C of E Academy. Both the school and the church have created a very friendly and uplifting environment in an area that some may say is facing challenges. I am looking forward to working with the families of Willenhall and seeing what God is going to do in this community".

Sarah Folkes

Sarah lives at home with her husband Jack, their two daughters and Raffy the cat. She loves all things crafty, including machine sewing, embroidery, dressmaking and needle felting. She has lots of projects on the go and likes to make things as gifts for friends and family. Sarah took up running last year and completed her first 10k by chatting with a friend for all of the course! She also likes baking at home and her children enjoy helping her out too (aka licking the bowl of melted chocolate!).

 

For the last ten years, Sarah has been working at a primary school as a class teacher and SENCO. She admits that her favourite part of the job was to see the children grow in confidence and enjoyed building relationships with the families. She even had to stand in during one school production as an ugly step sister- much to the delight of the pupils, parents and other members of staff!

 

Sarah Folkes- “I am really excited by my new role at St Matthew’s Church and Salford Priors C of E Academy. The Church seems keen to develop further activities for children and families to engage with and the School has such a nurturing and welcoming atmosphere that I already feel at home there. I feel that God has a plan for me being here and I’m looking forward to working with everyone in Salford Priors.”

Rea Verdon

I was born and raised in Coventry, a true Coventry kid, I even got married in the Cathedral! I have been married for 14 years and have three children.  I first attended St Laurence’s Church after my eldest daughter started at St Laurence’s school and we were invited to Messy Church. It was such an inspiring event and opened my eyes to what I had been missing out on in my faith.

 

When I left school I trained to be an electrician and worked for several years on various building sites around the Midlands. After having my daughter I chose to be a stay at home mum which allowed me to become more involved with the church and school eventually becoming a Messy Church leader and a founding member of the PTA. As a family we like to explore the great outdoors, disappearing off in our trailer tent for camping adventures. In my spare time I like to read, knit and crochet.

 

I am looking forward to this new opportunity and to be able to get to know families in the community better. I’m sure there are great things planned for us all!