MEET THE TEAM

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BARRY STEVENS

Founder & Family Support Worker

 

I’m a fully qualifed Community Youth Worker, having worked in both the voluntary and statutory sector. Most recently I founded the Caleb’s Mountain project, which supports children and young people in the Forest of Dean by working with their families and education establishments. I believe this holistic approach will impact children and young people more significantly than other approaches currently available.

CHARLOTTE BUTCHER

Children & Youth Worker

 

I love baking & eating cake, my favourite has to be chocolate fudge. I've been working with young people for 3 years now and love seeing them grow in confdence as well as celebrating with them when they achieve something they didn't think they would!

HANNAH SEARLE

Course Development & Practioner

I'm a qualifed secondary school teacher with over 20 years experience, and have been involved with many different youth and children's work projects over the years. I'm also a school governor at my local primary school. I am a fully trained Solihull Approach practitioner. I love walking in the woods with my dog, singing with my friends and attempting to play the guitar.

ANN HEMSLEY

Family Support Worker

I'm a mother of three grown-up children, and I am a grandmother. I have been involved with the PTA and was a school governor. I have worked with pre-school playgroups in an advisory and training role and I have had experience as a facilitator for the Parenting with Confidence course. I have run training courses for pre-school parents and I am trained in listening and counselling skills as well as being a fully trained Solihull Approach practitioner

JANE SIMPSON

Family Support Worker

I am married to Robert and we have six children, two of whom are adopted, and 6 grandchildren. We have lived and worked in a variety of places including Rwanda, Nottingham, Birmingham, Newent, Tredworth and now Bream. I trained as a Relate Counsellor and have been a Nursery and Infant teacher for most of my career. I became a Christian at an early age and have been part of a number of churches. I am privalaged to be a Governor at Bream Primary School and also help at our local Early Learners. 

GAIL REES

Forest Schools Lead

I have been teaching for over 20 years and when not in the classroom I am a mum to four children. Having alway been interested in gardening, I set up a garden with lottery funding at Ellwood School and have run a very popular garden club for many years. This year I have been fortunate to take part in the Forest Schools Level 3 training and am continuing to lead this at Ellwood School. I have seen first-hand the benefits of this kind of learning for teamwork and mental health.