Meet The Team

Meet The Team

 

 

The following staff work across Ribbleton and Sunshine Children's Centres and New Hall Lane Drop-In:-

 Ribbleton Children's Centre - 01772 539444

Sunshine Children's Centre - 01772 539443

 New Hall Lane Drop-In - 01772 539442

Jane Baxter, Centre Manager

As the Centre Manager my main priorities are to ensure that we deliver high quality services related to the Core Offer:

Early Years childcare and education for all children from 0-5;
Family support and outreach;
Child and family health services;
Links with schools and Children’s Information Services (CIS);
Links with Jobcentre Plus.
 
Multi-agency and partnership working are at the centre of our work and we do this very well.
 
My background is in education and I have been a teacher, specialising in Early Years for over 20 years. I love working with and supporting children and families, as well as colleagues. I am particularly interested in helping families with children who have Special Educational Needs. I am a good listener and am always willing to help, if I can.
 

Wenda, Extended Services Manager

I'm the Extended Services Manager for Ribbleton and Sunshine Children's Centre's, I'm responsible for managing and supporting the Outreach Workers as well as supporting the other Managers in the daily running of the Centre's. I manage the day to day running of the projects we are piloting and I also work with all partnership agencies to ensure we offer the best possible services for our families.

 

Lisa, Business & Finance Officer

I'm responsible for managing the administrative team across Sunshine and Ribbleton Children's Centres.  I'm also responsible for monitoring the finances at Ribbleton Children's Centre and for implementing administrative systems across the Centres to ensure they run smoothly.  It is also my job to ensure all Health & Safety requirements are in place across the Centres.

Jackie, Finance Officer

I am responsible for finances at Sunshine Children's Centre and assist with administrative work at both Sunshine and Preston East Children's Centres.

Beverley & Susan, Business Support Officers

Beverley Richardson & Susan Stephenson

We are job sharers and part of the reception/administrative team at Ribbleton Children's Centre.  Our role involves welcoming families and professionals to the Children's Centre and supporting staff by carrying out all administrative work.

Michelle, Business Support Officer

I am the Clerical Officer and Receptionist at Sunshine Children's Centre. As 'front of house' receptionist, I am the first point of contact for all our service users dealing directly with them face-to-face.  I also help deal with general enquiries over the telephone.  My role involves providing administration support across our various teams including occasional reception cover at Ribbleton Children's Centre.

Safraz, Teacher

I'm the children's centre teacher and my role involves improving quality in early year's education within our centres and reach areas. I'm responsible for managing and supporting Outreach Support Workers and ensuring that they deliver good quality learning opportunities and experiences to all children. I also work directly with three of our linked nurseries offering support in a teacher advisory capacity in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage. I'm also the equality and diversity champion as well as a champion for health initiatives within our centre.   

Mary, Outreach Worker

I am a member of the outreach team for Sunshine and Ribbleton Children's Centre's, offering support to families in the centres and their homes. I advise parents about our services, and can offer support around routines & boundaries, child development, home safety, finance and housing when appropriate sign post them to other agencies who are best equipped to meet their needs. I am parenting champion for both centres.

Wendy, Outreach Worker

 
I am an Outreach Worker for Ribbleton and Sunshine Children's Centre's.  My role is to support families either in the Centre or in their home.  I can advise parents about our services, and sign post them to other agencies who are best equipped to meet their needs. I can offer support around routines & boundaries, child development, home safety, finance and housing. I am currently the SEN champion for both Centre's, I can provide support with sensory play and offer advice for further support/signposting. I am also covering the role of breastfeeding champion for both centre's and provide support, guidance and advice for breastfeeding mum's and their families both in the home and at the centre's.

Natalie, Outreach Worker

I am currently on maternity leave.
 

Safia, Outreach Support Worker

I'm an Outreach Support Worker based at Sunshine Children's Centre.  As well as this, I also run two 'Pick & Mix' groups.  I enjoy working with the families and children who are involved with the Children's Centres.

Emily, Outreach Support Worker

I am an Outreach Support Worker based at Ribbleton Children's Centre. I run the Pick & Mix group on Thursdays at Ribbleton.  I support the Midwives booking clinic at Ribbleton and also visit families in the community offering home safety advice.

 

Mel, Outreach Support Worker

I am an outreach worker and I work across both Ribbleton and Sunshine Children's Centre. I offer support to families in their homes and in our centres and sign post to other agencies. I also run the Dads den group at Sunshine Children's Centre.

Anih, Outreach Support Worker

I am an Outreach Support Worker for both Ribbleton and Sunshine Children's Centres. I run Messy Play on Tuesday mornings at Ribbleton and Active Tots on Wednesday mornings at Grange Primary School. I also visit families in the community for registration, early notification and red book visits. I offer help and advice in respect of home safety, as well as promoting what the Children's Centre has to offer to families.

Hamida, Outreach Support Worker

 
I am an Outreach Support Worker and I work across, both Ribbleton and Sunshine Children's Centre's. I also, am the centre's Speech and Language Champion and I support families that may be concerned with their children's language development. I enjoy running "Simon Says……..", which is speech and language group . I provide Outreach Support to families during new baby and home safety Visits.

Dawn, Outreach Support Worker

I work as an Outreach Support Worker across Ribbleton and Sunshine children's centres. I run the Messy Play group at Sunshine Children's Centre on Wednesday afternoons, Baby Play at the New Hall Lane Drop In on Thursday mornings and the Simon Says speech and language group at the Drop-In on Thursday afternoons.  I also visit new families for registration visits and offer help and advice on home safety. 

Helen, Outreach Worker

I am an Outreach Worker for Sunshine and Ribbleton Children's Centre's.  My role is to support families either in the centre or their homes.  I can advise parents about our services and sign post them to other agencies who are best equipped to meet their needs.  I can offer support around routines & boundaries, child development, home safety, finance and housing. I also facilitate a Positive Parenting course for parents who are struggling with behaviour issues with their children aged 2-8 years and an antenatal class Bump Birth and Beyond for mum's to be and their partners.

Elaine, Outreach Support Worker

I'm an outreach support workers fo Ribbleton and Sunshine Children's Centres.  I run the counselling crèche at the Drop-in Centre, and I'm also involved in the running of the Pick and Mix group at Fishwick School on a Monday afternoon, Ribbleton Library Story time on a Wednesday morning, and Jumping Jacks at West View on Thursdays.  I also visit families in the community for registration, early notifications, and red book visits, and I offer help and advice with home safety as well as promoting the Children's Centre on what it has to offer families and children.

 

Donna, Outreach Support Worker

I am an Outreach Support Worker at Sunshine and Ribbleton. I run and help with the following groups: messy play at Sunshine and Ribbleton and Jumping Jacks at Westview.  I visit families in their homes when a new baby arrives. Also If you are needing support in the home around speech and language or parenting support this is my role too.

Lisa, Counsellor

I am the Counsellor at the Centre and the approach I practice is "person centred."  In a safe and confidential environment.  The client is supported to explore their feelings and emotions and work towards a more stable and fulfilling way of life. Referrals are accepted for all those registered with the Centre and we aim to not have clients wait any longer than 3 months. Sessions are for an hour each week on an unlimited time basis. I also offer and support students in the final stages of counselling training and hold a qualification in fieldwork supervision.

Jackie W, Volunteer Co-ordinator

I am the Volunteer Co-ordinator and work across the centres Ribbleton and Sunshine.  I recruit volunteers to help out in the groups we run during term time and for holiday activities.  There are a variety of roles volunteers can get involved with such as in groups, nursery, reception, baby visits.  I believe volunteering is a great opportunity to get work experience, make new friends, develop new skills and support the local community.  Feedback from our current volunteers say Preston children's centres are a great place to volunteer as they have a friendly, supportive and encouraging team who value our volunteers.

Simon, Outreach Worker

I am an Outreach Worker working across both Ribbleton and Sunshine Children's Centres.  I offer support to families in their homes and in our centres and signpost to other agencies. I also support our health team colleagues at the baby clinic at Ribbleton Children’s Centre, providing support and information to pregnant mothers and families with young babies.

Ben, Outreach Worker

I am an Outreach Worker for both Ribbleton and Sunshine Children's Centre's, providing support to families where needed, working in tandem with other agencies to achieve the best possible outcomes for our families. We offer support around routines & boundaries, child development, home safety, finance and housing. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any enquiries. I look forward to meeting you soon.