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Meet the Torridge Team

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to our team members. We appreciate that going somewhere new for the first time can be a daunting task, so please familiarise yourself with our staff. Our team works across the Torridge district, but each member of staff has a Children’s Centre base.

Helen Hallam

Helen Hallam

Children’s Service Manager

Tel 03300 415494 (Torridge area hub number)
Email Click here to email Helen Hallam

Hi, I'm Helen and I'm the Action for Children's Service Manager, responsible for the strategic development of the Children's Centres across North Devon, Torridge and WOW (the North Devon Scrapstore).  I have been working in children's centres since 2001, starting as a parent and volunteer undertaking a range of training opportunities and qualifications along the way.  I love the variety my job brings as each and every day is very diverse and I work with lots of different staff, volunteers and families.

Kayleigh Stringer

Kayleigh Stringer

Centre Lead, Holsworthy and Torrington

Tel 03300 415494 (Torridge area hub number)
Email Click here to email Kayleigh Stringer

I have been with the Children's Centres since 2008 after coming from an Early Years background.  I am responsible for the day to day management of the Holsworthy and Torrington Children's Centres to ensure the team are well supported and that services are well delivered to children and their families.

I was appointed as Centre Lead in Holsworthy in June 2013 and more recently in Torrington; since this time I have been thoroughly enjoying my role.  I feel privileged to get the opportunity to meet so many children and famililes and see the journeys they travel while making sure the services we deliver at the Centres enable this to happen.

Cathryn Hewitt

Cathryn Hewitt

Centre Lead, Bideford

Tel 03300 415494 (Torridge area hub number)
Email Click here to email Cathryn Hewitt

  

Jane Beaumont

Jane Beaumont

Senior Family Support Worker, Bideford

Tel 03300 415494 (Torridge area hub number)
Email Click here to email Jane Beaumont

Hello, my name is Jane Beaumont. My role is to lead on Family Support at the Children’s Centre. I have been fortunate to have worked in many of the centres across North Devon and Torridge.

I am also a Safeguarding trainer for the Devon Safeguarding Children’s Board.  I look forward to my continued journey in supporting children and families.

Gail Lewis

Gail Lewis

Family Support Worker, Torrington

Tel 03300 415494 (Torridge area hub number)
Email Click here to email Gail Lewis

Hello, my name is Gail and I joined the team in September 2011.

I am passionate about Early Years and believe that all children are unique, with their early years being the most important part of their development.

 

Debbie Woodhouse

Debbie Woodhouse

Family Support Worker, Holsworthy

Tel 03300 415494 (Torridge area hub number)
Email Click here to email Debbie Woodhouse

Debbie and her family have been in the area for over 20 years. Debbie has worked with families in Bideford, Barnstaple and Hatherleigh.

Debbie supports a number of families in the community on a one-to-one basis, as well as supporting Child Health-focused sessions.

Debbie and her husband have three children and three grandchildren.

Emily Stevens

Emily Stevens

Family Support Worker, Holsworthy

Tel 03300 415494 (Torridge area hub number)
Email Click here to email Emily Stevens

I work on a one-to-one basis providing family support to local parents and carers, I have a degree in Early Years Childhood Studies and is qualified as an Early Years Professional.  

Jennie Smithson

Jennie Smithson

Family Support Worker, Torrington

Tel 03300 415494 (Torridge area hub number)
Email Click here to email Jennie Smithson

Hi I'm Jennie.

I have been working at the Centre since it opened. I am the contact for Breastfeeding information and support, and I also organise antenatal.

I am passionate about breastfeeding as I truly believe it gives babies the best start both physically and emotionally. Virtually all women are able to breastfeed if they want to. Breastfeeding adds to the closeness and magic of this amazing time in your child's life.

I look forward to meeting you all before (and after) you have had your babies.

Tina Dennis

Tina Dennis

Family Support Worker, Bideford

Tel 03300 415494 (Torridge area hub number)
Email Click here to email Tina Dennis

Hi, my name is Tina Dennis.  I have been working at the Children's Centre for over 9 years and am a Family Support Worker.  I work with families one-to-one and in groups.

Geoff Dixon

Geoff Dixon

Family Support Worker

Tel 03300 415494 (Torridge area hub number)
Email Click here to email Geoff Dixon

Hello, my name is Geoff and I have been working as a Family Support Worker at Bideford Bay Children’s Centre since April 2010. One of my key roles here is to coordinate and deliver parenting courses. My background is in primary education and when time allows, I really enjoy delivering music and storytelling sessions.

Kay Smith

Kay Smith

Business Support Officer, Bideford

Tel 03300 415494 (Torridge area hub number)
Email Click here to email Kay Smith

Hi, my name is Kay. I work on the main reception at the Children’s Centre in Bideford so will often be one of the first people you see when you visit or speak to when you phone.  My job role here is Business Support Officer; I carry out admin support to the team and produce our publicity.  

Cynthia Symons

Cynthia Symons

Family Support Worker, Bideford

Tel 03300 415494 (Torridge area hub number)
Email Click here to email Cynthia Symons

Hi, I’m Cynthia and I have worked at Bideford Bay Children’s Centre for ten years. I liaise with Pre-schools and Nurseries, Toddler Groups in the community and also help in the Step by Step Group and creches.  

Jacky Brennan

Jacky Brennan

Family Support Worker, Holsworthy Area

Tel 03300 415494 (Torridge area hub number)
Email Click here to email Jacky Brennan

Jacky and her family have lived and worked in Devon since 1978. Her background is in Early Years Education where she worked for many years.

In 2006 Jacky joined the Children’s Centre in Torrington as a project worker, and is now part of the Holsworthy team.

Jacky has a grown-up daughter who is an artist.

Janene Chamberlain-Whipp

Janene Chamberlain-Whipp

Family Support Worker, Bideford

Tel 03300 415494 (Torridge area hub number)
Email Click here to email Janene Chamberlain-Whipp

Hi, my name is Janene.   I started at the Children’s Centre as a volunteer helping in creches.  I loved it so much that I have stayed.  I now work full time as a Family Support Worker and help out in Clinic, Step by Step and Dads’ Group.

Brenda Green

Brenda Green

Family Support Worker, Torrington

Tel 03300 415949 (Torridge area hub number)
Email Click here to email Brenda Green

My name is Brenda, I am a Family Support Worker, based at Torrington Children's Centre.  I really enjoy my work and meeting with all the lovely families of Torrington and the surrounding area.

Karen Cadogan

Karen Cadogan

Family Support Worker, Bideford

Tel 03300 415494 (Torridge area hub number)
Email Click here to email Karen Cadogan

My name is Karen Cadogan.  I have worked at Bideford Bay Children’s Centre for 10 years.  I am a Family Support Worker.  I deliver the Here’s Looking at You Baby and Baby Massage courses and work in Let's Talk More, Betweenies and Nurture Groups.  

Nicki Moyse

Nicki Moyse

Family Support Worker, Bideford

Tel 03300 415494 (Torridge area hub number)
Email Click here to email Nicki Moyse

  

Louise Barton

Louise Barton

Family Support Worker, Torrington

Tel 03300 415494 (Torridge area hub number)
Email Click here to email Louise Barton

My job role is Family Support Worker within Torrington Children's Centre, I have worked here since 2002 when the services first began. I find my job extremely rewarding and I have always enjoyed working with families in the Early Years. I facilitate sessions such as the Here's Looking at You Baby Course

I love being a mum to my two young children. I also enjoy walking, reading and socialising in my spare time.

Sarah Davis

Sarah Davis

Family Support Worker, Bideford

Tel 03300 415494 (Torridge area hub number)
Email Click here to email Sarah Davis

My name is Sarah Davis and I have worked at the Children’s Centre for 10 years. I am a Support Worker and work in drop-in groups as well as crèches. I have lived in Bideford all of my life and am married with two teenage children.

Sue Hawkins

Sue Hawkins

Family Support Assistant, Bideford

Tel 03300 415494 (Torridge area hub number)
Email Click here to email Sue Hawkins

Hello, I’m Sue Hawkins, part-time play worker (full-time messy play!). I’ve been here for 9 years now and I still love to get the children involved in exploring and creating in sensory, messy play.

I love being outdoors as well, with Forest School activities and gardening, rain or shine. My job involves being creative with recycled materials, and exploring the possibilities to do any kind of activity that will enrich play, learning, development, confidence, wellbeing, creativity and promote speech and language.

Tasha Porter

Tasha Porter

Family Support Assistant, Bideford

Tel 03300 415494 (Torridge area hub number)
Email Click here to email Tasha Porter

Hi, I am Tasha.  I love working here at Action for Children and what a great team we are, working together to achieve the best outcomes for children.  My role enables me to supervise children offering crèche facilities, provide activities in play and stay sessions and to be readily available to offer support and advice to children and their families.

Tracy Arnold

Tracy Arnold

Family Support Worker, Bideford

Tel 03300 415494 (Torridge area hub number)
Email Click here to email Tracy Arnold

My name is Tracy and I have worked at the Children’s Centre for 11 years. My role is Family Support Worker, which involves working in drop-ins and crèches to help families with their young children.

Trish Braunton

Trish Braunton

Family Support Worker, Bideford

Tel 03300 415494 (Torridge area hub number)
Email Click here to email Trish Braunton

My name is Trish Braunton and I have been working at the Children’s Centre for over 11 years. I am qualified in Early Years and have Early Years Professional Status and also have management qualifications. I have had many responsibilities in the centre, including the recruitment and management of our volunteers, family support and home visiting, delivering baby massage and more recently facilitating Nurturing Families as I am a licenced Thrive Practitioner.  

I aim to raise aspirations and work closely with families providing support both within the home and regularly in a specialist group with children who have additional needs.

Linda Kelly

Linda Kelly

Family Support Worker, Torrington

Tel 03300 415494 (Torridge area hub number)
Email Click here to email Linda Kelly

Hi my name is Linda, I have worked here at the Children's Centre since the very beginning in 2002. I am a Family Support Worker and facilitate sessions such as the Baby Massage Course.  

I love working in Early Years and particularly enjoy being involved in the baby groups. I find babies and young children fascinating and enjoy working with the parents too, offering ideas to support their child's development as they embark on this amazing journey! 

I am a busy mum of two boys, and in my spare time enjoy horse riding, music, family days out and camping. 

Clare Stacey

Clare Stacey

Family Support Worker, Bideford

Tel 03300 415494 (Torridge area hub number)
Email Click here to email Clare Stacey

My name is Clare Stacey I have been part of the Bideford Team for 12 years.  My role is a Family Support and draws on the training and education I have received over the years to offer you and your family guidance or sign post you to relevant agencies who can provide the support you may need.  

Lisa Downing

Lisa Downing

Family Support Worker, Bideford

Tel 03300 415494 (Torridge area hub number)
Email Click here to email Lisa Downing

Hi my name is Lisa and I have worked at the Children’s Centre for 12 years, firstly as an administrator and more recently I have joined the Family Support Team.

Camille Taylor-Barker

Camille Taylor-Barker

Family Support Worker, Bideford

Tel 03300 415494 (Torridge area hub number)
Email Click here to email Camille Taylor-Barker

Hi, my name is Camille, I have worked at Bideford Bay Children's Centre for over 8 years.  I am a Family Support Worker and also help facilitate the Healthy Baby Clinic and FABB.  I also provide family support and work in creches. I am a smiley person who can always find a positive in everything!

Amanda Heywood

Amanda Heywood

Business Support Officer, Bideford

Tel 03300 415494 (Torridge area hub number)
Email Click here to email Amanda Heywood

My name is Amanda and I am one of the first faces you will see when you visit Bideford Bay Children’s Centre, as I work on the reception welcoming visitors to the centre.  I am a Business Support Officer and the role is varied, with no two days the same.

Andrea Vincent

Andrea Vincent

Support Worker, Bideford

Tel 03300 415494 (Torridge area hub number)
Email Click here to email Andrea Vincent

Hi, my name is Andrea.  I have worked at the Children's Centre for four years as a support worker and am very fortunate to work in such a nurturing environment where I support children under five and their families during our drop-in sessions and creches.

Jane Elkin

Jane Elkin

Family Support Worker, Bideford

Tel 03300 415494 (Torridge area hub number)
Email Click here to email Jane Elkin

Hi, my name is Jane. I am a Family Support Practitioner at Bideford Bay Children’s centre, working to deliver a range services for children and families. My role involves a focus on supporting children’s well being and early communication skills, running Family Talk Workshops, and co-ordinating the Book Start programme.

Carol Claydon

Carol Claydon

Business Support, Bideford, Holsworthy and Torrington

Tel 03300 415494 (Torridge area hub number)
Email Click here to email Carol Claydon

I work with the cluster admin team to ensure that the Children’s Centres run effectively; including finance, personnel and health and safety.  I am also part of the Centre Management Team

Clare Brawn

Clare Brawn

Senior Family Support Worker, Holsworthy and Torrington

Tel 03300 415494 (Torridge area hub number)
Email Click here to email Clare Brawn

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Jackie Gaskin

Jackie Gaskin

Support Worker, Bideford

Tel 03300 415494 (Torridge area hub number)
Email Click here to email Jackie Gaskin

Hi I'm Jackie, I have worked at Bideford Bay Children's Centre for over 7 years, intially as a volunteer, progressing as an employee for the last 3 years.  I am a Support Worker and can usually be found working in the creches.  I love to be noisy and expressive and encourage the children to join in with me!

Cath Goacher

Cath Goacher

Business Support Officer, Torridge

Tel 03300 415494 (Torridge area hub number)
Email Click here to email Cath Goacher

Hi, my name is Cath and I am part of the Business Support team across the Torridge cluster. My role involves providing administration support to the teams across Bideford, Holsworthy and Torrington.

Lucy Prout

Lucy Prout

Family Support Worker, Holsworthy and Torrington

Tel 03300 415494 (Torridge area hub number)
Email Click here to email Lucy Prout

I joined Torridge Children’s Centres in September 2015 and work across both Holsworthy and Torrington Children's Centres. I deliver a number of services including Music and Here’s Looking at You Baby. I also offer one-to-one support to families in the community, with a special focus on children with additional needs. I have a degree in Early Years Childhood Studies and find my job very rewarding and enjoy working with both teams.

Deborah Bedford

Deborah Bedford

Children's Services Assistant, Bideford

Tel 03300 415494 (Torridge area hub number)
Email Click here to email Deborah Bedford

Hi, I’m Deborah.  Following some time volunteering at Bideford Children’s Centre, I am now employed here for 30 hours a week (since April 2017).  I really enjoy meeting families and looking after children in crèches at the centre.  I am going to be visiting parent and toddler groups in the Torridge area and also SCBU at NDDH to ensure parents are aware of the support services available to them.  I am currently studying a Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education.

Simone Tincombe

Simone Tincombe

Children's Services Assistant, Holsworthy

Tel 03300 415494 (Torridge area hub number)
Email Click here to email Simone Tincombe

I joined the Holsworthy team in November 2016. I have a background in childcare and am currently working towards my Level Three Early Years Educator. I love my role and working in lots of sessions within the centre including Here’s Looking at You Baby and Play & Learn. I am hoping to gain more knowledge and being able to progress further within my role.

Kim Spear

Kim Spear

Business Support Officer, Holsworthy and Torrington

Tel 03300 415494 (Torridge area hub number)
Email Click here to email Kim Spear

I am a Devon girl through and through and love to enjoy a country life with my husband and two girls. I love to keep fit and run several times a week but  I also love to bake celebrations cakes for friends and family. 

Lisa Byrom

Lisa Byrom

Children's Services Assistant, Holsworthy and Torrington

Tel 03300 415494 (Torridge area hub number)
Email Click here to email Lisa Byrom

Hello, my name is Lisa and I am a Children’s Services Assistant in Holsworthy and Torrington. My work is primarily concerned with making and maintaining links with Early Years settings and Parent/Toddler groups across the two centres. However, I also get involved in delivering some of the session run from the Holsworthy and Torrington Children’s Centre’s. I am really enjoying the variety of the work, and meeting new children and families. For the past 20 years I have work in Early Years Education and Care and recently gained a BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies.