Homestart has been my family. When you fall they will catch you. I didn’t get any support from my family. You don’t feel alone- I know I can call and someone is always there for me. Home-Start is the light at the end of the tunnel. Support has been amazing and been Invaluable.
End Review feedback from Mum
MEET THE TEAM
OUR BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Alan Webb (Chair) worked mostly in the automotive sector for over 16 years, focussed on consumer, marketing/digital and future skills/education. He reduced his working hours earlier in 2017 to spend more time looking after his two young children. Alan is now an independent advisor on leadership, learning and work-life influences to other organisations. He has also been a Hearing Chair and Panel Member at Children’s Hearings Scotland before joining our Board of Trustees in 2016. Alan has particular interest in education, early years, care experience, adoption and family inclusion in services and communities.
Matthew Trotter (Treasurer) joined the Board in February 2013 following his move to Glasgow after graduating from the University of Stirling. He is a Chartered Accountant and a member of ICAS (the Institute of Chartered Accountants Scotland). He currently works for Turbine Services as a Financial Accountant, following time at PwC and Johnston Carmichael as an auditor.
Anita Heyes graduated from Stirling University in HR Management in 2000 and worked in recruitment and training. Following volunteer experience supporting children with disabilities, she moved into employability work with adults with learning disabilities. This inspired her to complete a Masters of Social Work at Strathclyde University and she worked as a qualified Social Worker for over 8 years in the voluntary and statutory sectors with children and families, and latterly in adult mental health. She is now a Senior Social Worker.
Anita is also a Video Interaction Guidance (VIG) Supervisor. VIG works by engaging clients actively in a process of change towards realising their own hopes for a better future in their relationships with others who are important to them.
Jo Walmsley is an Arts Producer with over 10 years’ experience in public engagement and programme delivery within the creative and cultural sector. Jo has worked on a number of major events including the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, Glasgow Commonwealth Games’ Culture 2014 and the Turner Prize 2015. Jo previously spent 8 years as a volunteer befriender and joined the board of Home-Start in July 2015 motivated by her interest in contributing to her local community.
As a previous HSGN supported family, Zainab Gontor joined the Board as a family representative in June 2017. She also chairs the HSGN Family Forum, a new initiative that puts the needs, feedback and ideas of our families at the heart of our service design.
Since 2008, Zainab has worked as a Relief Support Worker with Threshold Glasgow supporting adults with learning disabilities. Before coming to the UK in January 2007, she worked for 10 years as a Regulatory Officer with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control in Nigeria. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry, and a certificate in counselling from West of Scotland College. She is also currently training with a food and nutrition cookware company from America.