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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.

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MEET THE TEAM

Nikki O'Hara

Nikki O'Hara

Scheme Manager

Amanda Arkell

Amanda Arkell

Family Support Co-ordinator - NL

Jane Jolly

Jane Jolly

Family Support Co-ordinator

Donna Forrest

Donna Forrest

Senior Administrator

Cheryl Mercer

Cheryl Mercer

Service Development Lead

Asifa Hafiz

Asifa Hafiz

Family Support Co-ordinator

Julie Dunan

Julie Dunan

Family Support Co-ordinator

Sharon Lowe

Sharon Lowe

Administrator

Margaret Finlay

Margaret Finlay

Senior Family Support Co-ordinator

Fiona Hamilton

Fiona Hamilton

Family Support Co-ordinator

Mary McConnell

Mary McConnell

Family Group Worker

Kirsty Downs

Kirsty Downs

Family Group Worker - NL

 OUR TEAM

Nikki is the Scheme Manager and has been in the role since August 2013. Her involvement with Home-Start started in 2006 serving as a Trustee with HSGS for 7 years. For the last 20 years she worked supporting families and young people through homelessness and befriending services both in the public and third sector. Her background is in design, which probably explains her passion and enthusiasm for developing an innovative, forward-thinking scheme.
Cheryl was previously a midwife until she had her youngest daughter in 2012. In 2014, she founded a charity which provided support for families affected by birth trauma (something she had experienced herself) and perinatal mental health issues, as well as education for healthcare professionals on the importance of mother and baby while still in the womb. She joined Home-Start as Service Development Lead in September 2018.
Margaret’s work background since leaving university has been working in the voluntary sector. She has been part of Home-Start since 2002 when she worked for HSGS until 2014. From May 2014 to November 2018 she was involved in developing Tron St Mary’s Family Support Project. She loves working alongside people who are passionate about offering effective support to families. She joined HSGN in November 2018 as Senior Family Support Coordinator.
Amanda worked as a Child Development Officer, in both the public and private sector, for many years. She has also worked for Capability Scotland supporting children with Autism and as an Assessor supporting 16-19 yr old achieve their SVQ Level 3 in Children’s Care Learning and Development. She volunteered with Home-Start Stirling before joining us in May 2014 as a Family Support Coordinator and trainee VIG Practitioner. She is currently based in our North Lanarkshire satellite office.
Asifa previously worked in the field of equalities supporting ethnic minorities with health & education issues. She started volunteering with Home-Start in September 2016 before joining the team in April 2017. In her spare time she enjoys writing romance short stories which she will publish at the end of 2017.
Fiona studied Horticulture and ran her own garden design business while bringing up her two daughters. She also volunteered in a number of roles including Parent & Toddler Groups, Autism Family Support Group, managing a school garden and organising charity orchestral concerts. She volunteered with Home-Start for 3 years before joining the team in 2017 as a Family Support Coordinator.
As a graduate nurse, Jane worked in intensive care before studying HR & training. Her work in this area took her to Sainsbury’s, back to Glasgow University and then as Personnel Manager for Scotland to John Laing Construction. Her wide-ranging volunteering experience includes Home-Start (which she joined in 2011), six years as an NHS Non-exec Board Director and a 2014 Commonwealth Games Frontrunner, then Clydesider.
Julie was a Home-Start volunteer before joining the team in April 2017 as a Family Support Coordinator. Previously, she worked for DWP and JobCentre Plus in a variety of roles; her last job was mentoring and supporting clients returning to work. Julie recently returned to study completing a course in Education at Langside College.
Mary’s first career was as a Merchant Navy officer until she married and had three daughters. She joined Early Years Scotland after volunteering on playgroup committees and spent 15 years supporting other parents in managing toddler groups and playgroups. She also became a facilitator with Parent Network Scotland. More recently, Mary trained in massage and other healing modalities to become a Wellbeing Therapist. Mary joined Home -start in August 2015, working part-time as Family Group Worker.
Donna joined the Home-Start team in January 2015. She worked as an Administrator / PA for the NHS and the Rozelle Trust before coming to us. Prior to that, she worked for the Equality and Human Rights Commission for 10 years.
Sharon joined Home-Start as a volunteer in October 2015. She was previously a volunteer with Samaritans. In June 2016 she became a member of the staff team as an Administrator.
Kirsty joined Home-Start as Family Group Worker for North Lanarkshire in February 2019. She had been volunteering in North Lanarkshire as a home-visiting and group volunteer since August 2017.