How it all began
Bob had a problem as there were no activities for his kids in the local area
Mary, had the same problem, there was nothing for her kids to do in her area.
Bob and Mary met up and talked about what they could do
They agreed to set up a parents forum to discuss the problem
They worked with KCVS to help them set up an organisation to help the parents forum
We received funding to create activities for children
Bob and Mary's children grew up and went away to University so they stopped being involved in Family Voices.
Now we have a new group of trustees and are rebuilding our activities for Children across Knowsley.
I have volunteered and worked in the voluntary and community sector for over fifteen years, I founded my own youth organisation which has received regional and national recognition for its innovation social action projects. I have received completed a BA Hons degree in Social Enterprise Leadership as part of the Aspiring Leaders Programme for Cumbria and Lancashire.
Why you are involved with FV?
I am committed to supporting children and young person to get the best start in life by supporting Family Voices – Family Choices with my skills, knowledge and experience. I want families to have access to learning opportunities, recreational activities and life changing experiences.
When I’m not working I enjoy travelling, dancing and volunteering in the local community.
Hi I am Nicola Burns, I am currently a one to one personal assistant for a young adult with complex physical and learning needs.
My experiences include 10 years working in a private day nursery where I was a manager for 5 years. I was in charge of the day to day running of the nursery, HR, finance, amongst other things. I spent over 2 years working and volunteering with Family Voices – Family Choices as an Early Years and Outreach Co-ordinator; I planned universal services and delivered early years sessions. I gained a lot of training from Family Voices – Family Choices including; Infant Massage Certificate and Paediatric First Aid – Train the Trainer Certificate.
Why you are involved with FV?
As a parent I have personally benefited from the groups that Family Voices – Family Choices provided for families and their children. Family Voices – Family Choices also helped me back into working after being made redundant. I want to help the charity to develop further.
I love spending time with my two young children at the park the beach and going for walks. I also love to spend time with my friends and family and also going to the gym.
Wendy Martindale – Chair
Kelly Wallace -Treasurer Trustee/Director
Shaun Alexander -Vice Chair Trustee/Director
Nadine Melling – Trustee/Director
Restricted Funding – funding which is given for specific projects
High Sheriffs Fund – Get Creative Woodward Trust – Komaru Bush Craft LCVS Community Impact Fund – Buggycise Small Grants or Public Health and Wellbeing – Buggycise Liverpool One Foundation – Breaking the Mould High Sheriffs Fund – Breaking the Mould LCVS Community Impact Fund – Breaking the Mould (Halewood Breakdancing) Volair – Halewood Breakdancing Police Property Act – Phoenix Night Prescot Town Council – Phoenix Night Whiston Town Council – Phoenix Night High Sheriffs Fund – Phoenix Night