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Home-Start West Dorset is governed and managed by a group of Trustees. Trustees are all unpaid volunteers who come from a range of backgrounds and communities across West Dorset. 

Trustees work in partnership with staff and volunteers to support families and to give children the best start in life.

Trustees are appointed on the basis of their interest in Home-Start West Dorset and by their skills.  

Roles and responsibilities are being defined, through Home-Start UK training, to make sure Trustees have the necessary qualities, skills and knowledge to govern effectively and responsibly ensuring that legal and financial obligations are met.

Our Trustees

Stella Jones MBE

I am a Mother of 4 and I have 8 grandchildren. I am a retired teacher, having taught Reception class for 18 years at Damers First school in Dorchester. I have been a Dorchester Councillor for nearly 40 years on West Dorset District and Dorchester Town Councils and a past member of County Council. I have been Mayor of Dorchester twice and Mayoress 3 times. My involvement with Home-Start West Dorset began five years ago when I became a volunteer and I am looking forward to extending my involvement by being a Trustee. In my spare time I enjoy tennis (playing and watching) reading and travelling.


Andrew Bailey

After a career in electronics and IT management in Essex, I returned to my home in Dorset in 2010. Whilst in Essex I joineed Rotary and became involved in helping a number of organisations and charities, especially supporting fundraising activities. I have a wife, Eve, a son, two grandsons and a great grand-daughter and really enjoy family life. Moving to Dorset and semi-retirement gives me the opportunity to continue with these activities in my new environment. I am delighted to become a trustee and team member and look forward to using my skills and experience to help grow and support Home-Start West Dorset.


Dorothy Rowe

I have been involved with young children and their families for the whole of my career.  After initial pre-school involvement when my own children were young, by running a Pre-school and Chairing the Lancashire Pre-School Learning Alliance. I worked in the Early Childhood Unit at the University of Bristol for 9 Years, as a Research Associate, Training Co-ordinator and Deputy Director of the Child Development Programme, an Intervention Programme, training Health Visitors and Community mothers, supporting parents in some of the most deprived areas of this country, in West Germany and in Belfast. The Programme aimed to teach Health Professionals to work in a different way with families to empower parents and raise their self-esteem. I worked as an Inspector for Early Years Services for Sefton Council before moving into the Education Department to manage Sefton Early Years Programme.

In 2000 I set up a training company, designing and delivering training for Early Years Professionals. I became involved with Home-Start Chorley in 2001, initially as a tutor delivering Family Learning sessions, as a Consultant, as a volunteer, an Advisor to the Management Committee and Trustees, then as a member of the team as an Organiser, and latterly as Family Groups Co-ordinator. During this time I was responsible for running workshops for Volunteers and Children’s Centre Staff, and for disseminating our Groups model to other UK Home-Start Schemes.

Throughout my career I have recognised the importance of positive support for parents and families and seen so often the difference it can make to people’s lives. I moved to Dorset in 2013, and I am delighted to have been appointed as a trustee of Home-Start West Dorset.  I look forward to making a positive contribution to the Scheme.


Jenny Beatt

I was brought up in Dorset; leaving to train as a Speech and Language Therapist. This has been a fascinating and varied career involving working closely with children and their families in a wide range of settings. In addition the job  has also allowed me the chance to work alongside other health and educational professionals as well as take on a training role. Latterly my work involved helping babies, toddlers and children to develop early communication skills; either through speech or non-verbally. This communication is an important basis for bonding and later skill building. I recently took early retirement in order to take on a variety of voluntary roles.

Volunteering for the Rethink Mental Health charity has provided me the opportunity to develop my awareness of mental illness and the ramifications for families and I hope to contribute to Homestart’s aim to support parents with mental health issues 

I have been living back in Dorset for 26 years and here we brought up our family. As a parent of two I have learned that parenting is not a straightforward experience. It is a constant reminder that we are all learning skills all the time and all need some guidance.

Mike Goulden




Our Staff

Helen Horsley, Senior Organiser

I have lived with my family in Dorset for over 30 years and have experience of a number of practical child care roles prior to becoming an Ofsted inspector and lecturer in child care.  I have a PGCE in further education and a range of training, education, child and social care qualifications. For six years I was Programme Area Manager for Care Studies at Weymouth College. 

Tammi Gale, Organiser

I have lived in West Dorset most of my life and am married with 2 sons. Until recently I ran a Bridport pre-school with 60 children on roll. I know from my own experience and my past roles that it is not unusual for there to be times when families with young children need a little extra support and I believe Home-Start can offer that.

Kelly Rolfe, Organiser

I have lived in Dorset since I was 14.  I am now married with a young daughter.   I have previously worked for the Family Information Service and the 16+ Looked After Child/Leaving Care team.  These jobs along with my various volunteering roles, have given me a passion for working with families and children.

Jane Hutchings, Administrator