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, Weymouth and Portland.
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.
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 when I became a volunteer and have now extended my involvement by being a Trustee. In my spare time I enjoy tennis (playing and watching) reading and travelling.
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 gave me the opportunity to continue with these activities in my new environment. I was delighted to become a trustee and team member and enjoy using my skills and experience to help grow and support Home-Start West Dorset.
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.
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 Home-Start’s aim to support parents with mental health issues. 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.
Following a career as an Area Manager, Regional Manager and Operations Director in licenced retailing - specialising in pub restaurants and hotels, I knew it was time to retire and put my feet up. A short 4 months later after only one day watching daytime TV it was very apparent that I had to fill my time doing something useful. I applied to become a home visiting volunteer for Home-Start West Dorset. By the end of the induction training I had also volunteered to become a Trustee and the Treasurer. I also fill my time as a driver for DCC transporting infants on a school route, and filling in transporting venerable children and adults to day centres. More recently I have also taken on a role with DCC as a safeguarding trainer for bus and taxi drivers.
My other passion is Radipole Park and Gardens in Weymouth where I have worked with the council to submit a Heritage Lottery bid aiming to resolve many of the issues and protect the park and gardens for generations to come......so much for putting my feet up!
I am the mother of four grown-up children and granny to two grandchildren. After a long career in teaching, most recently as Headteacher of a large First School, I changed direction and now work as a gardener and garden designer. I joined Home-Start West Dorset in 2017 and am passionate about the work this charity does for families.
My passion and focus is early years education and I feel very privileged to have always enjoyed my work. I began primary teaching in London in 1975, and since then have also worked in further education and counselling. I have worked in the classroom, mentored, lectured, trained and latterly been a school leader. My hobbies are singing walking , reading and socialising. Every week I spend some time with my family - four children and seven grandchildren who are all delightful!
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 for Dorchester, Bridport, Beaminster and Lyme Regis
I have lived in West Dorset most of my life and am married with 2 sons. 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 WestDorset can offer that.
Kelly Rolfe, Organiser for Dorchester, Weymouth, Portland and Sherborne
I have lived in Dorset for most of my life and now enjoy raising my young daughter here. I have always had a passion for working with families, previously with the Family Information Service and the 16+ Look After Child/Leaving Care Team before taking on my role within Home-Start. I love being part of a team providing very worthwhile early intervention family support and working with our amazing volunteers.
Debbie Powell – Administrator
I live in West Dorset with my husband and twin daughters aged 21. I joined Home-Start West Dorset in 2017 having previously worked as an Administrator in both primary education and in the charity sector.
I enjoy working with the families and the lovely Volunteers.