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Cherrie Bija

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Penplas Family Centre

6-9 Llangwm




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Registered at Eastmoor Centre, St. Barnabas Church, Uplands, Swansea SA2 0LP


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Lord Mayors Tea for Volunteers – 5th December 2011


We greatly value all of our volunteers who demonstrate such dedication and commitment to their roles. We have volunteers involved in planning services, childcare, administration and finance and each and every one of them make such a difference to our work with children and families living with disadvantage in our Diocese. 

Some of our volunteers were inivited to the Lord Mayors Awards and here they are:


From Penplas Family Centre:-

Shirley Kerrison

Shirley worked for the Family Centre for a number of years, before being made redundant due to lack of funding. Not put off by this Shirley came back to the centre as a volunteer the following week.

Shirley now volunteers each Thursday during our family lunch sessions and has also started to volunteer during our play scheme sessions. Shirley is the craft queen and loves helping the children and their families with the weeks craft activity.
Shirley is an asset to our team, fondly known as “Auntie Shirley” she is known throughout the Penplas community and often recuts new families whilst out and about at the local shops!
Gisele Jones
Gisele joined the team at Penplas in June 2011, instantly Gisele rolled her sleeves up and joined in with the team. Initially Gisele volunteered during playgroup sessions but then became intrigued about other services running at the centre. Gisele now volunteers in playgroup one week, the following week during family lunch and she also volunteers once a week during our play scheme.
Gisele always welcomes you with a big smile and a hug, she takes time to listen to you speak and is interested in everyone. Gisele has fitted into our team perfectly; she loves spending time with the children and parents and is also loves to cook, so she is the perfect addition to family lunch J
Along with Gisele’s kind, caring and friendly nature Gisele has a wealth of knowledge and skills.
From Bonymaen Family Centre/Eastside Family Support Project:-

Judith Thomas and Sally Cullen


Judith Thomas has been involved with Bonymaen Family Centre since 2007 when she came along with her young children. Since March 2010 Judith has been considering her career options as her children are getting older and she wanted a job that would give her enjoyment and a challenge. Eastside Family Support Project helped Judith to consider a number of career options and Judith felt that she would enjoy working with children, providing help and support in either a school setting or a child care setting.  Judith started her NVQ level 2 in childcare in 2010 and has since progressed onto the level 3.

Judith volunteers at the Holiday Playschemes, Crèches, and Playgroups, she also helps out at local community events and consistently shows lots of enthusiasm and initiative even dressing up to fit with the theme. Judith does her placement hours at the Bonymaen Family Centre and is reliable and hardworking and is a key member of the team. Judith also works Sessional hours for EFSP and helps support the running of the crèche.  Judith is actively looking for full time employment in the childcare field. Despite all this Judith still has time for her college work and is an excellent mum to her three children.
Sally Cullen has been volunteering at the Bonymaen Family Centre for several years; her children also attend the centre for play scheme and after school club.  Sally is always willing to help and can always be relied upon. You will often find Sally dressed up and raring to go, this could mean that she is wearing a bunny suit or just sporting a crazy coloured hair do. Sally helps out at all the community events and works hard and relates well to the children and adults that come along. 
Sally has many gifts and has a great creative flare, as a result of the Eastside Family Support Projects (EFSP) Back to Work Jewellery Programme Sally has gone on to make some fantastic original pieces of jewellery and has used her skills to support other groups such as Swansea Young Families and Youth Services to teach and support the learning of new skills. Sally is always on hand to help others at the Art and Craft group which she attends regularly. Sally has two daughters and is a dedicated mum, she is hard working and has been supported to access the Photography Course at Gower College. Sally is now into her second year and hopes to gain a career that will allow her to work around the demands of family life. 
 Tracy Roberts
Tracey Roberts has been a volunteer at Bonymaen Family Centre for a number of years, her son attends the centre and accesses the play scheme and after school club. Tracey has a natural flair for anything creative and brings that enthusiasm into the centre at any opportunity especially in helping design stage materials for use by the children at our annual talent show.   She shares her expertise in making Jewellery/Craft items at the groups run by EFSP and has recently been out amongst the local community giving art/craft tuition. Tracey is a real asset to the team, Tracey has recently started her Diploma in Childcare at Gower College, and her experience through volunteering has inspired her to seek out a career for herself in this field. Tracey is always full of fun and will always brighten up a dull day. Although for Tracey life has had its ups and downs she remains strong and is a real inspiration to others. 

From Clase Caemawr Family Centre:-

Donna Abbott started volunteering with us in June 2010 when our after school club opened at Clase Primary School.  She has proved to be huge asset as she already knows all the children as she is also a TA at the school.  Donna is reliable and hardworking and is a key member of the team.

 Craig Thomas


Craig is our volunteer in after school club and our open access play sessions, throughout the sessions Craig is always involved with the activities.  The children especially enjoy sport activities including football, tennis and cricket.

He is brilliant at getting the children involved in play, he is seen as a valued member of the team and attends every session never letting us down!
A huge thank you to both of our volunteers who we are very grateful to, they allow us to have a higher ratio of staff to children which in turns give better quality play experiences to the children.  We are very pleased to give them the opportunity to be recognised for all their hard work and commitment to children.