Family hubs – meet the team
We have a fantastic team of staff and volunteers who are on hand to run sessions and to support families with advice and guidance.
You can meet some of the team below. If you want to get in touch with a member of the team then please contact us and we’ll get back to you.
Tina Ayers – Coordinator in West Family Hub SHOW
My name is Tina Ayers and I'm one of the staff who works as a coordinator in the West Family Hub. I have worked in the West of the city for 20 years.
I am based in Pickles Coppice and I’m usually in the building every day apart from Mondays. I support and supervise the team to provide a safe space and a service for the local community that fits the needs for families and their children.
I get involved in the activities that take place in the building if needed and I’m on hand to resolve any issues that may need a resolution. I appreciate meeting the families and children and seeing the enjoyment they have when attending our sessions.
Amy Reid – EPEC (Empowering parents, empowering communities) Hub Co-ordinator SHOW
I am one of the staff who has the privilege of recruiting and training parent volunteers to become parent group leaders to deliver our evidence-based parenting programmes; Being a Parent (BAP) and Living with Teenagers (LWT). My role also involves co-ordinating the programmes across the city and supporting and supervising the volunteers in their roles of delivering the programmes to as many people as possible.
I came into my role first and foremost as a parent myself and I have gained so much from being involved in this amazing programme.
Caroline Hallett – Referral and Allocation Officer Family Hub citywide SHOW
I am one of the staff who has been involved with early help for many years but now have this exciting role to support parents/careers to increase confidence and knowledge through our parenting pathway and to support volunteers in the community to gain experience to move forward to hopefully gain employment.
I support our local community to gain voluntary experience within our SureStart Family Hubs. This can be from helping run our stay and play sessions, supporting with reception cover, garden maintenance, facilitating parenting courses through our EPEC offer and creating or helping with hands-on family friendly themed activities.
Balwinder Khaira – Senior Worker Foundation at Central Family Hub SHOW
My name is Balwinder Khaira and I work as Senior Worker Foundation and Play across Family Hub Central locality.
A part of my role is to coordinate and plan the universal offer including to quality assure the delivery of a range of play sessions, creches and activities for children aged 0-11 years to ensure a stimulating play environment that encourages learning and development. I speak Punjabi and Hindi fluently and can speak Urdu.
My role also involves developing, coordinate and support the delivery of evidence-based parenting training and group work sessions for parents and carers.
I enjoy working with partner agencies such as health, partnership with colleagues from statutory and voluntary agencies as well as parents.
Claire Henbest – Lead Play Worker at West Family Hub SHOW
I’m a lead playworker working in the West Sure Start Family Hub Team.
I have been in the team for over 10 years, and really enjoy working alongside the families and their children, particularly providing support for children with additional needs.
You will find me in:
- Stepping Stones
- Chatter Matters
- Stay and Plays
Harjinder Digwa – Assistant Playworker SHOW
I'm one of the staff who delivers various sessions to promote children’s speech and language such as Tots & Tunes and Read and Rhyme group. I lead on a Chatter Matter group, working with the speech and language therapists providing messy and play activities to support families in accessing information to support their child’s speech.
I work with partner agencies such as Saints Foundation, helping to run physical activities locally, so families can access physical activities close to their homes. I run a soft play session for children two years and under, they have fun climbing and sliding around. I also support families in the home, in particular with challenging behaviour.
Munazza Yasin – Assistant Family Hub Practitioner SHOW
My name is Munazza Yasin. I am a Assistant Family Hub Practitioner and I have been working for Surestart for around 15 years.
I'm one of the staff who helps support a Tots and Tunes session to encourage parents to sing and tell children stories. I also help run a stay and play session in which I signpost parents to groups in and around the area.
I also help deliver a Rhyme Time on zoom for parents who are unable to attend groups.
I have the responsibility to keep Swaythling playroom equipment clean and tidy, so it is ready for children to use. I also take care of the sensory garden, planting vegetables, herbs, and flowers. I love watching the children explore the garden.
Nadia Abdul – Lead Practitioner SHOW
My name is Nadia Abdul and I am a Lead Practitioner.
Part of the Lead Practitioner role is to deliver Stay and Play sessions, soft play, be the link person for the Healthy Early Years Award (HEYA), link in with community organisations such as the library and support the creche sessions.
While working in sessions, I signpost parents to other groups, events and training that is available through the Family Hubs and community originations.
I deliver Play Packages for identify families on a 1-1 basis in their home and Family Hub to build up confidence. These sessions are developed to support their child’s learning and wellbeing.
I also can speak fluent Bengali. I am always happy to help with translating.