A family from the travelling community has been attending Homework Club at HMP Oakwood FPC each Tuesday evening for 12 months; within the family are two boys aged 5 and 3. The elder boy would enter the centre initially quite boisterous, running in and out of the play area, around the tables where people eat, pushing his little brother around on a
Jane is a former Further Education College Head of Department specialising in training and vocational guidance for unemployed adults. She has 20+ years experience in the voluntary sector. Her experience includes working as Funding Unit Manager at Birmingham Voluntary Service Council and as Development Manager with two large community regeneration charities. Over the past 10 years she has worked with many local charities as a self-employed funding development advisor and with national organizations as a grants assessor. She joined the Trustee Board of HALOW (Birmingham) some 15 years ago, and is currently Chair. She is also a Board member of 2 Christian charities and a Management Committee member of Solihull Faiths Forum and Birmingham Council of Faiths.
Bridget Cameron BEMVice Chair Board of Directors
Bridget’s career was in senior educational management with Solihull Metropolitan Council where she led on Special Needs assessment including training, child protection and tribunal work. Bridget has over 20 years experience in voluntary sector leadership, both with HALOW (Birmingham) as Vice Chair and with St Martin’s Youth & Community Centre where she is currently Acting Chair. Since retirement from her public sector career, Bridget has continued to work in a voluntary capacity in the community to support disadvantaged children and prisoners’ families. As HALOW (Birmingham) Vice-Chair, Bridget is HR Lead, with oversight of 50+ staff and is the Nominated Safeguarding Officer for the charity. Her service was recognized in the Queens New Year Honours List 2016 where she was awarded the British Empire Medal.
Veronica is a former Manager of a Youth Hostel in Birmingham where she worked for many years before retirement. She is a Founder of Prison Link Ministry; visiting prisons and conducting Bible Studies. Her experience also includes Director and Loans Officer for a Credit Union and involvement in missionary work in Africa and India. Additionally, Veronica is a former Co-Chair of Aston Churches Working Together and National Director of Women’s work in England & Wales and organizer of Youth Camps for a national church.
Natalie is a Programme Director at BVSC, leading on "Birmingham Changing Futures Together"; a multi-agency initiative which aims to ensure systems change is delivered in the way that services are designed, delivered and commissioned for people with multiple and complex needs. Natalie joined BVSC in July 2014. Previously she worked at the Prince's Trust in Outreach and Development, and as a Mental Health Manager. Since graduating, she has pursued a career working with both adults and young people to support them with their personal, social and vocational development. Natalie is the Third Sector representative on the Board of Governors for Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust and also sits on Birmingham's Homelessness Partnership Board, Housing First Steering Group and the Systems Change Action Network.