Month: May 2016

Meet the staff – Week 3



Hi everyone, I guess it’s my time to tell you a little bit about myself. Above is a picture of me, incase you don’t know which one is me, I’m the second one from the left.

My name is Adam and I have been here at The HUB since January 2015. I was born at a very young age, and I like to think of myself as a good samaritan, washed-up athlete and an especially gifted napper. I have a beautiful pet dog called Brie, who I love in the same way women in commercials love yoghurt. I recently gave up FIFA 16 and so my productivity has increased dramatically. I’m not sure how many problems I have as maths is one of them, but I am real and I hope some of my followers on Twitter are too!

The job I do here at The HUB is #iHUB, which is all about teaching internet and technology safety to students, teachers, carers, parents and anyone else who wants to listen. Which is lucky, as I am a massive technology geek, and fascinated by the huge potential of the world wide web. I try to incorporate technology into the presentations I give, making them as current and valid as possible.

An amazing team environment is what I love the most about working at The HUB, with all the staff working together to offer support to young people, and seeing a real difference in people’s lives. The team also make great cups of coffee, apart from Rosie, she tried to poison me once with out-of-date milk and since then I turn down all offers of hot drinks from her. I think it was a clever plan to get out of making hot drinks, should have thought of that myself.

In my spare time I love going for walks with my dog on the beach, which mainly consists of me walking and her sniffing rocks. I also love cooking, and magic (not at the same time, thats how accidents happen, although could be a new unique act for Britain’s Got Talent).

Oh I just thought of another thing, also, I am amazing at parallel parking!


I know this has been a bit light-hearted, hopefully you can see I think I am hilarious, but the bit about the amazing work the team here at The HUB does is genuine. They are so passionate, proud and wonderful that it is honestly a privilege to work with them, and seeing all the young people engaging with the sessions I give for iHUB always puts a smile on my face.

Meet the staff – Week 2

AearonMeet the Staff

This week’s about me is Aearon Truffit:

I’m Aearon, the Administration Assistant here at the HUB. I’m one of the newer members of the team; I’ve only been working here since February. I started out as a volunteer, but when a staff position opened up, I was super excited to help out in a more direct way.

I’m non-binary, which means that I am neither male nor female, but somewhere in between the two. Rather than ‘she’ or ‘he’, I use ‘they’ pronouns for myself.

I gained an interest in charitable work from my time at Brock University in Canada. It was really interesting seeing the world through a different lens, and I met so many interesting people who taught me some amazing things. I learned a lot about both myself and the intricacies of the world, and I knew I wanted to be a part of making that world as positive as possible for the people around me.

My favourite thing about working at the HUB is seeing the reports, and knowing that as a team we’ve helped so many young people to deal with their struggles and realise their potential. I don’t have too much hands-on interaction with young people outside of Speak Out, so it’s really nice to see the results of my work supporting the rest of the team.

The gerbils and I get along really well! I love them to pieces, they’re super cute, and I would definitely take them home with me if my five cats wouldn’t object!

In my spare time, I enjoy gaming, whether its playing through a video game on my computer, or playing board games or roleplaying with my friends. I also dabble in music and drawing, and I’m developing a bit of a green thumb. I spend most of my time, however, underneath a pile of cats!

Buckingham Palace

It was an early start last Thursday – but 5 staff/volunteers and 4 young people met all ‘glammed up’ at Guernsey Airport to catch the first flight out to London. This year is Barnardo’s 150th Birthday and we were excited to have been invited to Buckingham Palace to celebrate with 8,000 other staff, volunteers, service users and supporters of Barnardo’s at one of the Queen’s Garden Parties.

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Once landed, we met up with Barnardo’s from Jersey and the morning consisted of sightseeing around London’s famous landmarks, before joining the long queue into the Palace. We were all amazed at the detail of the entrance rooms to the Palace, and it was such a joy to see the smiles on the young people’s faces as they meandered their way through the corridors towards the garden.

During the morning we had been teaching the young people about the royal family, and informed them that Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, would be at Buckingham Palace as well as some other famous faces from the television.

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After a few too many delicious cupcakes and sandwiches it was time for us to head back to the airport. Little did we then know that our flight home would be cancelled, and we would have to stay the night in an airport hotel. Running around buying toothbrushes and toothpaste, the unexpected change of plan didn’t faze the young people at all, and I was proud of the way they handle such disruption.

A little jaded, we made it to the flight the following morning and admirably the young people went straight back to college to finish the day.

I would like to say a big THANK YOU to Barnardo’s for inviting us and putting on such an amazing afternoon – but ultimately a bigger THANK YOU to the staff and young people that came on the trip – I had a wonderful day, and hope the experience will stay with you for a long time!!

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Meet The HUB Staff – Week 1

We thought you might like to find out a little bit more about the staff who work at The HUB so over the next few weeks we will be introducing you to the faces behind the green door!

First off, we have Charlie who is our Children’s Services Manager for Barnardo’s in the Channel Islands.


I began working for Barnardo’s nearly 4 years ago and was the first member of staff appointed in the Channel Islands. When I saw the job advertised I was so excited to apply as the idea of The HUB (which had no name at that time) sounded amazing and exactly what Guernsey needed. Barnardo’s are such a well-known charity and as I share a number of the values that Barnardo’s fights for so it seemed like the perfect match.

My interest in charities started when I began volunteering for Samaritans and Youth Commission simultaneously upon my return from university. Both roles gave me a real life insight into emotional health and well-being as well as the difficulties so many people experience, often on their own with no support. It was at that point I knew I wanted to work in an environment that did everything in its power to support the people living in our community.

Last year I was given the opportunity to manage the services we have on Jersey which are completely different to The HUB and I have really enjoyed the challenge. Although the islands appear so similar they both face different challenges and we have to work in a very different environment in each setting. The most enjoyable part for me is working with the different teams of each island. All of the staff who work for Barnardo’s are so passionate about supporting children and families and go above and beyond every day to make a real difference…it’s a privilege to be a part of it!

In my spare time I enjoy being with my partner, friends and family either walking our precious dog Jessi, spending time in the beautiful places Guernsey has to offer or watching endless box sets on Netflix.




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