Month: June 2016

Barnardo’s 150th Anniversary

As the UK’s leading children’s charity, Barnardo’s worked with 240,000 children, young people and families last year in the UK.

Last week, we were so excited to welcome our Director of Midlands and South West and the Director of Children’s Services for Barnardo’s to Guernsey. Barnardo’s has been transforming children’s lives for 150 years, so to mark Barnardo’s 150th anniversary, The HUB held an afternoon tea party for staff, volunteers and service users.

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Despite the down pour of rain outside, we had lots of fun playing Jenga, having our faces painted and building a 150 tower of cups.

Staff had put their baking skills to the test and we ate far too many chocolate brownies, sausage rolls and a delicious birthday cake.


150 years ago Thomas Barnardo founded the charity, Barnardo’s. Since then we have helped hundreds of thousands of children to grow up happy and healthy – but sadly, there is still more work to do.

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Our dedicated staff and volunteers tailor every Barnardo’s service to meet the individual needs of children in the UK, but each has one vital thing in common: a belief in the potential of every child and young person to thrive – no matter who they are, what they have done or what they have been through.

Meet the staff – Week 5

Rosie Williams:

I have been at The HUB since September 2016. I am responsible for HUB+, this means that I see young people on a 1:1 basis and do some group work. At The HUB I see young people individually for emotional and listening support and also look at a variety of interventions such as relaxation skills, decider skills, solution focused therapy.

Prior to working at The HUB I worked as an Assistant Psychologist for HSSD. I spent a large portion of this time working for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service which fits nicely into this role and also Adult Mental Health Service and Adult Learning Disability. I have previously also worked as a research assistant, and like data crunching which comes in useful for our quarterly/annual report.

 In my spare time I do a lot of sport. My main passion is outdoor swimming, and I am currently trying to work my way through swimming to all the different Channel Islands. In the last couple of years I have swum to Sark and Herm, and am hoping to swim to Alderney in the upcoming years. I also enjoy rowing, water polo and running although all of this is balanced out by addiction to chocolate.

 When I first starting working at The HUB I felt left out by being the only staff member not to own a dog. As a result I created an imaginary dog called Larry, I am excited to say that he is now coming to life (although only in the form of a knitted dog).

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Meet the staff – Week 4


I’m Mary Ellen and I have been working as the Service Administrator/Volunteer Coordinator at The HUB since January 2015. My job is really varied, but my overall goal is to ensure the smooth running of The HUB for service users, volunteers and staff.

 As the Volunteer Coordinator, I assist at the administrative end of the volunteer recruitment process, making sure all the relevant forms and documents required by Barnardo’s and the DBS/police checks for volunteers are in order.


I’m from the U.S. and was born in Washington, DC.  Prior to coming to the UK, I lived and worked in the ‘DMV’ as they call the area-which means, the District, Maryland and Virginia. In the U.S. worked for a variety of non-profit and charitable organisations as a political lobbyist, so working with The HUB and Barnardo’s now is a perfect match for me.

 After living in the UK for 10 years, we moved our family to Guernsey 9 years ago. As you know, Guernsey is an idyllic place to raise children with a great work/life balance – which was one of our motivations for making the move from the UK.

 The HUB has been my first proper foray back into the working world since my long career break to raise my family, and I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect situation. It is great knowing that my work helps to support important services to young people and families in need here on Guernsey. And I don’t want to embarrass my very modest co-workers, but I also couldn’t have asked for a better, more dedicated and motivated group of people to work alongside.

 Outside of work, I enjoy spending time relaxing with my family and spoiling the latest addition to our family, a 1 year old terrier-mix we adopted from Spain who the kids named Marta. Yep, that’s right, Marta Carter – a rhyming name that all the vet surgery staff enjoy.


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