The first few months of the Relative Experience Project have flown by as we have been getting things set up – but at last we’re getting there!
Project Worker Jenny Mckenna joined the team at the end of October. Jenny has been working in the North East as a Community Worker for more than 25 years, so brings tons of experience and local knowlege to the project. Her first task will be to let people know about the support Relative Experience will offer and she will start recruiting volunteers for training in the new year.
Joining Jenny is new Volunteer Development Officer Vicky Jackson. Vicky will be shaping the training offered to volunteers and will be supporting them as they work with kinship families.
Jenny and Vicky will be working closely together to develop the project, so Relative Experience marks an exciting new venture as the partnership of Grandparents Plus and Family Lives gets underway.
The final partner, the Family & Parenting Institute, haven’t been taking things easy either. Yan-Shing Chang, the Research and Policy Officer responsible for the project, has been sorting out monitoring and evaluation which will prove vital.
My role is to manage the project with the support of Grandparents Plus Chief Executive Sam Smethers. So although my ‘to do’ list doesn’t seem to be getting any shorter at least I have started ticking off a few items!
So that’s it in a nutshell – one new project, three charities and lots of challenges – a steep learning curve for all concerned!
Posted by Alison Blaxland