As parents we know only too well how hard it can be to provide our children with all that they need. Our aim is to support local parents to cope with the difficulties they face, by helping them to provide their children with the best possible start to their own lives. We believe that every child has a right to have its basic needs met with dignity.
Shona is a local running coach who has been coaching beginner and intermediate runners for well over a decade, and hundreds of women in the Sevenoaks area have been introduced to running by her. She is co-founder and co-facilitator of the award-winning Up and Running group, which is aimed at women suffering from anxiety and depression. Her contact with Children’s Services began with a Christmas gift campaign which was supported by the members of the running groups and the wider community, and developed into the beginnings of Friends for Families. Shona is a mum to 2 boys and lives in Sevenoaks.
Debbie is a working mum and has 30 years’ experience as a HR Professional; she is currently Group HR Director for Shawbrook Bank. She was delighted to join the team to help to establish Friends for Families (Sevenoaks) and is looking forward to us growing from strength to strength. Debbie is also mum to 2 girls, both working themselves now, and a younger boy who is still at school. Debbie hails from the North East originally but now lives in Sevenoaks with her partner, son and cat Scampi.
Hannah currently works in HR for a Global Investment Bank. She started her career in Big 4 professional services consulting where she worked for ten years before taking a career break and using it as an opportunity to change track.
She has been involved in various local community initiatives including volunteering at West Kent Extra’s 8-12 youth group, running the Sevenoaks NCT nearly new sales and being a governor and Vice Chairman of the governing body at Seal Primary School. She has also acted as a consultant for the sporting charity Access Sport.
She lives in Sevenoaks with her husband, two children and two step daughters.