Together For Change are pleased to pilot a new initiative that places Family Link Workers in both a school and local church to support families in need. The aim is to ‘parent the parents’ and work alongside families providing practical support in areas such as healthy eating, budgeting, food preparation, parenting classes, family routines and pastoral care. The Family Link Workers are based in Willenhall, Binley and Allesley Park and funding has been provided by the Multi Academy Trust, Together For Change and the Bishops Mission Fund, to the sum of £52,500, to enable the projects to take place. The aim is to strengthen links between the school and church in an attempt to gain learning on how best to support families in need. If the project is successful we will seek further funding and opportunities to develop the initiative across the diocese.

Meet our family link workers:

Rob and Helen Tebbatt

Hi our names are Rob & Helen Tebbatt.  We were born and bred in Leicester but moved to Leamington Spa some 33 years.

Up until 2014 Rob has been working with people with learning difficulties and supporting them in their own homes.  Helen having been a stay at home mum for our 4 girls had worked in Administration for many years.  When not working we love spending time together, and with our friends.  We enjoy ballroom dancing, walking, bird watching, going on holiday and spending time with our now very large family which includes 7 grandchildren!

Rob took early retirement in September 2014 and Helen finished working at St Mary’s after 20 years.  We spent a year listening to what God wanted us to do – this led us to Jet and to become Family Link Workers.  Our work takes us to St Bartholomew Church and School in Binley.  We love being involved in both places and looking forward to seeing the families we are working with blossom and grow as families.  We are planning running various courses with the families as well as holiday clubs and after school activities.

Angela Watson

Angela is our Family Link Worker in Willenhall. Here is a little bit of background information on Angela:

I live in Bedworth with my husband and 5 children, where I spent a lot of time as a stay at home mum and running my own cake business. We have been at our church in Bedworth for about 11 years and in that time I have been working with the kid’s team and helping where I can; this lead to me working at the church as a volunteer in the office to help with admin. I then started working for the kids department part-time and thoroughly enjoyed my time working with this team. As much as I enjoyed working at the church, I decided that I needed a change of scenery, so I started looking for a new job that enabled me to work with families and young people and carry out more community based work… this is when I saw the Family Link Worker job advert. I have now started working in Willenhall at St. John the divine and although I am still new to the job, I have met so many people and already feel a part of the community! I can’t wait to start working at the school and really starting to connect with the young people and families in the area.

If you would like to contact Angela for any reason, feel free to email her on [email protected]