Some time ago I joined Fleet Lions; they are a great group of people doing their best to help those in need and as a by-product entertain the residents of Fleet. Unbelievable though it may be I am actually good at organising events. I became treasurer of Wrecclesham Youth Club way back in the 60s and because of my background later became treasurer of Fleet and District Community Association also involved in youth work and the early days of ‘The Point’.
I am now also the Treasurer for Fleet Phoenix but additionally I am still involved in lots of the community events in Fleet.
I started working as a Youth Worker in Hampshire in 1984 and was Area Youth Worker for Hart for three years. I was also the first Community Development Officer in Fleet working at Ancells Farm when it was being built. I was part of the Juvenile Justice team locally and also worked in local schools as an Education Welfare Officer before moving across to social work. I worked in Hampshire and Berkshire specialising in working with teenagers then returned to Fleet to manage the Hart Youth Team. I now have a safeguarding children role in Hampshire Children's Services but have been delighted to continue to support Fleet Phoenix Charity as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the last four years and love being able to give some practical support at times. I have lived in Fleet since 1983 apart from two years living in Aberdeen. I have also lived in Canada and Africa and all over the UK in the earlier part of my life. I have three daughters and twin grandchildren.
I initially became involved with the team in 2010 as a volunteer, this was back when The Point was ran by Hampshire County Council and Charlotte was the area manager. I continued to volunteer when austerity measures meant that the youth service locally was going to be reduced dramatically and Charlotte decided to found the charity.
In one way or another I've been with the team from the charity's inception; as a volunteer, a youth worker, fundraiser and now as a Trustee. I was brought up in Fleet and until recently have always worked and lived in Hart.
Being a part of Fleet Phoenix has given me opportunities to give back to my home community and support the people living here.
My family has direct experience of the immense value that Fleet Phoenix adds to young peoples’ lives and the positive difference it makes to their families. Our family has benefited hugely and I wish to “give something back” so that as many others as possible may benefit from the great work that Fleet Phoenix does.
I’ve lived in Hampshire for almost 30 years and in Fleet for over 20 of them. All of those years have been spent working but having recently retired I hope that I can share my skills and experience to help Fleet Phoenix grow and flourish in the years ahead.
I’m married with two adult sons and have lived in the Hart area for most of my life.
I have been a youth volunteer since 2003 when my then 4 year old son decided he wanted to play football. There followed 17 years volunteering as a FA certified coach/manager and Club Official with various local football clubs, including Fleet Town, Fleet Spurs and Hartley Wintney Youth. I have found working with young people over the years enormously rewarding. It has enabled me to not only develop their passion for sport but also instil a team and work ethic that will follow them into their adult lives.
My introduction to Fleet Phoenix came 4 years ago courtesy of my youngest son’s broken clavicle. To stop him getting bored, we bought him an electric guitar; he started to going to music sessions at The Point and never looked back. He’s now studying music at Uni and still attends Jammin most weeks.
I have a background in acoustic engineering and found myself helping to maintain some of the existing equipment and (pre-Covid) acting as roadie for the young musicians at Fleet Phoenix when they performed in the community, in particular the performances at Aldershot Lido.
I look forward to being able to offer whatever support I can to enable Fleet Phoenix to continue to develop and grow for the future.