(left to right: Jo, Sandra, Jenny, Lucy, Pru, Sue)
Sandra Tidy, Base Manager
Sandra does a fantastic job as Base Manager. Sandra will be a very familiar face to many of you, through her great community work with Tesco, Scouting and Hook in Bloom, to name a few. Sandra is never short of wonderful (and sometimes crazy!) ideas and, with a strong team behind her, she makes them a reality. Watch out 2019, it’s going to be a very exciting year!
Sue Trussler, Base Secretary and Administrator
Sue is an invaluable asset to The Base team, as Sandra’s wing woman! Sue started helping at The Base as an ad hoc parent helper when her eldest daughter joined back in 2013. She loved it so much, she became a regular volunteer leader for the Monday night sessions. Now, nearly six years on, Sue is our amazing Secretary and Administrator.
Pru Gayton, Chairman and PR/Advertising
Pru has been volunteering at The Base for a couple of years now and has been on the committee since 2017, first as Treasurer and now as Base Chairman. Pru is also a copywriter by trade, so handles all of our PR and advertising, as well as keeping the website up-to-date.
Jo Aeschlimann, Treasurer
Jo has always worked with children, and has been the manager at Little Lambs Preschool for over two years. She has been volunteering at the Base for several years and is now putting her accounting skills to good use as our new Treasurer. Welcome to the team, Jo!
Daniel Tidy, Teen Leader
Dan runs our Teen drop-in sessions on Tuesday – Friday afternoons and Friday evenings, engaging with young people at all levels.
Jenny Wallace, Parent Governor & Teen Worker
“I’ve been volunteering at The Base since early 2016, originally to gain experience working with children of different ages. I enjoyed the sessions so much, I have continued to help out on a regular basis. I love that every week brings something different and the joy The Base brings to our young people is amazing to see!”
Lucy Davis, Parent Governor
” I originally started volunteering at The Base to gain experience for my university course, but I loved working with the children and the rest of the Base team so much, I have stayed on! I am currently a student Social Worker at Solent University and am hoping to work with children and families when I qualify.”
Since 2016, the team have been working extremely hard on many new and exciting ideas to engage young people, particularly the teen age range. The increased numbers we are getting through the door each week for both our regular clubs, rotational courses and drop-in sessions, is fantastic.
We’re also very proud to have a fabulous team of regular volunteers, especially on Monday and Tuesday night sessions, both teenagers and parent helpers. We couldn’t do our job without you, so thank you all! 🙂