To support young parents to have, keep and parent their children.
To support young parents to live a life of confident hope and create a positive future for their children.
As long as it takes....
My working life has been focused mainly on teenagers and young adults, then infants and toddlers. As an Early Childhood Teacher, I know how important those first 3 years are in creating the foundations for childhood, and adult life. Having fostered children, I know first-hand the need some families have for safe, consistent support. Therefore, I am excited to be managing Rachel’s House Trust, supporting and educating young parents to have, keep and parent their precious tamariki well.
I have a lot of experience working in not-for-profit organisations; as a trustee, staff member and volunteer. Being creative and well organised, I enjoy hosting and facilitating events, as well as catering for large numbers. I love gardening, so use my flowers to give joy to many, and my home-grown fruit and veg are preserved and cooked into meals we share with others. I enjoy passing these skills on too, so have recently taught cooking classes within the community.
With my skill-set and the incredible way Rachel’s House Trust helps transform lives, I’m looking forward to introducing the wider community to our work, so we can help more vulnerable families, whilst giving opportunities to others to be involved by giving gifts, practical help, time, experience or money. For together we can make a difference.
I have recently moved to North Canterbury from Christchurch. I was a single parent for some time so understand the challenges parenting alone can present.
I wanted to support other mums who were parenting alone so I started working as a volunteer supporting young mums and their baby’s. I loved the work so much I became a Support Worker in the community. I am passionate about young parents having the opportunity to parent the best they can and become the best people that they want to be.
Rachel’s House Trust is an organisation that offers opportunities that are life changing for young parents and I am proud to be a part of their amazing journeys.
I live in North Canterbury. I am married with four children. As a trained primary teacher and mother, I know the importance of support for young families. I am passionate about seeing families having the opportunity to thrive, belong and contribute to our local community.
The Trust’s greatest resource is our volunteer base of well-trained individuals from the community who give their time, experience and skills to young families. Rachel’s House Trust currently has a pool of 18 volunteers who are counsellors, preschool teachers, primary teachers, nurses, social services graduates and midwives.
The volunteers support clients, provide one on one mentoring and participate in a fortnightly playgroup and connect group and help with sorting, cleaning and storing baby items. Our volunteers give hours of their own time each month. That is 1428 hours volunteered this year! Our paid staff also volunteer their time above their paid hours, as the agency is growing.
We appreciate every moment, every hour that our faithful volunteers give.
The Rachel's House Trust Board is made up of skilled individuals who have backgrounds in social justice, teaching, training, local council involvement and the NGO sector.
Hi my name is Sandra and I am the chair person on the Rachels House Trust Board. I have lived in Rangiora for the last fifteen years with my husband Mike and our now 4 adult children.
My passion and heart is for social justice, social change and to support people in their own personal growth. This is a role that I am able to complete along side my role with the community development work I do for the Hope Community Trust.
I truly believe all children deserve the very best start in life despite their circumstances and that there is always hope.
My name is Julie Cloughley, I’m married to Peter and we have three sons: Richard, David and Jonathan. I have spent most of my working life teaching and currently teach English language classes on Saturdays in Rangiora. I also work as a volunteer and workplace assessor in the Hope Op shop.
Until recently, I was on the Board of Trustees at Rangiora New Life school which gave me a good understanding of strategic planning and policy writing. I also spent time as a volunteer at the Rachel’s House play group and loved mingling with the young mums and toddlers. Now, as a trustee, I am part of a great team supporting and empowering these wonderful young families in our community.
My name is Donna and I’ve lived in North Canterbury all my life and in Rangiora for the past 35 years. With my husband Kevin, we have 4 adult children and 10 grandchildren. For over 40 years we have fostered many children from babies to teenagers. During this time we gained Residential Social Work Certificates and had training in many areas relating to the many and varied ways children come to need foster care and helping the children to move on in the circumstances that have brought them into care.
For this reason, I totally support the work being carried out by Rachel’s House Trust in supporting mothers to be able to care for and value their children in their own homes and be supported by their mentors or other support workers on an individual basis.
I’m looking forward to moving forward with the Boards plan to have an actual house in the future as I see the need for emergency accommodation for Mums/families in crises situations and also have the opportunity to support and teach parents skills that will help keep their children with them at these times.