Telford and Wrekin CVS Team
Telford and Wrekin CVS is supervised by a board of trustees, managed by Mrs Debbie Gibbon, Chief Executive Officer and staffed by a team of committed and dedicated individuals who work hard to provide comprehensive services for a better community.
Debbie Gibbon, Chief Executive Officer
Debbie joined Telford and Wrekin CVS in 2005 as a support worker for Telford SEND IASS. During her time within the organisation she has managed Telford SEND IASS, Telford Young Carers and Telford Carers Centre. She joined the senior leadership team in 2015 and became the Chief Executive Officer in 2017. Debbie has worked in front line services for vulnerable people, initially children services and then adult services for all her working life working within the public sector, a national organisation and in the voluntary and community sector.
Debbie grew up in an area of poverty, surrounded by extended family in the 1970s. Community and family-based support was really important to thrive and achieve. She is passionate about change for the better. She has a high expectation of all our service delivery based upon organisational values, principles and integrity.
Alongside our Board of Trustees, she is proud to lead Telford and Wrekin CVS into the future and strive to make every decision in the best interests of our organisation and our staff team.
Julie Collins , SEND IASS Service Manager
Julie has been part of Telford and Wrekin CVS Organisation since 2005. She moved to Telford, Newport having worked in both the statutory and voluntary sector in South Derbyshire. Julie initially gained experience within early years settings and qualified as a nursery nurse. She ran a local preschool and worked in a voluntary capacity as a Rainbow’s guide within her.
She gained further experience within her role in family support at a Barnardos family centre and began to develop a greater understanding of the issues that families can face and how important it is to feel part of a local community. Julie completed by Social Work Diploma and extended her knowledge and skills within the context of statutory services. She later returned to Barnardos as a social worker to develop a rural community project.
Her passion has always remained community focused as she believes that there is strength in working together, being part of the local community and working within the CVS Organisation has enabled her to have a greater understanding of what support is available locally for many families who access Telford and Wrekin SENDIASS service. Julie has been fortunate to be able to take part in raising much needed funds through the Alzheimer’s Society and have supported dementia raising events, through her own personal experience.
Wendy Longfield , Service Manager of Telford Autism Hub
Wendy Longfield commenced employment at Telford and Wrekin CVS as Service Manager of the Telford Autism Hub October 2015. During this time the service delivery requirements and size of team have grown significantly .
Wendy’s strong organisational and administrative skills made the whole transition come together smoothly. Resulting in being awarded an outstanding achievement award from the Clinical Commissioning Group to the Telford Autism Hub for all the changes and improvements that have been made for the autistic community.
Wendy has worked within the care sector for many years now , from working alongside the elderly as a Domiciliary Care Manager to managing a team of support workers assisting with vulnerable adults in the community.
Wendy has always shared a passion for helping the community . Wendy says because she loves what she does , she has a steady source of motivation that’s drives her to do her best. She loves to make small changes to people’s lives as it can make a big difference to their life.
Laura Thorogood, Service Manager of Carers Centre
Laura is a Postgraduate MSc including Law (LLB Hons), commissioning and procurement in Health and Social Care. She has an extensive 13-year leadership within practical commissioning and procurement of health and social care services in communities working with a range of partners across the ever changing public sector landscape.
Laura joined Telford and Wrekin CVS in November 2018. She is a Service Manager of the Carers Centre working with a passionate team who assist and empower family carers of all ages at any point on their caring journey. She enjoys being part of the wide team who take people along the often-tricky emotional challenges and enable individuals to flourish.
Meena Sivara. Project Coordinator for Building Better Opportunities (BBO)
Meena Sivara is a Project Coordinator for the programmes and has been successfully contributing in this position for over a year. She initially struggled to secure a job. With sheer determination and dedication, she volunteered with the BBO project for a year before acquiring her current role.
This is a great stepping stone for others who have sought guidance and leadership in her. Her persistence has also recently won her an award for Excellence in Compliance. Meena is a confident person who is driven by passion to help others build their self-esteem and career pathway. She has shown tremendous support to her colleagues and remains an asset to the organisation. She continues to aspire and inspire those who struggle to find suitable volunteering and employment opportunities and upgrade their lifestyle emotionally and mentally.
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