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Meet The Team

ArKe Sure Start multidisciplinary team is made up of the following members:

  • Janice Simpson
    Position: Parenting Worker | Email: janice.simpson@southerntrust.hscni.net

    Janice delivers the Nurturing Programme, Incredible Years and other parenting programmes. Father’s events, Baby massage & Baby Yoga also come under the remit of the Parenting Worker. Janice also carries out the initial home visits to register new families with the project.

  • Padrician O’Kane
    Position: Early Years Team Leader | Email: padrician.okane@southerntrust.hscni.net

    Padrician coordinates the delivery of the SureStrat Developmental Programme for Two-Three Year Old  across ArKe Sure Start. There are 2 programmes and each provide group based play for 12 children in their pre-preschool year and are facilitated by 3 members of staff. Play development and summer scheme also come under the remit of the Early Years Coordinator.

  • Maree Loughran
    Position: Family Support Worker | Email: maree.loughran@southerntrust.hscni.net

    Maree coordinates the Baby Café and co-facilitates parenting programmes. Maree delivers story telling sessions and as part of the Family Support Team, provides home based support to families including the delivery of Baby Massage.

  • Paula Murray
    Position: Parenting Worker | Email: paula.murray@southerntrust.hscni.net

    Paula delivers the Home Safety visits and co-facilitates parenting programmes. As part of the Family Support Team Paula provides home based support to families including the delivery of Baby Yoga.

  • Eva Dalzell
    Position: Midwife | Email: eva.dalzell@southerntrust.hscni.net

    Eva delivers ante and post natal support to new and expecting mothers. As the team's Midwife, she also offers additional support to Breast Feeding mothers both individually and through the Breast Feeding support group.

  • Michelle Grant
    Position: Childminding Development Officer | Email: michelle.grant@nicma.org

    As the team's Childminding Development Officer, Michelle recruits and promotes newly registered childminders and provides parents with advice and information on childcare choices. Michelle also co-delivers the weekly Home from Home group.

  • Joy Sloan
    Position: Dietitian | Email: joy.sloan@southerntrust.hscni.net

    As the team's Dietitian, Joy can provide up-to-date information on nutrition and healthy eating for all the family, including pregnancy and weaning advice. Joy can support you on an individual basis or you can take part in one of the regular workshops offering practical tips on weaning, fussy eaters and much more.

  • Louise O'Hagan
    Position: Family Support Worker | Email: louise.ohagan@southerntrust.hscni.net

    As a member of the Family Support Team, Louise provides home based support to families. Louise also delivers the Bookstart+ packs and provides the physical activity programmes Mini Movers and Rumbles and Tumbles.

  • Shauna Donnelly
    Position: Early Years Assistant

    Shauna is one of the team's Early Years Assistants based with Play2Learn. Shauna will also be invlved with Stay & Plays, Dress for Mess and Creche alongside Regina.

  • Kathy Chambers
    Position: Early Years Leader

    Kathy is the Early Years Leader based with Programme 2. Kathy coordinates her team in delivering a combination of play activities, home visiting and workshops as part of ArKe Sure Start's Developmental Programme for Two-Three Year Olds service.

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