Children and Families


DeanĀ  joined the RUNA team in December 2018 after working in a support role in both mainstream and private education since 2012. Dean also has over 10 years’ experience working with young people on a voluntary basis at Bolton Little Theatre as a lighting designer. He has used his creativity and interpersonal skills to form strong relationships and positive outcomes for students and co-volunteers alike. Dean is committed to improving outcomes for children both in education and in family life.


Janet joined the Family First team in 2016. Her background includes working with children and young people in mainstream and special educational settings as a behaviour support worker and teaching assistant. She has also previously worked as a family support worker, and parenting practitioner delivering the Triple P and Incredible Years courses. Her passion is to see each and every individual built up to realise their amazing value and worth, to support them to reach their full potential, and to facilitate positive family relationships.


Nigel initially joined us in 2018 to look after our service providing emergency food parcels and utility top-ups to people in crisis. He now provides administrative support and data analysis for the Children and Families Team. Before coming to us, Nigel worked in ambulance services, education and computing.


Nicola has a varied background encompassing managing education/ training projects for children and young people in both the voluntary and social care sector. Alongside this, she has worked as a safeguarding trainer, disability advocate in Further Education and an Early Years Practitioner. As our Children and Families Team Leader, she is dedicated and skilled in working with children and families to support and empower them in dealing with the complex issues that can affect daily life. Nicola’s desire is to bring hope and encouragement.

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