Children and Families


Chrystal joined the RUNA team as a RUNA Response worker in November 2018. Prior to this, she had been involved in the fitness industry for a number of years and had been a valued volunteer in our Storehouse project. Chrystal has a background in the Children and Youth ministry at her local church and has a real passion for supporting young people through the many difficult challenges that they face in today’s climate. Chrystal’s desire is that through God’s amazing love she will be a vehicle in seeing the lives of many changed and transformed.


Dean  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.


Mim joined the RUNA Response Team as a project worker in March 2019. She has been involved in various children and youth projects for over twenty years and is a qualified Level 3 play worker and nursery nurse having set up and run a number of parent and child community groups. Mim is also a fully qualified swimming instructor, teaching children from local primary schools, a gym instructor and personal trainer. Mim has joined the RUNA team to make a positive impact on the lives of young people, to offer a listening ear without judgement, and offer support and advice. Her heart is for young people to find their purpose, to be able to fulfil their potential and succeed!


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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