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Staff and volunteers

Different people, different backgrounds, a shared vision!

All the GREAT people….

We are a team that is united in our passion for delivering amazing projects to our service users and partners.  At Families United Network hard work and high expectations are the norm …but so is having FUN!

We are Families United Network!

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Diane Rhodes

Operations Manager

I have worked for FUN now for over 8 years.  I have 2 children, my youngest boy has severe learning difficulties.  This is how I first came across FUN, my family have been members of FUN for a number of years and the whole family have benefited from all that FUN offers.  I am now in a position where I can give back, helping support families and this can be as little as a listening ear.

There is never a quiet day at FUN, we are always looking at new ideas to better the service we already provide, from meeting new families to jumping from an aeroplane to raise money.

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Anne Collinson 

Finance Manager

My name is Anne Collinson.  I am the mother of four children including my son Samuel who is 16 years old and has autism and ADHD.  I have worked for FUN since 2010 and I know first hand how important the charity is to families living with and supporting a disabled child.  I am pleased to be able to contribute to the charity’s continued success, so that it can continue to offer the help and support that children and young people with disabilities and their families desperately need.

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Nazma Miah

Short Breaks Coordinator

Hi I’m Nazma and I am the Short Breaks Co-ordinator for FUN.

In previous roles I have organised corporate and social events, worked directly with children and have managed other short breaks projects in London and Milton Keynes.  I have a passion for working in this field and I am looking forward to seeing FUN grow in assisting families in Bedfordshire receive a short break whilst their child has the opportunity to learn new skills, gain confidence and have lots of fun with the support of our sessional workers.

I have personal experience of caring for a disabled sibling and know how important it is for carers to take time out to recharge their batteries  – or even to spend a few minutes with their partner or other children whilst the disabled person is given valuable opportunities.

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Samira Zaman

Youth & Young Adult Club Lead

Hi my name is Samira and I have recently joined FUN as a Youth and Young Adult club lead. In the short while that I have been here, I have thoroughly enjoyed it. The staff and Volunteers are all very friendly which helps create an enjoyable working environment at FUN. This further has a positive effect on the young people and families who use this service. The staff work so hard in ensuring that everyone who experiences the services here at FUN walks away feeling happy and fulfilled.
I am most looking forward to helping give the young people and Adults at FUN an opportunity to express their views and opinions in a creative way which will in turn aid how the clubs are run. I am fortunate to be a part of a service whose support is life-changing and I am excited to watch FUN grow and succeed. I have always loved working with children and young people and I am looking forward to my journey with FUN.

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Nikki Taylor

Operations Assistant

I started off as the ‘Apprentice Office Administrator’ in 2015 and am so pleased to now call myself the Charity Administrator.

I have spent a lot of time with the young people and families that access our services and have seen for myself how much of a difference FUN makes to peoples lives – especially with the living knowledge of difficulties faced due to my own father having permanent brain damage.

I want nothing more than to continue the great work FUN does for families in Bedfordshire!

 

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Jess Page

Community & Corporate Fundraiser

Hello, I’m Jess.
I have recently joined here at FUN and am part of the new dynamic fundraising team.
I am a mum to 3 children and have experience with children with disabilities through a family member and friends.
As I have witnessed the outstanding work that is done at FUN, I am dedicated to ensuring FUN’s success and continued growth.