I had my first taste of schools work in 2000, and from there my involvement grew, not only being sent out from Cliff College, but also on my return home in my former Junior School. In 2003 I began work as a Childrens’ and Youth Worker, and involvement in local schools was a high priority for myself and the churches, and so it continued.
I moved to Woking for this role in 2008, and I love my job: there are frustrations and challenges but the opportunities far outweigh any negatives. It's brilliant to work with so many different people and churches taking the gospel into schools. The response from children and staff encourages us to keep on keeping on.
Outside of the schools I enjoy hockey and theatre - and salsa dancing, to keep my wife happy!
Patrick Coad - Schools Worker
Shelley Blunden - Schools Worker and Administrator
I joined Engage in January 2017 as the administrator and project manager. I was previously a vicar's assistant, but my career background was in the commercial sector, including marketing, learning resources centre manager, training adviser, HR admininistrator ... and much more!
In 2019 I took on the additional responsibility of Secondary Schools Worker, going into local schools and Woking College, supporting youth and children's workers with Christian Unions and assemblies. I have always had a passion for children, sharing the Gospel with them and supporting those who take God's word and Jesus’ love out into schools and colleges.
In summer 2019 I completed a course qualifying me as a Mental Health Youth First Aider, accredited by MHFA England. The course gave me a thorough understanding of mental health and mental illness, and how to provide advice and support for young people with mental health conditions.
Michael Kirtley (Chair and Primary Supervisor) - St Andrew's Church, Goldsworth Park
Carolyn Dickins (Co-ordinator and Administrator Supervisor) - Christ Church, Woking
Vicky Henry (Secondary Supervisor and Prayer Co-ordinator) - The Coign, Woking
Revd Jonathan Thomas (Spiritual Oversight and Conflict Resolution) - Vicar of St Peter's, Old Woking
Zoe Ferret (Safeguarding Adviser) - Christ Church, Woking
Codge Vullo (Treasurer) - Christ Church, Ottershaw
Royer Slater (Publicity Officer and Webmaster) - St Andrew's Church, Goldsworth Park
Engage Woking Schools is a registered charity (number 1156005), managed by a Board of Trustees with a broad range of skills and backgrounds.