West Howe Community Enterprises was established by local residents in 2009 to improve communications about the area and make this a better place to live. We have since become a registered Company and a registered Charity.
Our group improves communication in the area by coordinating activities, learning opportunities and by providing safe places to meet.
We run the Inspiring Change Shop in Cunningham Crescent where you can buy low cost goods in store. You can donate your unwanted items by dropping them into the shop.
We also run Henry’s Café inside Henry Brown Centre and manage the building as a community asset. We co-ordinate a host of activities for and with the community including social and support groups, training workshops, give and take days and much more…
Meet the Team:
Interim Charity Manager – Avril Atkins
I am excited about working again for West Howe Community Enterprises. Having worked here before I already know the community, volunteers, staff, and trustees so I’m really pleased to be back. I bring a wide range of various, skills gaining within the charitable sector having worked for St Mungo’s, Gingerbread, Spitalfields Crypt Trust, Plan UK, and the YMCA. I have volunteered throughout my life across London and Dorset within a wide range of diverse communities and roles. I bring experience gained from attaining a Masters in HRM, MCIPD, Advanced PGD in Professional Development and a BA Business Studies Degree all of which I will be utilising in the role. I am very passionate about levelling inequalities in society, food poverty and homelessness. I love working in West Howe supporting and developing the services for its unique strong and vibrant community. If you haven’t yet met me, drop into the Henry Brown, and introduce yourself.
Cook – Lisa Churchill
My name is Lisa and I am the cook at our community café Henrys Café , I started volunteering for West Howe Community Enterprises around 6 years ago and my volunteering role turned into part time employment 2 years ago with lots of training and support given to me. Our Café was started 5 years ago and has grown into a safe and friendly place to come and have a cuppa and a chat and maybe even a brekkie. I have a disability and I have full time care of my grandson . I love our friendly atmosphere in our café from our volunteers and of course our extended family of regular customers.
Community Development & Volunteer Manager- Corrie Drew
I grew up in the Midlands on an estate really similar to West Howe & moved to Poole to do youth & community work aged 18. For the last 21 years I’ve lived & worked across Bournemouth & Poole in some quite diverse roles, including being a support worker with Social Services & a local housing association. I’ve also cleaned houses & served thousands of cups of coffee! I have lots of experience being a volunteer, organising activities & putting on events, which I want to use to help residents in West Howe make their ideas happen. My greatest passions are housing, food & the environment: things which are essential, but can also be enjoyable. I’m really looking forward to meeting you all!
Inspiring Change Charity Shop Manager- Tania Benjamin
Hello everyone, I’m Tania and I am the new Inspiring Change Manager. For the last 4 years I have been working as an Assistant Manager for Julia’s House. I grew up on the Trinidad Estate in Parkstone where I learnt to make the best of what I had, overcome problems and be non-judgmental. This drives my passion for equal opportunities. I have worked in various roles and find that the experience from these has equipped me with the understanding and skills set for the role of Inspiring Change Manager. With a strong team, the shop will have a welcoming, friendly atmosphere which will be beneficial for the whole community and beyond. I very much look forward to meeting you all and being part of this great new shop which we can all be proud of in West Howe.
Our current board comprises of 6 directors/trustees comprising of 2 of which are resident trustees.
We aim to extend the board of directors/trustees to the maximum of 9 members ensuring adequate resident representation of at least one third of the board.
Our current trustee board comprises of:
Chair – Martyn Underhill
Martyn Underhill was re-elected for a second term of office as Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner in May 2016, having been first elected in 2012. His term has been extended due to the pandemic until May 2021. Previously, Martyn was a Detective Chief Inspector with Sussex Police, retiring in 2009 after 30 years’ service. He was commended for his work on the Sarah Payne case. Martyn leads nationally for PCCs on Forensics, Brexit, Custody and Suicide. He is also chair of the Independent Custody Visiting Association and is a Lay Canon for the Salisbury Diocese. Martyn lives with his wife and numerous animals near Wimborne, and had been involved as a trustee or Chair for the charity since 2014.
Vice chair – Paul Iggulden
As a registered Public Health Consultant with over twenty years public sector experience, Paul brings a highly valuable combination of Public Health skills and management and analytical know how to help address organisational challenges and bring about the changes needed to improve health and wellbeing. He has worked at Associate Director level in Public Health in a Primary Care Trust and more recently the London Borough of Tower Hamlets (October 2012 – November 2014). Paul’s Public Health experience embraces local, national and International work, includes analytical roles such as Public Health Epidemiologist, Project management including a $3m per annum collaborative project with an American College and valuable experience as a Knowledge Manager. Paul is a highly experienced and competent impact assessment practitioner; The HIA in particular brings together skills in qualitative and quantitative analysis. An experienced conference presenter has honed communication skills through reflective practice and training. Paul has enthusiasm for helping teams to perform to the best of their ability has led to extensive training in facilitation techniques and experience of running workshop sessions. He combines rigor and discipline in analytical approaches with creative thinking to make connections across a range of disciplines. These exceptional skills and reflective practice enable Paul to draw upon a wide range of experiences to ‘re-frame’ problems as opportunities. Context-sensitive leadership skills enable leadership outside of authority coaching and mentoring consistently inspire others to identify and implement solutions to bring about desired change.
Treasurer – Jane Kelly
Jane has been self-employed for most of her working life, running a mixed farm in Wiltshire from 1980 to 2003 and before that running a clothing manufacturing business. She moved to Bournemouth in 2004 to retire by the sea but was lured into local Government and successfully stood as a Councillor for Boscombe West in 2011. Jane joined the Cabinet of Bournemouth Council in 2012 and so as well as dealing with issues in her Ward, she has experience in being lead Member for Regeneration, Public Health and Community Safety across Bournemouth. With the changes in the Administration of BCP Council, Jane now has a new Cabinet Lead Member responsibility for Community Engagement. Jane loves being able to make a difference to people’s lives is so rewarding and her job is very varied. Coming from a self-employed background, she sits on the committees of several local voluntary and third sector organisations and often act as the Treasurer, which has given great insight into the work of those Charities who are often a lifeline to people facing all kinds of challenges. Whilst serving as a Councillor, Jane has learnt so much about the demographic of Bournemouth, about their problems as well as their successes and has met many people from all sectors of the population and therefore has links to draw on to help when required.
After a Sociology and French degree at University Sue worked initially in Community Development in Leeds (her home town) and then moved on to the Tenant Participation Advisory Service. Later moving to London she combined having three children with working for a large Housing Association as a Housing Policy Officer and was then seconded to a regeneration programme in Tower Hamlets. From 2002 she led the Bournemouth Neighbourhood Management Programme, part of the then National Strategy for Neighbourhood Renewal, again focusing on area of deprivation, supporting a Resident led Board to develop local solutions. In a move back into Local Government as a Senior Manager she was responsible for managing a range of teams, including Community Safety, Community Development, the Local Strategic Partnership, Equalities and also managing the relationships with a range of partners including the Council for Voluntary Services, Citizens Advice and Healthwatch. In that role Sue was been connected to WHCE, working alongside WHCE, commissioning services from the organisation and supporting its development. Sue has recently worked in the Health Service enabling GP practices to better meet the non-clinical needs of their patients by patients giving their time and offering their skills, and now. She now works for an NHS / Healthwatch partnership, supporting NHS England to carry out effective engagement. Sue lives in East Dorset, has 3 grown up children and in her spare time enjoys walking in the countryside and playing tennis.
Jackie is local resident so has a vested interest in improving the community for all local residents. She has experience of the voluntary sector both as a volunteer and in a paid post as part of the Dove Volunteer Training project, which was a funded by the Lottery within the local community. Jackie gained employment by the Dove project after attending the course herself. She has also volunteered for the Children Centre in the café where she gained key skills in communication, budgeting and working as part of a team. Jackie has also volunteered at Streetwise Safety Centre working as a Guide touring the centre whilst giving safety advice and pointing out dangers in both the home and outdoors. During this period key skills were honed in time management, team work and confidence to Speak in public to large groups. Previous to all this volunteer work and continuing today, volunteers in Girl Guiding for over ten years as a youth leader working with children aged 5 – 15 years. Using and developing creative skills in Craft making, baking, planning and delivering an interesting and varied termly program. As a leader she completed a leadership qualification for which she showed competence in completing all of the above and also run accounts for the group. Self-identified skills which she additionally brings to the role include household budgeting with finances, diplomacy, general maintenance & gardening, team work, the ability to accept without judging, understanding problems and working out resolutions.
Leonora moved to Bournemouth in 1983 from rural Sussex when she and her husband bought a business on East Howe Lane. In 1985 they moved onto West Howe and have lived there ever since, raising 3 three children who attended the then Heathlands First School, Kingsleigh First and Second Schools, Oakmead School, Winton Boys, and Glenmoor School for Girls. Leonora and family were active members of the congregation at St Phillips Church on Moore Ave and remember the move from the old “Scout hut” style building into the present modern building. As a volunteer she has helped to run the Mother & Toddler group at St Phillips. In the early 1990’s Leonora was a Parent Governor at Heathlands First School and became an Adult Literacy Tutor teaching English to locally settled Vietnamese refugees and assisting in an evening class for local adults at Winton Boys School. Although work and family commitments took her away from volunteering, she has always taken an interest in her local community and remembers when the community first took over the Inspiring Change Shop from the then Bartlett’s Butchers shop. Leonora has met many friends and neighbours while living here, now seeing second and third generations coming through!
In 1976 Leonora began working in Library and Information Sciences in East Sussex working for Brighton Central Libraries on the Whitehawk and Moulsecoomb estates (areas very similar to West Howe), East Sussex County Library HQ – Acquisitions and Cataloguing, then Children’s Librarian at Lewes Public Library gaining qualifications to Library Manager level. After moving to West Howe, she worked in West Howe and Kinson Libraries in the late 80s – early 90s, then moved to spend 11yrs working at Bournemouth University Library. While here she began to study for a BSc Social Sciences with the Open University. Her studies included “Knowledge Information & Care” which meant she was then able to manage library information focused on health and social care. Leonora made the move to Adult Social Care in 2001 when she began working for local charity Help & Care, working in partnership with Care Direct Bournemouth. The next 18 years were spent working on factsheet research and information management, NHS Information Standard Administration, along with website data moderation for Help & Care and Dorset County Council for the pan-Dorset Adult Social Care website https://www.mylifemycare.com. Leonora has now retired with her husband and has time to begin volunteering as a Trustee to help grow services and facilities here in our West Howe community.
Our Annual Review:
As our annual reviews become available we will provide them here.
How we are Regulated:
We are regulated by the Charity Commission. We are registered with Companies House and regulated by the ICO.