Volunteers are what help make a difference
ARK enables the churches in the Eastleigh area to show God’s love in practical ways beyond what a single church could achieve and encourages all sorts of people to show infectious kindness to others. If you want to get involved please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet the staff behind ARK Eastleigh
ARK currently employs two members of staff on a part-time basis
Senior Team Leader
I have worked in Pastoral Care in the church for many years and love seeing people empowered to be all that they can be. We often undervalue small acts of kindness, but they are the things that make a difference. I am excited to work with ARK in seeing Eastleigh loved and cared for. I am married to Jeremy, we have three adult children and for many years I cared for our disabled daughter. I am a member of Thrive Church.
I enjoy finding ways in which faith can be expressed through social action. I have worked within the Community Voluntary Sector for the last 10 years, having been a primary teacher before that. I’m involved in pastoral work at my local church where I help to run a mental health support group. I live in Fair Oak with my wife and we have two grown-up daughters and a lovely grand-daughter.
Meet the Trustees of ARK Eastleigh
The trustees are responsible for the policies, procedures, and oversight of the activities of ARK, ensuring that ARK is operating in a safe, ethical and sustainable way and that our activities continue to meet our overriding charitable objectives.
Simple acts of kindness have the power to unlock situations and bring hope which is why I’m excited to be involved with ARK Eastleigh. I have a background in financial management and professional education and I have also enjoyed building successful voluntary sector teams. I live in Bishopstoke with my two sons.
Trustee - Treasurer
I am an IT Consultant, and live in Bishopstoke with my wife Julie; we have three adult children. I am a member of Thrive Church and have a number of years of experience as a charity treasurer. I am also involved with CAP (Christians Against Poverty), providing free debt advice in Eastleigh and Chandlers Ford.
I believe the church has a responsibility to support and encourage the local community, and ARK is an excellent example of local Christians helping the more vulnerable people of Eastleigh. It is a privilege to be a part of ARK both as treasurer and as a volunteer.
Trustee - Safeguarding
I retired from selling Christian Books and Cards in 2012 and am an active member of St Andrew's Methodist Church in Eastleigh. A lifelong member of the Boys' Brigade I now devote some of my time as Pastoral Chair for them in and around South West Hampshire and the IoW area. Married with two grown-up children and three grandchildren, Jenny and I live in Bishopstoke and are members of Eastleigh Health walks. ARK has a real passion for helping and supporting the vulnerable in society and it's a privilege to be a part of the team.
Chair of Trustees
Gavin grew up in Eastleigh and is part of the leadership team at Thrive Church in Eastleigh. Gavin has the responsibility for many areas of Church life including mission, Community, Children & Youth. Gavin worked for Southampton City Council between 2002-2016 within their housing department before joining the staff team at Thrive Church.
Gavin is passionate about enabling people to move forward in their lives whilst offering support for those who are experiencing hardship and difficulties.
Gavin is married to Hannah. They have two grown-up children and one granddaughter.
In his spare time, Gavin enjoys watching football and meeting up with friends and family.
I am a retired IT Consultant, married to Sue, live in central Eastleigh, and am a member of Eastleigh Baptist. I am an active member of a twelve-step fellowship and passionately believe that recovery from addictions is possible by the grace and power of God. I am committed to the principles of ARK Eastleigh, whose work I believe is vital to the community, and as Secretary to the Trustees, I can utilise my admin skills for maximum benefit.