Meet the team
Senior Co-ordinator & Regional Co-ordinator – West Reading
Jackie joined the Engage Befriending team in January 2019.
She has a heart to help older isolated people make connections with other people on a personal level and to help increase their self worth.
In her spare time she enjoys reading, dancing and walks in the countryside.
Regional Co-ordinator – North and East Reading
Sheila has spent most of her working life supporting vulnerable people. She’s committed to supporting older, isolated people through the work of Engage Befriending, and by leading a Pastoral Care Team at her church. Sheila enjoys singing, walking and being with her 5 grandchildren during (any remaining!) spare time.
Regional Co-ordinator – South and Central Reading
Jo joined the Engage Befriending team in February 2020. She has working experience in both counselling settings, and providing support for vulnerable adults.
She enjoys seeing people flourish through the benefits of positive relationships.
In her spare time she loves seeing friends and family, swimming, spending time outdoors, and card making.
Project Director – Engage
Christine joined the Mustard Tree in June 2021. She has worked in the charity sector for many years in communications, PR, marketing and fundraising. Within her role as Project Director, Christine leads the team to deliver the projects making sure that there is funding in place to enable the team to achieve the best for their project and the MTF plans.
She is passionate that no matter what stage or season of life, everyone should be encouraged to be part of their community and have a support network around them.
Outside of work, Christine is an avid bookworm and knits (badly) for the Baby Bear Project (part of the Link4life project that she used to be a trustee for).