Helen Hender

Background Info:
Helen has lived and worked in Bournemouth for the past 25 years. Her various roles have included Rehabilitation Assistant at Meta & Hannah House, Social Work Assistant within a long term child care team, Youth & Community Worker for Springbourne Christian Centre, Personal Advisor and Team Manager with the Connexions Service and currently she works as a Youth Development Worker for the Council for Voluntary Service in Bournemouth and Lecturer and Placement Manager for Moorlands College in Sopley.

Helen held the portfolio for housing for a number of years within the Bournemouth Connexions Service and regularly attended meetings and got involved with challenging, lobbying, supporting and shaping young people’s housing issues in the Town.

In her current role with CVS Helen works with a number of voluntary and community groups who offer support and advice to young people around their housing option.

Why Michael House is important to me:
Michael House has been part of Helen’s life since it first opened and before that Michaels Night Shelter held an equally important place. As John Coulston’s daughter Helen has always been interested in and supportive of the work of her father. Joining the board at Michaels House has been a privilege. Working with Jim was always a delight and now seeing Michael House steaming ahead under Marks new leadership makes being a trustee one very exciting adventure! People have often joked “like father like daughter” or that by becoming a trustee of Michaels I am walking in my fathers footsteps. My answer is always – as far as caring for and supporting the homeless of our Town is concerned “I am walking in the footsteps of a giant.”