Ellen Pearl Outreach Children's Charity

Reaching out to the children of Jamaica who are victims of abuse

EPOCC Trustees

Beverley Chung

Beverley Chung

Founder, Director & Chair

She was born in Jamaica and came to the UK in 1960. She has a varied community involvement, including: working for Help the Hospices charity; Enfield Council on a project to ‘lower the teenage pregnancy rate’; School Governor; Church Board trustee; Prison visitor; plus a variety of voluntary work with various children’s groups.

Although retired, Beverley is a qualified Volunteer Counsellor with Childline UK

Despite the varied community involvements listed above, Beverley’s passion is now the welfare, wellbeing and aspirational status of children and in particular the children of Jamaica. She believes that to listen to children in a caring, non-judgemental and confidential manner will empower those who are subject to abuse. Her energy is now directed towards supporting the children of Jamaica to have a voice, to say ‘no’ to abuse, to bring hope and to provide a service that is ethical and sustainable.

Authee (Marjorie) Lopez-Stewart

Strategy/Schools Programme

With over 34 years of teaching experience including 23 years of headship in two UK primary schools, I have extensive knowledge and experience of working with children; managing and motiving staff; making effective financial decisions; understanding of regulations, policies and good practice in Safeguarding and Child Protection of children and young people. I have also led the planning of many fundraising activities and am therefore able to support the Board in developing strategies for fundraising, to explore corporate funding opportunities in Jamaica and through social media.

I am currently teaching voluntarily at Park Mountain Primary School in Jamaica and am therefore fully aware of the culture, needs and challenges faced by young people. I believe that children can be vulnerable, unprotected and therefore feel that Childline Jamaica will give a ‘voice’ to children. I am willing to support the Board by going into schools in Jamaica to promote the Childline in a ‘child-friendly‘ manner to gain their attention, empowering them to understand their right to seek help when needed. I am also willing to continue volunteering in the Jamaica Childline office.

I fully support EPOCC in its aim to help protect the children of Jamaica from abuse by giving them an opportunity to be heard, ensuring the establishment of Childline Jamaica and any other EPOCC projects.

Emma Barton

Emma Barton

Trustee

Both of my parents are Jamaican, and I’m extremely proud of my heritage. Jamaica holds a special place in my heart and I would like to be part of an initiative that provides children with a voice and values their experiences and opinions.

I am an experienced Principal Practitioner who has worked for many years with children and families in crisis. During this time I’ve supported lots of children who have been subject to various types of abuse. The long-term impact can be life changing. I would like to be actively involved in helping and supporting children to have the opportunity to enjoy their childhood and be enabled to meet their full potential.

I am passionate about empowering young people, by providing them with the tools and knowledge to make informed choices. I am also an active School Governor who enjoys the challenges and rewards that being accountable for others learning and development entails. I have worked within social care for over fifteen years, within a variety of different settings both within local government and the private sector. This has ranged from voluntary work to paid roles, across youth justice, child in need, child protection, to fostering and adoption. During this time I started as a Social Worker and progressed to be a Principal Practitioner and then a Deputy Manager.

My work has enabled me to have a good understanding of child protection legislation, policies, and best practice ways of working within the UK. I have an understanding of the structure and ways in which Jamaica currently works and would like to offer support to their current practice. I have an awareness of how to set up services in terms of infrastructure, business policies, processes and procedures.

Paulette Edwards

 Treasurer/Secretary

Paulette came to the UK from Jamaica as a baby and has a love and interest in the Island and its development. After leaving education in the 70s, Paulette worked in several departments within Finance and Personnel in both the private and public sector as well as a children’s charity, a printing company, teaching agency and school governance. Her employees included the University of North London, British Telecom and Islington and Enfield councils. She was also a Foster Carer for over 10 years. Paulette worked in Primary Education for 23 years, as an Administrator, Bursar and for the last five years prior to retirement, as a School Business Manager. Now retired, she has continued with voluntary work, supporting the elderly and Ellen Pearl Outreach Children’s Charity.
Her interest in Childline first came about in the 90s when she worked as a volunteer for Childline UK in its Administrative department and became aware of the serious issues faced by some children. When her sister Beverley Chung, suggested shared the vision of a Childline service in Jamaica she immediately knew this was something she wanted to get involved with to help improve their lives.

Sonia Bernard

Fundraising/Strategy

With over 30 years professional experience, 14 years of which has been within a Health & Social Care setting for a large social housing provider, Sonia comes with significant leadership and management experience, and an understanding of both vulnerability and safeguarding.  With further fundraising and communications experience, Sonia is a very welcomed addition to our Board.

‘I’m thrilled to be joining the Board of Trustees and EPOCC, I am passionate about ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the island’s children, and will work with enthusiasm, passion and commitment to ensure the aims of the Charity.’

Sonia joined the Board of Trustees in March 2020 

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Grusche Michelsen

Training/Policy

Grusche has worked in the charity sector for 14 years in both Denmark, Cambodia and the UK, focusing on organisational development, capacity building and people management.
She has worked for and been involved with Childline UK for 12 years and helped capacity built Child Helpline Cambodia.
Through her career, Grusche has developed staff and volunteers carrying out learning needs analysis, service evaluations and designed and implemented development programmes to improve the quality of the business in the organisations she has been working with.
Grusche is currently working as Director of People in a charity called ReachOut which delivers mentoring to young people from disadvantage background in London, Liverpool and Manchester.
Grusche has a BSc in Educational Studies and a MA in Communication Studies from Roskilde University in Denmark and MSc in Voluntary and Community Sector Studies from Birkbeck University in England.

Lesli-Ann Belnavis

Lesli-Ann Belnavis

Childline Jamaica Manager/Counsellor

Ms Belnavis is a qualified MSc Art Therapist, specializing in working with children and adolescents from the ages of 2-adulthood with varying conditions including autism; depression; trauma; grief; stress; complex personality disorders and with other emotional/developmental and behavioural concerns; physical disabilities; HIV and AIDS concerns.  She has developed training programs for correctional officers and staff workshops, managed volunteers, acted as part-time guidance counsellor for students, worked with single mothers as an inspirational lead on behalf of the Ministry of Education and the National Education Trust. Her experience is wide-ranging in working with young people across Jamaica and in the US and has a passion for care and well-being of children.  She will be responsible for the training and supervision of a team of volunteer telephone counsellors.