West Northumberland
Early Help and Children’s Centres

West Northumberland
Early Help and Children's Centres

Meet the Team

Early Help Locality Manager

Jess Barclay-Lambert

West Locality

Responsible for leading the overall development and delivery of integrated Early Help services, including Family Support Work and Sure Start Children’s Centres across the West Locality of Northumberland.

Integrated Centre Co-ordinators

Sue Hodgkinson

Hexham Children's Centre

Gemma Briggs

Prudhoe Children's Centre

Responsible for the operational day to day management, delivery and development of the Children's Centre. Working closely with parents to look at how the services are running and consider what parents in the community identify as a need. Supporting staff and ensuring that our practitioners deliver fun, high quality activities.

Support Team

Karen Fleck

West Locality

Polly Huddleston

West Locality

Provide finance, performance and administrative support to the West Locality Sure Start Children’s Centres and to provide clerical assistance to the Early Help Locality Manager.

Early Help Senior Practitioner

Lesley Lovell

Responsible for the coordination and support of the Early Help Family Worker team in the West Locality; offers advice and guidance on the Early Help process and acts as a first point of contact for enquiries.

Early Help Family Workers

Allison Fieldhouse

Paula Craigs

Steph Bennion

Katy Carr

Joanne Lintin

Judith Doyle

Angela Miller

Vicki Collins

The Early Help Family Workers work with families where there is a 0-19 year old. They can help families with a wide range of issues including practical & emotional support, financial, employment, education & training, parenting & health. 


Melissa Grant

North Tynies

Louise Barwick

Western Tynedale Children's Centre

Carol Hall

Prudhoe Children's Centre

Responsible for room bookings, carrying out routine health and safety checks, collating orders, meeting and greeting families and visitors to the centre and updating database.

Early Years Practitioners

Sophie Dowell

Prudhoe Children's Centre

Gemma Ridley

Hexham Children's Centre

Bridie Heppell

Western Tynedale Children's Centre

Alex Grainger

Hexham Children's Centre

Sarah Baron

Prudhoe Children's Centre

An Early Years Practitioner's role is to provide a high quality learning environment and individual support for your child when it is required. An Early Year Practitioner can:

  • Plan and delivery high quality 'Learning Together Through Play' session
  • Deliver groups such as Brilliant Babies, Great Expectations, Parent Plus (Little Gems) and Tiny Talkers
  • Delivery HENRY programmes
  • Help families to access the centre by offering to quieter times to visit or offering an introductory home visit.