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

Responsible for leading the overall development and delivery of integrated Early Help services across the West Locality of Northumberland.

Integrated Centre Co-ordinators

Joanne Lintin

Haltwhistle and Bellingham

Sue Hodgkinson


Gemma Briggs

Prudhoe and Ponteland

Responsible for the operational day to day management of the teams and services, ensuring that we deliver high quality services.

Administrative Team

Karen Fleck

Admin Coordinator

Carol Hall


Polly Huddleston


Melissa Grant


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

Denise Clayson

Caroline Price

Judith Doyle

Allison Fieldhouse

Paula Craigs

Steph Bennion

Angela Miller

Katy Carr

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. 

Early Years Practitioners

Katie Foster


Liz Hodgson

Prudhoe and Ponteland

Sophie Dowell

Prudhoe and Ponteland

Gemma Ridley


Bridie Heppell


Louise Barwick


Alex Grainger


Sarah Baron

Prudhoe and Ponteland

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
  • Deliver HENRY programmes
  • Help families to access the centre by offering to quieter times to visit or offering an introductory home visit.