Meet The Team

Say ‘Hello’ to our wonderful team of trustees and story tellers, without whom none of this would be possible.

Our Trustees

Hannah Lawford

I am a Mum of 3 little people who I want to raise with big hearts and an understanding of how valuable and important every age in our community is.

As a family we have loved being involved in Truth Be Told from early on and I am passionate about the positive impact it has on everyone who comes to share in the joy that storytelling together brings.

I am also passionate about the church, my work within children’s social care, about good gluten-free cake and the 5 fluffy chickens that live at the bottom of my garden.

Jackie

Truth be Told connects everything that I have been passionate about during my work and personal life – family, direct caring, children and older people,  my underpinning Christian faith and Church life.   Storytelling, singing and activity provide an innovative and exciting way to engage both young and old together.  All involved can ‘belong’ and be part of community.

I retired in 2013 as local authority Director of Children’s social care services, after 40+ years working with adults, or children and their families and more than 10 years caring for frail parents.   Married to Richard, we have 2 children and 4 grandchildren.

Lwanga

I love to sing and play music. I also spend a lot of time walking around the Jurassic coast in my free time. Excited to be part of TBT and love how It brings generations together to tackle loneliness in such a fun and interactive way. It’s such a privilege to be part of an initiative that brings so much joy and hope to older adults.

Karen Todd

Karen loves to see people of all ages come together and come to life and that is what TbT facilitates. She is Director of Communications at Moorlands College and the Managing Director of Simplicate, a concept development company. Both these roles allow her to encourage people to be all they can be. Karen is married with three daughters, a son-in-law and a poochon called Nigel! She loves park run and has the privilege of serving as a trustee in three other charities.

Our Story Tellers

Becky Clarke

I’m Becky, mum to four young children, ex-coastguard and occasional TBT storyteller. We’ve loved Truth Be Told since joining Gemma for the first care-home sessions when my youngest twins were tiny babies and I had to bring my dad along to help.

Since then we’ve joined in on zoom, and I’ve run sessions in a toddler group and in a multi-generational cafe setting. We love all we learn from TBT (even the 3year olds can now count- 1, 2, skip a few, 99, 100!)

Yvonne Bright

Throughout my life I have enjoyed working with and around all age groups and so bringing together age groups as TBT does is an amazing project that encapsulates everything about community. I am privileged to work for my Church as a children and families coordinator and as part of my role I run TBT sessions alongside the amazing Abbey View care home and also within toddler groups. TBT sessions give us the opportunity to share stories, build relationships, share the love of Jesus and the truths that knowing him bring to our lives.

Jill Andrews

My name is Jill I am a widow with 3 son’s and 9 grandchildren. My hobbies are first and foremost singing, counted cross stitch, knitting and reading. I love presenting T.B.T. to the different generations. It’s so rewarding seeing the 3 sectors interacting with each other, and watching their eyes light up. Our biggest delight was seeing a lady who suffers with severe anxiety join a session. That is just what we hope for in each gathering to bring love, joy, and peace into people’s lives. Doing TBT is so rewarding.

Susan Langwade

Hi, I’m Sue and I’m thrilled to be one of the TBT storytellers. Being a writer by trade, I am aware of the power of story to entertain, create connections and to release the imagination to run free, whether we have not yet learnt to express ourselves verbally or have perhaps lost the capacity to do so. I believe carefully crafted shared stories, songs and time together can have a powerfully uplifting effect and I love that TBT seeks to express God’s heart in drawing together all sorts and all ages to create a loving community where all are valued.

Sophie Campbell

I am a wife and mother of four, part time squash coach, cleaner and charity trustee! I had a brief encounter with nursing and midwifery, during which I loved the short season I had working with both the older generation and helping to bring new life into the world! I am passionate about family and I am excited to be involved with Truth Be Told , enabling children and older residents to build friendships and bring joy to one another all whilst having fun together. I love meeting people and some of my favourite things are puzzles, tea and Uganda!