New boss for the Children's Centre

The Children’s Centre has appointed a new boss.

Joff Whitten is the new head of the charity. He has more than 25 years’ experience working in the cultural and education sector in the UK.

’I am deeply honoured to be here and be part of The Children’s Centre,’ he said.

’I join a great team with many years of experience, skills and dedication to their work. The importance of what the Children’s Centre do with young people, children and families who are in need of help in their lives, perhaps a tiny bit of magic, can never be underestimated.’

He added: ’We are an entirely self-funded charity and rely upon the amazing donations, gifts and support we receive. I would like to take a moment to thank all our supporters past and present, including a special mention of gratitude to the Scheinberg Family for their ongoing support.

’All of our work is centred around the children, young people and families we support. From a single point of referral, we work with schools, parents and other services to develop a plan that helps children and young people in times of need.’

John Spellman, the chairman of the board said: ’We are fortunate to have someone of Joff’s calibre and experience join us to lead The Children’s Centre.

’We sought new leadership to develop the organisation and successfully implement our strategy to ensure The Children’s Centre continues to provide a wonderful and meaningful service to children, young people and families on the island. Joff is a creative leader with a proven track record of strengthening organisations. He is a strong communicator who is concerned with the wellbeing and opportunities of all children and young people.’

His previous roles include being a committee member for the Heritage Lottery Fund in the east of England; senior consultant for young people for the Arts Council England in the east of England; head of gallery learning for the Courtauld Gallery (London); education manager for the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (Wakefield).

The Children’s Centre’s suppports people up to 25 years old. It helps children, young people and families affected by domestic problems, bullying, anti-social behaviour, self-identity, parenting issues, crime and social isolation.

How can you help?

There are many ways you can support our work.

  • £3,000 per day to run our charitable programmes
  • £7 benefit for every £1 spent on Thriving families programme
  • 40% of local children and young people engaged in our services
  • 16 groups of all ages hosted at the Farm each week