Lisa joined Parents 1st as a volunteer Pregnancy Pal in 2009, as she wanted to connect with other mums within her local community who may have felt isolated and alone, which Lisa experienced herself as a mum.

Whilst continuing in her volunteering role Lisa joined the Parents 1st staff team as a development worker in 2011, where she went out into the community to promote Parents 1st to midwives, health visitors and other health professionals and provide outreach opportunities in Childrens centres, GP surgeries and the local hospital.

In 2016 Lisa was promoted to assistant coordinator of the Pregnancy Pal and Birth Buddy programme. This role incorporates all aspects of the recruitment of new volunteers, providing supervision to established volunteers, undertaking initial and introductory visits to families that have been referred to Parents 1st for support and then matching volunteers with those families and assisting the programme manager to ensure the smooth running of the Pregnancy Pal and Birth Buddy programme.

Lisa completed the Level 3 City and Guilds 3599 Award in Work with Parents whilst training and volunteering and she has attended numerous workshop and study days to enhance the support she can offer to volunteers.

Lisa grew up and lives in Thurrock with her husband, three children, dog, parrot and tortoise.

"I really enjoy my role at Parents 1st. It’s because I know we are making a difference in people’s lives, not just for the families we support but the volunteers also."