Staff

Faith Christian Group run four main activities:

ReadiFood – Reading’s Food Bank; A Bed for the Night – Reading Churches’ Winter Night Shelter; “ReadiStreet” – a “soup run” food handout; Norcot Food Pantry

Staff have specific responsibilities but also work across all aspects of the charities activities.

Malcolm Peirce

Director – has headed up FCG since 2005

Malcolm has worked with FAITH both as a Volunteer and then as a Trustee since the early 90’s.  His background is in Education and and a variety of office and administrative roles. He brings a broad brush of skills to the management of FAITH. Malcolm is part of LifeSpring Church in Reading 

 

Amanda Bayley

Assistant Director – responsible for the everyday operation of Faith Christian Group

Amanda joined us in March 2013 as our Administrator. She had worked with us on a volunteer basis and brought with her much experience in Administration and P.A. work. In 2015 as part of restructuring she was promoted to Office Manager. In 2018 she was promoted to General Manager to take on greater responsibility for the overall running of FAITH.

Amanda is a member of St Mary’s Church Wargrave amanda @ fcg .org .uk

 

Alison Peyton

Food Bank Manager – looks after all aspects of the ReadiFood warehouse; parcel deliveries; volunteers; corporate teams

Alison has been with us since 2011 and attends St. John’s and St Stephen’s Church, New Town.

admin @ readifood .org .uk 0118 9872672

 

Wendy Harris

“ReadiStreet” Manager – Looks after our street outreach teams as well as being part of the general office team

Wendy joined us in the summer of 2015 as our Administrator. She has specific responsibility for our ReadiStreet volunteers and operations. She has a wealth of background experience with people who are unemployed and on benefits. Wendy is a member of All Nations (Elim) 

Sarah Mawby

Office Administrator – ReadiFood Food Bank and other office duties

Sarah joined us January 2019. She has a background in administration and customer services.

Sarah is part of New Hope Community Church.

Tara Hensford

Food collections; Deliveries; Warehouse

Tara works for us four days a week enabling us to collect food from supermarkets, schools and other suppliers, parcel deliveries and looking after our “toiletries department”.

James Mawby – Support Worker

James joined us in 2021 as a general support worker right across the charity. James has taken over some of the direct support of clients as well as

Sarah Pedlow

Sarah runs our SAGE women’s Project

 

Margaret Taylor

Margaret runs the Norcot Pantry, managing food stocks and volunteers. She began work with us in March 2022. She is a member od Carey Baptist Church.

 

Previous Staff See also “History

Sharn Harvey

Sharn is a regular temporary employee, helping out wherever we have a short-term need. She was our Bed for the Night co-ordinator for 2018 joining us in October 2017 and latterly managed our B4N Hub 2022. She is part of LifeSpring Church in Reading.

Mary Lewis

Employed as Bed for the Night (B4N) Nightshelter Co-ordinator she wass also our street homeless navigator for Stepping Stones.

As of 2021 we cannot run the night shelter so she has become manager of our new B4N daytime hub designed to give those in B&B and other temporary accommodation things to do during the day and a midday meal.

Mary has proved to be an amazing addition to our team. She is part of St James Catholic Church on the Forbury.

Louise Cross

Proving again that people just can’t stay away! Louise was employed on a temporary contract to co-ordinate A Bed for the Night for January and February 2016. She came back from October 2016 to run the 2017 Night Shelter. She moved on to full-time employment in supported housing but is now (October 2020) back with us one day per week in a Navigator role.

Andy Dutton

Worked for us on A Bed for the Night and supporting guests into permanent accommodation 2019 – 2020

Kevin Derham

Stepping Stones Support Worker

Kevin joined us in February 2016 to run our Stepping Stones housing project.

Kevin left us in January 2018 when we sadly had to close the project due to financial constraints.

Richard Caldicott

Richard  was with us from September 2010 till mid 2015, having previously volunteered for us. He was responsible for running Stepping Stones, ably supported by Tony (below). Richard proved his worth in researching background legislation and setting up documentation.

Claire Leonard 

Claire worked with us as our Bed for the Night co-ordinator in January 2015. She did a fantastic job and is much missed as we work at the shelter the second year.

Tony Henson 

joined us in the summer of 2011 and soon proved his worth. Tony was responsible for our Street Outreach work “ReadiStreet” but spends most of his time looking after tenants in our Stepping Stones housing project. He moved on in the Spring of 2015

Jonty Langley 

Jonty joined the staff in October 2010 having volunteered with us on the streets for a number of years. He brought a good deal of that experience as a volunteer to help him as he ran our street outreach programme “ReadiStreet”. Sadly his stay with us was not long. But in the time he was with us he put some useful systems in place and built a good rapport with volunteers. He is much missed on staff, but appreciated as a volunteer.

Christine Durston

joined us in October 2007 taking on organising the evening Soup Runs as well as delivering parcels during the weekdays. She previously worked for The Chalet in Reading, working with ex-offenders.  She brought a wealth of experience to the team.   She was originally brought in to work alongside Brian to increase our capacity.

Rose Godbeer 

Rose took over looking after the office at the beginning of 2008. She picked up where Jan Hearn left off in reviewing and simplifying our record keeping. Rose left us to begin a new ministry with her husband towards the end of 2010

Jan Hearn 

Jan joined us in November 2007 on a temporary contract until January 2008, to cover our office administration. Jan was able to help us improve our record-keeping methods. She was sadly unable to stay on with us due to illness, but we were very grateful to her for bridging a gap and remains a keen supporter of FAITH.

Janine McCoull

Janine worked with us as a support worker from 2009

John Jenks

John joined us in November 2007 fast proving himself to be a great member of the team. John had a real gifting with collating and presenting statistics, so we are gradually getting a much better picture of the services we deliver. Sadly for us he was offered a very tempting full-time post with an organisation that he had wanted to work with for a very long time. We wish him every blessing.

Brian Harris

Brian joined us in August 2006 and proved to be a valuable member of staff bringing with him a genuine empathy for our clients.He did a stirling job fitting in his hours with FAITH alongside his business as a hairdresser.For personal reasons he left us in November 2007.  He still keeps in touch and is doing great.

Vicky Greener

Vicky worked with us up till October 2007. Back in those days with such a small staff she had to cover virtually all of the admin for the street work and the embryonic Foodbank. We are grateful to her for her contribution to the work of FAITH over the years.She stays in touch and is now thoroughly enjoying her new career as a classroom assistant with one to one responsibilities for a child with learning difficulties.

See also “History