Hi all, I’m Emma and I’m a member of the management committee at Banwell Buddies. 

I have two children, 12 and 6, and we’ve lived in the village for 9 years. Before that I’ve lived in various parts of the country but I grew up in Winscombe and have family there. I trained as an early years teacher and worked in a few different schools but stopped when my son was little. I run a project for the council now, and am on the Partnership Board for our group of local Children’s Centres, and an assistant leader at 1st Banwell Beavers. 

I joined the committee when my son was little, had a break while he was at school and my daughter was a baby, then rejoined to make sure that the committee kept on going and Buddies stayed open! I feel like I’m using my skills and experience and have really enjoyed being involved in current practice in early years settings. Things in education are always changing and developing so I’m learning all the time. 

In general we only meet three or four times a year; there is always plenty to do though if you’re keen! Being involved in community groups is really rewarding. You get to see first hand how living in a village community enriches people’s lives. I also have really loved developing relationships with the people I’ve met, and the team at Buddies are really awesome! Meetings are always interesting, we’re all lovely people and it’s really great to see real progress being made.