Ellen Pearl Outreach Children's Charity

Reaching out to the children of Jamaica who are victims of abuse

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EPOCC Trustees

Beverley Chung
Founder & Chair

She was born in Jamaica and came to the UK in 1960.  She has a varied community involvement, including:  working for Help the Hospices charity;  Enfield Council on a project to 'lower the teenage pregnancy rate';  School Governor;  Church Board trustee;  Prison visitor; plus a variety of voluntary work with various children's groups.

 Although retired, Beverley is a qualified Volunteer Counsellor with Childline UK

Despite the varied community involvements listed above, Beverley’s passion is now the welfare, wellbeing and aspirational status of children and in particular the children of Jamaica. She believes that to listen to children in a caring, non-judgemental and confidential manner will empower those who are subject to abuse. Her energy is now directed towards supporting the children of Jamaica to have a voice, to say 'no' to abuse, to bring hope and to provide a service that is ethical and sustainable.

Roger Panton
Vice-Chair

 

A retired magistrate now author, Roger was born in Jamaica but resident in England since 1959. He served 9 years in the RAF before a civil service career that lasted until 2005 when he took early retirement and operated his own HR consultancy.

 

Roger’s community involvement includes
Charity Trustee of MAC89 (Montserrat Aid Committee 89) – Lobbying  the UK government departments and raising funds for the residents of the British Overseas Territory, following the devastation of the island by hurricane Hugo. After the volcanic eruption of 1995, lobbying  the UK government for urgent and appropriate re-settlement assistance in Britain for those fleeing the devastation; raising funds for basic assistance to families and assisting in the re-settlement process, especially for those attending school.


School Governor: Responsibilities include setting operational plans and policies.

 

School Volunteer: Barnet Education Business Partnership - providing senior pupils with training in interview technique, and health and safety at work.

 

For 17 years, Chairman of Schools Appeals Panel for the London Borough of Enfield, dealing with parents’ appeals on behalf of their children for school places and against exclusion from school.

Cecelia Ellis
Treasurer Trustee

 

Cecelia Ellis has worked for over 30 years in a number of large corporate organisations including Eurostar, and The Economist Newspaper Group.  She is currently employed as a VAT Manager.

 

These roles have provided a wealth of customer service and financial management experience.

She served at a welfare mission in Haiti, French West Indies between August 1985 and February 1987 and also worked for a short time with ChildLine UK.

 

She has a strong desire to support the ongoing development of services for children and young adults and build on her previous experience to achieve the aims of the charity.

Emma Barton
Trustee

 

Both of my parents are Jamaican, and I'm extremely proud of my heritage. Jamaica holds a special place in my heart and I would like to be part of an initiative that provides children with a voice and values their experiences and opinions.

 

I am an experienced Principal Practitioner who has worked for many years with children and families in crisis. During this time I've supported lots of children who have been subject to various types of abuse. The long-term impact can be life changing. I would like to be actively involved in helping and supporting children to have the opportunity to enjoy their childhood and be enabled to meet their full potential.

I am passionate about empowering young people, by providing them with the tools and knowledge to make informed choices. I am also an active School Governor who enjoys the challenges and rewards that being accountable for others learning and development entails.  I have worked within social care for over fifteen years, within a variety of different settings both within local government and the private sector.  This has ranged from voluntary work to paid roles, across youth justice, child in need, child protection, to fostering and adoption. During this time I started as a Social Worker and progressed to be a Principal Practitioner and then a Deputy Manager.

 

My work has enabled me to have a good understanding of child protection legislation, policies, and best practice ways of working within the UK. I have an understanding of the structure and ways in which Jamaica currently works and would like to offer support to their current practice. I have an awareness of how to set up services in terms of infrastructure, business policies, processes and procedures.

Jacqueline Longmore
Trustee

Jacqueline Longmore is an experienced solicitor practising in England (nearly 30 years) in the field of child protection and safeguarding. She manages lawyers also specialising in that field providing legal advice and representation for social work teams.

 

She has throughout her career chosen to represent the vulnerable families and children within those families and is a member of the Law Society's Children Law Accreditation Scheme (Children Panel).

 

Jacqueline is of Jamaica heritage and is particularly keen to join with her other trustees in this new charity in achieving the best child focused outcomes for the children of Jamaica.

Joy Crooks (JA)
Secretary Trustee

 

Mrs. Joy Crooks, RN, RMN, OD  is UK trained as a Mental Health and General Nurse.  She was born in Jamaica and since returning with her family in the early 1990s is one of the Foundation Members and Director of the charity CUMI Rehabilitation Day Centre for the mentally ill in Montego Bay, Jamaica.  As Nurse Administrator for 24years, she has been awarded the Jamaican Order of Distinction for her work with the charity and the mentally ill of Jamaica. Coming from the viewpoint that 'every life is valuable and with the right care can contribute positively to society' she has been instrumental in taking the mentally ill off the streets of Montego Bay, feeding, caring, assessing, medicating and rehabilitating them to become healthy, gain self-respect and useful within their community.

 

Nurse Crooks has dual nationality and is happy to be a trustee of a charity that will bring change to the lives of the children of Jamaica.  She has a wealth of experience in setting up an NGO charity in Jamaica that is ethical, sustainable and has gained enormous respect throughout Jamaica.  She is keen to bring those skills and experiences to EPOCC and the Jamaican Childline service.

Dr. Pearnel Bell (JA)
Childline Dev. Manager

 

Dr. Pearnel Bell Ph.D. Dr. Bell is currently the Regional Psychologist for the Northeast Health Authority (NERHA) in Jamaica.  She is a clinical psychologist specializing in child, adolescence and adult interventions.  She is sought after to provide psychological perspective on many issues affecting the Jamaican psyche, frequently quoted in the news media, and is highly respected for her contribution to the field of psychology. Dr. Bell received extensive professional and academic training in Jamaica and overseas. She has a Ph.D. in Clinical/General Psychology from Capella University in Minnesota.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Nova Southeastern University, a Diploma in teaching from Moneaque Teachers College and Post Graduate Certificate in Clinical Psychology from Walden University.

 

Committed to life-long learning she regularly participates in professional development training courses. She is an Adjunct Faculty at the Adler Graduate School in Minnesota USA.  She is an author of several books titles include  “Word Once Unspoken” a book of therapeutic poems, which she uses as part of poetry therapy for clients and 'A Teachers Guide to the Disruptive Behaviour Disorders', both books are bookstores in countries all over the world. She has recently published 6 books for children in a series called the adventures of Dooney the Donkey with Curious Jay.

Hopeton Ridgard
Jamaican Childline Board Member

 

Hopeton Ridgard is a Client Relations Officer (CRO) at the Jamaica Money Market Brokers. He specializes in equities and has over 15 years experience in banking and investments. He has a keen interest in wealth management and youth advancement. He has spoken at a number of events including business seminars, church and educational institutions events.

 

Hopeton is the holder of a Bachelors of Science Degree in Management Studies from the University of the West Indies.  He is a licensed Insurance Agent and Investment Advisor having received certification from the Financial Services Commission and the Jamaica Institute of Management respectively.  Hopeton also holds a Portfolio Management Certificate, a programme jointly offered by the University of Technology and K Fitz Ritzson and Company.

 

During his youth, Hopeton was actively involved in youth ministry and served as the youth ministry leader at his church.  He also assisted in various ministries within Kingston and St. Ann which catered to children and young adults in garrison communities.  Currently, he and his wife share the responsibilities of the Couples Ministry at his local church.

 

He has volunteered on a number of charity events including Kiwanis Club of Providence projects and JMMB sponsored projects.