I’m Allie Cherry-Byrnes, Manager at Home-Start West Lothian, I’ve been part of the team since September 2017. As Manager, my job is to oversee the work of the organisation and make sure that the volunteers & staff have the resources and support they need to support local families. This includes securing funding, working in partnership with other local organisations, and putting the Boards strategic vision for the organisation into operation. I am a Community Development Worker by training, and have worked for a number of organisations in both the voluntary and statutory sectors, including First Step Community Project in Mussleburgh, VOCAL in Edinburgh, NHS Lothian and Scottish Government. Working with people, not doing to them, is at the heart of community development, and very much the ethos of Home-Start West Lothian, and I am privileged to be part of the fantastic work enabled by our volunteers, staff and trustees to support families in West Lothian.