Hazel Bennett, Schools Worker and ‘Open the Book’ Coordinator

I was blessed to be brought up in a Christian family and to grow up with plenty of wonderful Christian role models. I was encouraged in my faith and supported in youth groups and summer camps. It was some of these people who inspired me to want to work with children and young people and to aspire to be a positive role model to them.

I trained as primary school teacher and worked in London until my children came along, when we moved to Devon; back to the South West where I grew up. Since then I have worked part time as a teacher and raised my family, as well as helping in church based youth groups and Sunday Clubs. In addition to this I have been privileged to volunteer at the same Christian summer camp that I went to as a teenager.

In 2017, the opportunity arose to volunteer with ICE Torbay and then God opened the door for me to become part of the ICE team and OTB Coordinator for Torbay. This has brought together all the skills I have learned over the years into a role serving God and working with children, the two things close to my heart.

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