Our Children & Families Worker

Stephanie Packham

My family and I moved to Devon 3 years ago and we are thrilled to call this beautiful part of the world our home. With the love and support of my husband, two daughters, mother-in-law and a great circle of friends and neighbours, life in Devon has exceeded all of our expectations and we feel very blessed to be here. Living in Whitnage, a small village situated in the centre of our 6 parishes, I feel lucky to both live and work in the community in which I serve.

Born and raised in Lincolnshire, I am the youngest of three children. With an Ecuadorian mother and a British father I enjoyed a happy mix of catholic and anglican traditions growing up. At the age of 18 I moved away from Lincolnshire and never went back. This proved to be the first of many moves including an opportunity to live and work in Lancashire, London, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Australia and the U.S.A.

I have a degree in Psychology which led to a rich and varied career path in health and social care, working in both the activity therapy and community development field. Outside of work I have thrown myself into church and community life and have valued the fellowship of my church family with each move made. Having started a family, I sensed a growing passion to work with children, so I set up an arts and crafts centre for children in my home and just before moving to Devon I embarked on a PCGE to qualify as a primary school teacher.

I have moved around a lot, but with each move I have collected new friends and new passions. From therapist to community development specialist; from a love of arts and crafts to a love of working with children; from a growth in faith to a desire to serve. It’s funny how life twists and turns, but now I know why life has been so varied - it was so that I could pick up all the skills I needed to be a Children and Families Worker right here in Devon. What an answer to prayer.