Who We Are
We are a Christian charity working within schools and at the heart of local communities in rural West Sussex.
Through the dedication of staff and volunteers over more than ten years Splash has gained the trust and appreciation of many schools, communities and churches in our area.
Thank you for visiting our site. We hope you enjoy looking around and finding out more about who we are and what we do!
The Splash team is the heart and soul of the operation with a passion and enthusiasm to bring a continuous flow of fresh ideas into our activities. We have a strong emphasis on working alongside local churches to envision, train and equip others. This means the core team stays small, relying on strong team work and effective partnerships to deliver our activities and programme.
Michelle has been involved in splash for a long time; first as a valuable volunteer and mother, then as a trustee and now she has taken on the role of project manager. Here is what she has to say: “As Caroline decided to step down, I felt God telling me it was time to step up, so here I am! Some of you will know me through the time I spend volunteering at our Splash summer holiday clubs. I have also been a trustee of Splash for a number of years. I am married to Steve, we have four children (Caitlin, Joshua , Rachel and Caleb) and we are a part of the community at Storrington Community Church. Splash has had ten amazing years with Caroline at the helm and I feel privileged to take over from her. I am very excited about the new season we are entering into and I am looking forward to meeting many of you over the next few months. I pray you will all join me on this amazing journey!”
Contact Lois about our current schools programme, to book an assembly visit.
The charity is overseen by a group of trustees who have had a close relationship with the values of Splash over years. They are rooted in their communities and bring support and local insight to the promotion of Splash’s aims. Our trustees have a professional background in education, business or church life.
Dan is the Diocesan Youth Officer for Chichester Diocese. He has been working with young people for over 15 years and brings connections with local Anglican churches and youth groups. Dan runs the annual diocesan youth festival May Camp as well as producing resources and delivering training for youth groups and churches across Sussex. Dan loves good food, muddy dog walks and his wife Beccy. He roasts his own coffee and talks constantly about his electric car. Dan hates single use plastics and unnecessary waste.
Dani Taylor has been involved with schools since leaving 6thform herself, when she joined a schools ministry team in Surrey. Whilst working for the team she went into 6 secondary schools and many primary schools teaching RE, running clubs and assemblies as well as starting a residential camp for the children they met and built relationships with. She then went on to other youth work in the community and after having her own children she trained as a teaching assistant.
Dani says, ‘In all my years of youth and children’s work I have had a heart for the education system and allowing God’s Spirit to move within the walls of a school. Having seen the impact it can have on a young person as they grow I am passionate to see more of God in the playgrounds and school halls across the country. It has never been more important than now to see truth shared and experienced with young people. I am so excited to support and encourage Splash in all they do and all they dream of doing.’
Ben is the Youth Worker for St Mary’s Church, Billingshurst, and has been involved in youth work for over 10 years in both community and church youth work settings. Ben is passionate about young people finding a sense of belonging within their communities and for them to have a voice.
Ben enjoys good coffee, time in the countryside with his wife Lydia, as well as good food! Lots of food!
‘I am married to Ian and have three grown up children. I have lived in Storrington for nearly 40 years having worked my way South from living in Northumberland! I never cease to be amazed at the beauty of the South Downs and love to be outside walking or running!
I have been a member of Ashington church since the beginning of the century! And I taught at St Mary’s School in Washington for 20 years. I retrained on leaving teaching and am really enjoying working now as a counsellor.
I am very excited to be part of the ongoing vision and work of Splash. I saw first-hand when I was teaching the excitement of the children when Splash arrived to take assemblies. It is wonderful that Splash have open doors into so many schools now and that many children have the opportunity to hear truth presented in such a fun way that otherwise they would not hear.’
Rev. Sara-Jane has been the parish priest at Sullington and Thakeham with Warminghurst parishes since November 2018, before which she lived and worked in Worthing. Sara-Jane has about 20 years of working with children, young people and young adults behind her, and is keen to give everyone, whatever their age, the opportunity to know how much God loves them. “Having heard SO much about the work of Splash! and how the local children recount their assemblies with glee, I knew I wanted to do my best to encourage and enable this local charity.” Sara-Jane loves to drink good coffee, play guitar, sing, walk the dogs and get away with her husband Bob.
In 2012 we challenged schools to update our logo to reflect our vision and values and our aim to be a “Splash of fun and excitement” in every visit to every school . Many of the children’s entries included a rainbow and we chose Matilda (aged 8) from Pennthorpe School, Rudgwick and Caitlin (aged 9) from St Mary’s CE Primary School, Pulborough as joint winners of the Logo Design Challenge.
Both pupils based their designs on a rainbow with droplets of water coming from the rainbow to represent the”splash” of fun and energy. Each entrant had to tell us why their design reflected the aims of Splash and Matilda wrote “I have chosen a rainbow as my design as it is a sign of God’s promise to the earth. Splash come to our schools to teach us about God’s promise, his love and his ways”.
Our new logo brings these elements together in a colourful and friendly design which reminds us that God’s promises and God’s love overshadow everything we do! Our thanks go to Hannah Sneller who worked with and adapted the two winning entries to produce such a wonderful, professional final result!