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!”
AdministratorEmma is a familiar face to Splash; she has returned to our office to be our administrator. Emma is part of St Mary’s Church in Fittleworth and is a member of their PCC. Emma Says: “It’s great to be back as part of the Splash! team. In the three years I’ve been away lots has changed both in and out of the office but I am really looking forward to see what God has in store for Splash! in the coming years. Exciting stuff!!”
Youth Co-ordinatorChristina is our Youth Co-ordinator. Working with Storrington Parish Council Christina will be helping develop youth opportunities across the area. Christina says “I grew up in a church in Crawley and loved being in the youth group, becoming a young leader and learning the skills of leading the children’s and youth work. Since then having graduated from Centre for Youth Ministry with a degree in Youth and community work, I worked as youth worker in the church in Billingshurst for five years. I have a real heart for working with Young people, through building relationships with them, I hope and pray they can experience the love of God which certainly influenced my teenage years positively. I am looking forward to working with Splash and Storrington Parish Council.”
Assembly Co-ordinatorLois has a real passion to tell others, especially children, of the love of Jesus and her heart is to see lives transformed. As well as bringing great professionalism to our assemblies, Lois has an amazing ability to get alongside children in the smaller lunch clubs and after school clubs. She claims to have a “scary teacher voice” developed over years of experience working in primary schools – but so far she’s never been heard to use it!
Contact Lois about our current schools programme, to book an assembly visit.
Assembly Teamhas gained the nickname “Funny Frank” from the children we work with who enjoy his antics – but not his jokes! He writes: “Well, I suppose, I should really be a proper grown up by now, but deep inside I am at most 26 and some days a lot younger! I see so much potential for the future. I look at children and teenagers and see what they might look like in 20 years time and I love to encourage them to take good steps towards that. But I also see how significant their heartaches can be even when they are only 3! After years of working as a pastor, being with Splash feels a lot like being allowed to go and play. But I don’t want you to get the impression that I have too much fun, so let me think about something very serious to add … hmm, can’t think of anything right now. Would you class it as “serious” if I say that I really am totally fascinated with the Bible? And that I really do think that Jesus is the light of the world and that knowing him is the best thing that can happen to anyone.”
Assembly TeamJulia was previously involved with the Splash assemblies as an ‘Associate’ for a couple of years so is a familiar face to some of the schools we visit. Now with an increased involvement she’s delighted to be helping with the planning, and delivering, of the assemblies which she finds really exciting and thought provoking. Julia has had previous experience at her Church – working as part of the Children’s Liturgy Team at Our Lady of England RC Church in Storrington and also has involvement at her local primary school over many years (St Mary’s CE First School, Washington). Julia says “I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of the Splash team as a Schools Worker and have admired the work of Splash for many years and to be part of a team spreading the ‘Good News’ to so many children in the locality is such a joy and an honour. I am really enjoying working with a great team in such a beautiful environment! Julia lives not too far from the Splash office near the village of Washington with her husband and their two teenage sons.
Assembly TeamJo is one of our assembly associates who has a great history of teacher and is a brilliant asset to the assembly team. She is also the brains behind our ‘Assembly Plus’ packs which are a great extension of our assemblies.Jo says: “I saw a Splash presentation at my local church a few years ago, and it was so much fun that I thought, ‘How can I join in with that?’ A couple of years (and two small children) later and here I am! I’m so excited to be joining the team and sharing my love for Jesus with so many young people. I’m a primary school teacher and music teacher, so I really enjoy putting together the Assembly…Plus! packs for Year Six students.”
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.
Trustee (Founder)Liz Burt (Founder) writes: I grew up on a farm just outside Arundel and, with my family, was actively involved in Wickbourne Chapel in Littlehampton (now The Wick Centre). My husband Mark and I spent 2 years as students at All Nations Christian College and then served as missionaries in Niger for 6 years. I started Splash in 1999 as opportunities opened up to take assemblies in local schools. From these early days of ‘Splash’ it has been wonderful to see how the work has grown as others have given their time and enthusiasm to help with all the school and community activities. I now work as a Youth Projects Manager with Horsham Matters Ltd (another local faith based charity) and am still passionate about supporting local young people and encouraging them to explore the amazing Christian message for themselves.
John Riddell is part of the leadership team of Petworth Community Church. In a family partnership John farms 600 acres of land and is very involved with local businesses and the local community in Petworth. John writes “I have a passion to see God’s purposes worked out with regard to our connection with the land. I have always been committed to encourage partnerships which to involve and empower individuals to foster fresh initiatives. I love to see church become more relevant in order to bring spiritual life to rural communities across the South Downs area. John is involved in a number of Sussex wide forums and other local charities and is a trustee of Family Foundations Trust (Dalesdown).
Alyson Heath was the Head Teacher at St Mary’s Church Aided Primary school in Pulborough. She attends St Mary’s church in Pulborough where she is a member of the Parochial Church Council. Alyson brings a unique perspective to our Trustee Board with her hands-on experience of the challenges facing teachers and staff as they aim to bring out the best in every single pupil within the school environment. It is greatly encouraging to have her as part of the trustee board bringing practical expertise and wisdom as we look to set our long term goals and directions in line with what schools need
TrusteeMichelle Leach is a busy mother and involved in supporting young mothers and developing parenting skills within school and community settings. She is the trustee with overall responsibility for Safeguarding and Child Protection. She is also generally the “go to with any problem” person at holiday club each year. Her strong community links means that she somehow knows all of the children and the families too! She attends Storrington Community Church with husband Steve and children Caitlin, Joshua, Rachel and Caleb
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.’
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!