Sally became a Learning for Life coordinator five years ago, after 11 years of working in childcare and dealing with many vulnerable families. “For me, coming to the Smith Family, I really enjoyed it,” says Sally. “Working with the families that we have, having the opportunities to help families and closing that gap [of disadvantage]. That was always a passion of mine, so for me it was an easy transition.”
After bringing up her first child alone, Sally knows what a struggle it can be to get your children through school on limited finances. “I can relate and I know how hard it is. Having a child even go to a state school, it’s still very expensive and it’s really hard, and I only had one child,” she explains. “Having to say no sometimes, when everybody else’s kids have things, is really hard. So that’s the beauty of working for The Smith Family – it’s being able to help disadvantaged parents be able to say ‘yes’ sometimes”.