To transform communities and strengthen families by empowering parents to provide their children with the best chance in life.


We achieve this through equipping and training volunteers in local churches and organisations to provide one to one listening and support to parents and primary carers.





Founder and Director

Jan has a passion for families and a heart to support parents. She is married and parent to three adult daughters and four grandchildren.  She has been involved in working with families for many years. Her professional background as a Registered Nurse and Health Visitor has included working with families with complex needs.  

Her involvement with family outreach in more recent years includes running parenting courses and initiating and leading a family resource team in a church in South Gloucestershire. Initially part of the local offer to parents, Parent Buddies one to one listening service was then further developed by co-founders Jan and Jayne Groves. and became a registered charity in 2019.



Chair of Trustees

Tony is now retired after working in the same company for over 30 years in the Electricity Supply Industry.  He was a chartered engineer, a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and managed a large team of professionals.  He is married and has three adult sons. For eight years he and his wife were foster carers for the local authority before adopting a four-year-old boy in 2015.  This has given Tony a broader understanding of the many challenges of family life.  Tony is involved in a local church and enjoys photography, walking and playing five-a-side football.


Rebecca Cross


Rebecca's career started in the NHS as a paediatric nurse, health visitor, manager and professional lead for health visiting, strategy manager for Early Years (health and inclusion) then commissioner for disabled children and children's mental health. More recently she worked at the Diocese of Bristol as the Strategic Programme Manager for mission area / resourcing churches and as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor delivered training across the Diocese and privately to charities and other churches.

She has two daughters, three grandchildren and attends St Edyth's Church in Sea Mills. Rebecca has a passion for our churches to be safe, supportive spaces and runs Kintsugi Hope Wellbeing and other mental health support groups across the Avonside Mission Area.




Angie is married with two adult children. She has a background in working with children as a 

qualified Nursery nurse. Her work has included working in an inner-city day nursery, setting up a pre-school and weekly boarding hostel for primary age children in Zambia. Since 2007 Angie and her husband Roger started to network Christians across the region to bring positive change through working together. Angie’s focus was in bringing prayer groups together, running conferences as part of a team, and helping with administration. This has grown into a movement for mission and unity called Together4Bristol. Angie is now involved with the family, arts and worship/prayer aspects of this movement. 


Angie now lives with her husband  in Knowle West, an urban housing estate in one of the most deprived areas of the city, in a Lee Abbey small missional community with like-minded people.  She is involved in supporting local families through building relationships and using creativity and initiatives like 'Parent Buddies', 'Transforming Lives for Good', CAP 'Money Matters', and 'Kids Matter'.