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.
Jo is a 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! It’s such a privilege to share my love for Jesus with so many young people. I’m a primary school teacher and peripatetic 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.
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.
Our core values have been set out by our Trustees to underpin all of our activities.
In everything we do, Splash aims to be:
Responsive to God’s lead
Splash is a UK Charity Registered by Trust Deed in 2004 (Charity Registration Number 1106290).
We are committed to the welfare and protection of children and young people and have robust policies and procedures in place to ensure that safeguarding receives the highest priority.
All of our staff and volunteers are subject to enhanced DBS checks where eligible, which are carried out under the umbrella of thirtyone:eight (formerly CCPAS). Safeguarding co-ordinator Michelle Leach retains an overview of safeguarding within the organisation and provides a forum for learning and sharing good practice among staff and volunteers. Staff and volunteers receive full training in Safeguarding in line with West Sussex County Council and thirtyone:eight guidelines.
Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy
View our Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy to find out how we keep those we care for safe whilst in our care.