Chief of King’s Lynn family centre moves on

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Mr Bee’s Family Centre director Marion Mayhew will retire in May, nearly 20 years after launching the organisation with husband Steve.

Their experiences as relationship counsellors led them to consider that families in crisis needed practical as well as emotional support.

Having started in a derelict former Catholic School in the heart of King’s Lynn, the organisation has grown impressively.

Charitable status was granted in 1996 and in 2004 Neighbourhood Nursery funding enabled them to open a 64-place full day nursery in one of the most deprived wards in Norfolk, North Lynn.

A third nursery followed in Gaywood in 2006 and the organisation became the lead agency for the Signpost Sure Start Children’s Centre.

The following year the organisation was asked to take over St Augustine’s Healthy Living Centre.

Steve died in March 2013, resulting in the organisation going through a difficult time, and most of the family programmes and counselling had to stop due to lack of funding.

Marion was determined to secure the future of the organisation and set out to develop the childcare offered by the organisation.

That resulted in Mr Bee’s – Springwood being the first nursery of the three to achieve the ‘outstanding’ grade by Ofsted in November. It is anticipated that the other two nurseries will achieve the same at their next Ofsted inspection.

Marion said: “Being the director at Mr Bee’s is the best job in the world. It is an opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of children and people living in the local community.

“Mr Bee’s is a great place for someone who is ready for a challenge and who wants a job that brings personal development.”

Dr Dennis Barter, chairman since the organisation’s launch, is looking for a new team of trustees and a director.

The organisation requires people with skills and experience in human resources, finance, early year’s professionals or people with experience of working within the community.

If you are interested in either the post of director or becoming a trustee, please call Sue Kirk on 01553 692797 or e-mail suekirk@mrbeesfscentre.co.uk.