Children’s World was founded in 1981 to provide educational, creative and social benefits for all children with particular reference to children with special needs. We work mainly in the South West of England (although we have worked across the UK and Internationally) and run a wide variety of workshops in schools and special schools.
Children’s Wold is a Charity registered in the UK.
Haggis McLeod has been involved with Children’s World since 1985, when he first performed at the Glastonbury Children’s Festival as part of Zippo’s Circus. It was there that he met Arabella Churchill and they went on to marry in 1988. In the subsequent years, Haggis was involved in many of the charities projects, both in the UK and abroad. In 2008, after Arabella’s untimely death, he became a trustee. A world-renowned juggler, Haggis still performs and teaches his craft at circus schools and events across the globe and has taken over Arabella’s role as organiser of the Theatre and Circus areas of the Glastonbury Festival. He has one daughter and, thus far, two grandchildren.
Martin is new to the team in 2016. His background is broad, encompassing business management and development, training, systems analysis, coordination, logistics and event management. He has supported CW through independent fundraising for many years, and is now privileged to be part of the team, and in a position to help the charity to achieve it’s goals. He has four children, loves family life, festivals, travelling, old Italian cars and outdoor activities. Many of the outdoor activities are related to the Italian cars breaking down… “We are all part of our local and wider communities, and the more energy we all put in, the more pleasure we all get out”
Catherine has been involved in the charity, in one guise, or another for almost 20 years. She has been a trustee for 7 years, and enjoys the opportunity to help maintain and further the charity’s wonderful and valuable work. She has a passion for learning, which has resulted in her re-entering education at 40, and has since gained a degree and an MA in Creative Writing. Alongside the written word, Catherine loves to bake. She combines this pastime with time spent with her grandchildren, and hopes she is creating tasty, and happy memories with them.
Bruce has been a Trustee of Children’s World for 10 years. Professionally he started his career in the theatre world as a technician & stage manger before moving into television production, where in now works in production management & occasionally has a chance to dabble in live events. He lives in Bristol with his partner & daughter and, when not away working, enjoys the varied life the city offers and indulges in his love of cooking eating & travel. He is delighted to be part of the Children’s World team moving the charity forward to its next phase.
Maggie is safeguarding trustee for Children’s World. An independent social worker and safeguarding manager, since graduating in 1992, Maggie has spent many years working in child protection and social work across statutory and voluntary sectors, before moving into strategic Safeguarding and Quality Assurance and IRO and child protection conferencing service management. Maggie is also a trustee of NAIRO. In 2006, after losing her daughter to cancer, Maggie founded and ran a family support charity for children with similar life-threatening or life limiting illnesses, based in Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.
Jill Barker has been the owner of Middlewick Holiday Cottages, Glastonbury since moving from London with her family in 2011. After leaving the investment banking world when she had her son in 1999, Jill founded Green Baby selling organic baby products and washable nappies. Over the 10 years she owned this she built the business up from scratch to have a thriving wholesale business, 5 retail shops and a successful mail order/online retail business. When the company was sold, Jill purchased the Middlewick property to develop with her husband.
MICHAEL EAVIS (CBE)
A long term Patron and supporter of Children’s World and Children’s World International, Michael is most well known for being the founder of Glastonbury Festival. Children’s World would like to extend particular thanks to Michael Eavis and all at Glastonbury Festivals Ltd for their continuing support, interest and encouragement over many years.
WE’RE EXCITED TO INTRODUCE OUR NEW AMBASSADOR FOR CHILDREN’S WORLD, RACHEL MASON. Hailed “the coolest thing that could happen to vocal music” Rachel Mason is a multi award winning musician. Applauded as “an inspiration” by Prince Harry for her extensive work supporting young musicians, Rachel is the only musician in history to have been crowned Freelancer of the Year and runs four businesses alongside her charity work and raising her two young children. Rachel has directed 20 choirs during her career both professional and amateur and mentors choirs across the world to help encourage a musical community of unity, kindness and support. In 2017 Rachel was one of the expert panel of judges for Sky Television’s National Television Award-nominated series Sing: Ultimate A Cappella. As an experienced international vocal expert Rachel has judged the ICCAs, Masters of Show Choir, The World Choir Games, Showchoir Canada, The Voice Festival and many others providing helpful feedback in her trademark quirky and uplifting style. As an award winning songwriter Rachel shares her skills as a judge for the UK Songwriting Contest and alongside Glastonbury Festival’s Michael Eavis for the Snowdrop Songwriting Festival. An exceptionally talented vocal coach, Rachel works with amateur and professional singers, some of the whom now grace West End and Broadway stages and are established recording artists. Rachel also runs an artist management business, songwriting academy and record label which supports independent artists and helps them navigate the precarious world of the music industry.
Paddy Hill has been working for Children’s World since 1990. Starting as a trainee under a government employment scheme, he ended up staying on permanently. He didn’t realise, until it was too late, that he could have left after 12 months! Along with Charlie Miller, he has created and produced many workshops for children of all abilities and has toured extensively with Children’s World International.
Acting Company Administrator Jessica Hirst has a deep fondness for the charity. As the daughter of trustee Haggis McLeod and founder Arabella Chuirchill, Children's World has been a part of Jess' life from the get go. Jessica has administrative experience of working at events in the UK and Australia. She has worked as a Volunteer Coordinator and Venue Manager, and recently completed level 3 Accountancy with AAT. Previously Jessica was on the board of trustees, but currently is with Children's World as a temporary staff member in the office.
Angela joined Children’s World, as a volunteer, in 2019. Her experience and skills were soon spotted and so Angela happily accepted a contract to lead the Charity’s Youth Committee and has since gone on to support the Charity with many other projects. Angela has many years’ experience working within Social Care, Health and Safety, and more recently, Education. She is passionate about empowering children and young people to grow in confidence and develop skills and knowledge around their own special interests. Angela has a range of interests herself, including Hula Hooping, which she loves to teach to others throughout the sumer months.
GROUP LEADERS & VOLUNTEERS
Children’s World’s work is acheived through the generous support of numerous volunteers and a great team of group leaders. If you are interested in volunteering for us please get in touch!