It’s a team effort

Small wonders started in 2012 when 4 local mums, who have a heart for parents/carers and children in Wolverhampton, got together with a shared vision. Today, Small Wonders hosts 180 children each week across a Friday morning and afternoon session, has a team of 30 dedicated volunteers, delivers The Nurturing Programme, Parenting Puzzle Workshops, provides one-to-one support for parents and fund raises for a wide variety of charities.

All this is possible due to the passion and dedication of our amazing team of volunteers, who tirelessly give their time and energy to make Small Wonders the loving and caring environment it is.

Ursula Wastall

Ursula is a wife, mum, grandma and friend to many. She had a dream to create a stay and play group that was done with excellence. Her dream came to life when some dedicated volunteers joined her in making Small Wonders happen in 2012. Ursula has a huge heart for children and families; working as a childminder for 24 years, she has been a foster carer since 2006 and has 4 children of her own. She leads LifeSpring Church alongside her husband Tony, delivers Skills to Foster training for Wolverhampton’s prospective foster carers and is also a Parent Group Leader for Family Links Nurturing Programme, working with foster carers and parents and carers from Small Wonders. Ursula has huge experience in working with children with additional needs. Ursula’s passion for nurturing, encouraging and supporting families has helped to make Small Wonders the warm and thriving successful stay and play group that it has become.

Helen Gamble

Helen joined Ursula in her dream to create Small Wonders  in 2012. Helen has a heart for supporting & encouraging parents/carers.  She has 2 children and had been to lots of stay and play groups and knew that she wanted to help create a group with a difference, somewhere the adults are just as important as the children. Helen started her career as a nursery nurse, then went on to work in Teenage Pregnancy prevention and support, then onto working in primary schools supporting families and mentoring children. She trained as a Parent Group Leader for The Family Link Nurturing Programme in 2001 and has been running these parent groups ever since.  She trained as a Parent Group Leader Trainer in 2005, and is now a Freelance National Lead Trainer for Family Links. Helen also delivers the 10 Week Nurturing Programme, as well as one-to-one parenting support for parents who are a part of Small Wonders.

Ruth Huskisson

Ruth is a wife and a mum to two children. She attended Small Wonders when her children were small and had such an amazing time that she didn’t want to miss out when her youngest started school. Ruth took the opportunity to volunteer her time to bring invaluable and much loved creative messy play to a whole new level at Small Wonders. With a passion for art, crafts and messy play: the messier the better; Ruth is in her element when she is creatively organising the messy fun that has become such an integral part of Small Wonders.

Some Of Our Amazing Volunteers

Join Our Team

Do you love working with children and parents/carers? Do you have time to volunteer in the following ways: Setting up, taking down, during the Friday sessions, planning and prepping craft activities, making delicious homemade cakes, administration? Then why not get in touch, we’d love to hear from you?

All Volunteers are subject to references and an interview.