Trustees

Ian Shaw

Trustee

My name is Ian Shaw and it is a privilege to be a trustee of this amazing charity.  I am a retired Chemistry teacher and Community Manager. I have known Alisar for over 30 years and have always supported her in her ventures.

 

I watched with interest as True Colours started and have always been there to help, support and advise when I could.

I helped with their first on-stage production 4 years ago and found the children to be supported, talented, keen and gain so much from the experience.  I am, at present, Chairman of Woodlands Hall Community Centre, in Wideopen, and have tried to support TC with technical support and host charity events for them. I have seen some of the children develop and gain confidence over the years.

Pre Covid I called in to see the wonderful work the staff do with the children. They are an incredible group of dedicated staff dealing with a lovely group of children and young adults who would not gain this experience and care from anyone else. They need support and help to keep this invaluable work going and I will continue to support them in the limited way I can.

Alison Henderson

 

Trustee / Safeguarding Officer

Alison is a valued member of our team and the voice that keeps us all grounded. Her leadership skills are what gives her the drive to make sure True Colours always receives the best she can give. Her son, Adam, has attended True Colours Theatre since the first day and is a peer supporter to our younger members. He loved to fundraise for True Colours by using his creative skills of photography. We love having them on board.

Chis Renforth

Trustee and Fundraiser

Chris has been with True Colours Theatre since day one with her son Darren, who attends our classes weekly. Darren is an asset to us and has achieved so much in his journey with us. Chris believes that all children should shine like the stars they are and we couldn't agree more!

                         Zoe Moat 
                           Trustee

 

Being part of the True Colours Charity has been the most rewarding time in my volunteering career. To be able to

see children progress and grow in a nurturing environment fills me with immense happiness that I can be a part of this wonderful charity.

 

I can see their confidence grow in the many challenges they face and it gives me great joy to be part of their journey and see the organisation develop and gain the recognition that they truly deserve. My son Hayden attends TC and I have supported them for many years. 

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Daniel Murphy

Vice Chair / Designated Safeguarding Officer / Recruitment Officer

I was introduced to True Colours Theatre by my other half, and the founder of the charity, Alisar - Jane.

From the moment I met the children and the families, I knew that it was a special place and somewhere that was going to make a difference in so many peoples lives.

To know that there is a place where children can belong, a place where they can grow with such acceptance and where inclusion is paramount, gives me so much hope.

 

We need to let our colours shine and know that you have people with you on life's journey who believe in you. I am proud to be a part of that journey and know the charity is going to grow from strength to strength.

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                Antonia Blakeman                                         Trustee 


Hi everyone, my name is Antonia Blakeman and I am very happy to be asked to be a trustee for True Colours Theatre

 

For the past few years I have been a stay at home mum to my 2 teenage daughters and our Cockerpoo Buddy, but prior to that I have worked with children and their families for 24years in various forms.

 

My last post which I worked in for 14yrs, was as a Community Nursery Nurse for the NHS. It was a job I loved but it changed over the years so I decided to leave to concentrate on my own family.

 

When I have time to myself I enjoy cooking and baking cakes, I find it very therapeutic. I also like to go shopping with my girls and my husband Robbie, socialising with family and friends, and I love to go to the theatre, Musical Theatre in particular.

 

I am so excited to see True Colours Theatre grow and be a small part of your journey. Thank you everyone for having me. 

Sophia Ainsworth

Chairperson / Funding and Operational Manager

My son started at True Colours 2 years ago after his special school teachers recommended the group to us. Luca had performed with the school as part of their dance club and it was evident that he really enjoyed performing although he lacked self-confidence. Luca gets extremely anxious in social situations, especially around other children he doesn't know, so was very nervous about starting at True Colours Theatre. From his very first session, Luca was welcomed by the other children and young people with such warmth that he soon relaxed and joined in with the rest of the class.

Ali made Luca feel part of the class without overwhelming him or pushing him out of his comfort zone and you could tell she had so much love for what she does and was clearly experienced in working with children with autism and additional needs. Luca has gone from strength to strength and his confidence in class is amazing to see. True Colours Theatre has become so much more than a weekend theatre class, it is a family and a source of support for not only its members but their families too.

Over the years I have had the pleasure of watching this group accomplish truly amazing things and the vision Ali has for the charity is so inspiring that when I was asked to be a Trustee I jumped at the chance! I feel honoured to be part of the True Colours Theatre and look forward to the future and all it holds for this wonderful group of young people.

Nicola Warren

Trustee and Fundraiser

Nicola is an active member of our team and a great believer in inclusion... Her son Joseph attends True Colours and daughter Eliza. Joseph also attends Heel and Toe Charity in which True Colours are proud to support.

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Malcolm Cain

Trustee / Treasurer and Health and Safety Officer

True Colour's Theatre has been a big part of our family's life for the last 3 years, since my son started classes. Luca loves attending class and we've seen a huge improvement in his social skills, self confidence and communication skills. He has made so many friends and looks forward to classes every week. 

I am very proud to be a trustee for such a fantastic charity and I look forward to the exciting times ahead. 

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Steven Udale
 
Trustee

I have watched True Colours Theatre go from strength to strength over the last few years and have a massive admiration for them.  

 

When I was asked to be a part of the team I didn’t hesitate at all.

 

Being the father of an autistic son I understand the need for amazing organisations like True Colours and I look forward to seeing what I can bring to the team and helping as many people as I can.

 

I love to act, sing, tell stories and even like the challenge of dancing!!