Miss Patricia Wiltshire, SWBA Safeguarding Lead
Tricia was born and brought up in Wiltshire but has now lived in Cardiff for more than half her life.
Following university courses in Reading, London and Cardiff she became a qualified social worker After short stints working in Bristol and London Tricia spent the rest of her social work career in Newport, having various roles in the local authority; she retired in 2009 from being the Adoption Team manager.
Tricia became a Christian early in life, having benefitted from a Christian home. She was baptised while at university and has worshipped in a variety of churches until becoming a member of Calvary Baptist, Canton, Cardiff in 1972, where she remains. For ten years in the 1980s she took a career break when she was appointed as the Pastoral Worker at Calvary. She has been a deacon, church secretary and home group leader in the fellowship.
In Association life Tricia has been a Trustee on two occasions and retired as Association Moderator in 2018. She has been involved in SWBA safeguarding for many years and been one of the trainers since 2005. She is now the (voluntary) Safeguarding Officer for SWBA and is a co-opted trustee. Tricia leads on Safeguarding in the Association and represents it on the BUGB National Contacts Safeguarding group and the Welsh Christian Safeguarding Forum.
Other activities are counselling with Cardiff Concern, speaking for Tearfund, gardening, singing in St David’s Praise choir and visiting people.
Mrs Sally George
Mrs Sally George attends Hope Baptist Church in Bridgend and says,
"I have experience as a trained nurse in the NHS and a nursing home. Since then I have worked for NSPCC Cymru teaching children in primary schools about keeping themselves safe; for Home Start Bridgend as the senior manager and later also as trainer of safeguarding for staff and trustees; I am now a carer in the community, working with adults as risk.
This latter role led to me, through Bridgend Association of Voluntary Organisations, writing and delivering safeguarding training to various voluntary organisations. I represented the voluntary sector on the Area Child Protection Committee (ACPC) which became the Local Safeguarding Board. I also delivered training to social care professionals. I have delivered training in Domestic Violence, Mental Health, Communication Skills, Equal Opportunities and Confidentiality in addition to safeguarding.
Since 1999 I have been part of the South Wales Baptist Association safeguarding programmes as they have developed over time and was a member of the BUGB working group which produced ‘Safe to Grow’. I am a member of BUGB’s National Safeguarding Contact Group."
Mr Stephen George
I am a chartered Civil and Structural Engineer and have been married to Sally for 38 years. I have accompanied Sally on most of the Baptist training days and I am currently the ‘techie’ for the trainers, and also able to add comments as I have acted as Safeguarding Deacon for Hope Baptist church and am their DBS verifier. I helped Sally write Hope’s Safeguarding Procedures.
Rev Gareth Cheedy
Rev Gareth Cheedy ministers at Ammanford English Baptist in West Wales.
"I recently retired as full time Prison Chaplain, a ministry I found challenging and very rewarding. At present I am part time minister of Ammanford English Baptist Church. For over 20 years I have been involved in counselling and counselling training, I also qualified as a Counselling Supervisor. I consider safeguarding to be of the utmost importance in our Churches these days and feel very privileged to be involved in delivering the courses within the denomination."