Christine Tebano

Christine Tebano – Founder of PSL

Christine Tebano, the pioneer behind PSL, founded and initiated the organisation in 1993 after recognising the lack of support for individuals affected by drug and alcohol use within their families and friends.

Motivated by a desire to ensure that nobody felt isolated in such circumstances, she established this charity from the confines of her bedroom, starting with a simple telephone line. Over the years, her dedication and effort propelled PSL to its current status.

Although Christine passed away in May 2022, her vision lives on through the committed PSL team, who remain steadfast in continuing her legacy by offering support and assistance to anyone in need.

Rhona Hawkins

RHONA HAWKINS – CEO

Hello, I’m Rhona, the CEO and Service Manager at Parent Support Link.

I work on weekdays and volunteer on the phone support lines during the weekends.

I’ve been with Parent Support Link for seventeen years, initially as a volunteer, and have worked my way up to my current position.

The key to our work is a deep belief in our mission. I find daily reminders of the critical need for our services and the positive impact we have on those in difficult situations.

My hope for the charity is to sustain and expand our vital services, given by our dedicated team.

I take great pride in being a part of Parent Support Link.

Kimmy Harrison

KIMMY HARRISON – FSW in Southampton

My name is Kim. I’ve worked at Parent Support Link for nearly 7 years

I am the family support worker and cover CGL in Southampton

I’m a mum of 3 children and became a nan last year so most of my time is taken up spending time with them and enjoying days out.

Jonnie Angel

JONNIE ANGEL – Deputy Lead and Group specialist & FSW in Gosport and Portsmouth

My name is Jonnie, and my role is the Deputy Manager.

My duties include supporting the CEO in the running of the charity, acting as the Family Support Worker for Gosport and Portsmouth Hubs and facilitating a recently developed course titled ‘The Jigsaw Journey.’

I enjoy sea swimming, walking, and spending time with family.

Karen Toon

KAREN TOON – Volunteer Coordinator and FSW in  Fareham

Hi, I’m Karen, I am the volunteer coordinator, and family support worker.

I look after the volunteers, I am the Inclusion lead, and I am the family support worker for Fareham.

I run monthly peer support groups in Fareham, I also run a targeted group for parents of young teens and young adults experiencing problematic substance use.

I am married to Jonnie and between us we have 6 grown up children, 2 grandchildren and a slightly mad English springer spaniel called Bree.

I love living by the sea, I try and walk Bree to the beach at least once a day to get my fill of a sea view.

I volunteer at a local church, getting involved with community projects and social action.

Paul Daley

PAUL DALEY – FSW ALDERSHOT, SOUTHAMPTON

I’m Paul, a family support worker for Parent Support Link. My role with Parent support Link is to support families that are affected by a family members behaviour that is substance related.

I currently facilitate the Stepping stones workshops that are C.B.T based, and also, I facilitate the Southampton support group. Plus, I deliver auricular acupuncture sessions.

Additionally, I support service users implementing regular 1-1 sessions in the service hub or dedicated phone sessions.

Kim Richardson

MICHELLE ROGERS – FSW SOUTHAMPTON

Hi I’m Michelle, I am a Family Support Worker at PSL. I support clients in the Southampton area on a 121 basis, by phone, as a home visit or in person. I believe I have good listening skills and also have empathy to relate to our clients and their challenges they face on a day to day basis. I also facilitate the Southampton Support Group, the Bereavement Group and I also run Wellbeing sessions, held at the PSL offices. In our latest Wellbeing sessions, we have looked at making Mood boards, Communicating better to reduce anxiety, Self Esteem & Tai Chi to name a few. Clients enjoy these sessions and take a lot away with them to help them in their everyday life.

I enjoy practicing tai chi myself, and also attempt to keep fit(ish!) by going to “Mum dance” every week, which is a giggle. My husband and I have 4 children and 1 grandchild. I also have a tortoise called Shelby that I rehomed last year, which I enjoy looking after as it helps me relax, and watch her at a very slow, mindful pace!

Steve Spinney

STEVE SPINNEY – Inclusion Lead, FSW in Havant & New Forest and Social media worker

I’m Steve and I am a Family Support Worker at Parent Support Link. My main role is supporting family members dealing with the effects of a loved one’s drug or alcohol use throughout the New Forest and Havant area. I am also the charities Inclusion Lead.

This is done mainly through one-to-one sessions and a monthly support group. I also work with family members in the Havant area, alongside managing and creating content for our social media platforms. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and listening to music.

Barbara Dixon

BARBARA DIXON – FSW Southampton, Winchester, and Eastleigh

My name is Barbara Dixon and I am a family support worker for PSL. I currently support people in the Winchester, Southampton and Eastleigh area however I have previously covered Fareham, Gosport and Havant over the years.

My job role includes supporting people with loved ones that have drug and or alcohol use and the behaviours that can impact on the lives of those supporting them. This can be by way of face-to-face support, telephone support and also groups which can help to reduce the feelings of isolation and shame sometimes associated with substance use.

Outside of work I like to spend time with my horse and dog, exploring new places in my camper van and making and selling my handcrafted fused glass and silver jewellery.

Barbara Dixon

EMMA CARTER – FSW in Andover and Basingstoke

Barbara Dixon

BABS KAUR – Administrator

“I have lived with a drug user in my home for many years and walked around thinking that this was just life, until I finally took the biggest step and made contact with PSL who showed me there was another life out there, My Life.

You have supported and cared and never once judged or pointed the finger.

I owe you so much Thank you to everyone at PSL! My life is finally moving forward.“