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Nurturing children's unique abilities to untap potential



Creating New Beginnings operates with the benefit of a Founder, Board of Directors and members resident in the UK and Ghana amongst others. The combined and co-operative efforts ensure respect for local customs and sentiments and fosters information sharing and the creating of awareness and support whilst encouraging a strong sense of ownership in all aspects of Creating New Beginnings.

(1) Cornelia Boateng, Founder of Creating New Beginnings. Prior to founding this charity and establishing an autistic school for disadvantaged children with autism and special needs in Accra worked for Central and North West London Mental Health Foundation Trust, CNWL. Cornelia held different roles within CNWL over 11 years. Service Administration Management, Equalities and Diversity Lead, Deputy Trust Secretary and Business/Project Officer within their Rehabilitation Services. Cornelia holds an MA in Management Studies; BA (Business Studies), Post-graduate Diploma and is a Chartered Manager of theChartered Management Institute, UK. As a carer, Cornelia has personal experience of the potentials that children with special educational needs have and is an avid advocate of unearthing the potential in these very special children. She previously served on the Governing Board of Manor Special Needs School for 7 years. Cornelia is a member of the Catholic Knights of Marshall and very involved in her church activities. An avid reader and good cook

Cornelia is a mother of three. Cornelia is the Country Director and Managing Trustee of CNB NGO Ghana and Woodfield Manor Autism & Special Needs School, the school Creating New Beginnings UK has established for disadvantaged children in Accra. In Accra, Ghana she is on the Technical Working Group that is working in partnership with UNICEF and Ghana Education Service to draw up an Inclusive Education Policy for the education sector I n Ghana. Her role in Ghana also included creating awareness, sensitising and outreach work with churches, societies, clubs, schools and organisations as well as radio and television work about the potential of children with autism and special needs and how important it is for these wonderful children to be nurtured and educated to be able to contribute to society. This is in a bid to remove the stigma, pain and suffering of these amazingly wonderful children.

(2) Samuel Owiredu is currently a Performance and Information Manager at Central North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL). Before joining CNWL Samuel worked as a Business Manager for the North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT). He has Also worked as an Information and Planning Analyst for the private sector. Samuel holds an MSc in Computing from the London Metropolitan University and has a BSc in Business Administration from the University of Ghana Business School. Samuel Owiredu also holds a Diploma in Leadership and Management and a Chartered manager of the Chartered Management Institute, UK and PRINCE 2 Practitioner. He has been a Director at Easy Susu Ltd- Finance and Consultancy firm since 2010. Samuel enjoys coaching and nurturing young people to their full potential. He has spoken on many youth events. He is currently the Youth and Young Adults Minister at Nissi Life London supporting and mentoring young people.

(3) Edith Yembra - Edith is the Director of Finance& IT at North London YMCA since 2012. Edith is a qualified accountant and Fellow of ACCA i.e. FCCA and holds a Diploma in International Financial Reporting Standards from the ACCA. Edith also holds an MSc in charity accounting and financial management 2000, from the London South Bank University. Edith Yembra is currently the President of the ACCA London Women network Panel – a seminar which she has helped to facilitate for the last ten years. Prior to joining the North London YMCA, Edith was Group Finance Director at the Institute of the Motor Industry, Brickendon in Hertford. Before joining the Institute of the Motor Industry, Edith Yembra was Head of Finance at Energywatch – a Non Departmental Public Body and a watchdog for the Gas & Electricity Consumer Council. Edith Yembra worked in the charity for 15 years as Director of Finance and IT & Company Secretary at Interact Worldwide formerly known as Population Concern.

Ms Florett Hutchinson holds a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and Social Work, Diploma in Counselling, Diploma in Higher Education and Accreditation in Training and Development. She worked as a Social Worker for the last 18 years and works as an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) for a local authority for the last 9 years. Prior to this, she worked as an Employment Advisor, Youth Worker and a Community Support Worker.

Alongside her professional life, Ms Hutchinson has been engaged in people-centred functions mainly through volunteering. Examples include supporting people with issues of grief and loss. She as well worked as a volunteer with older people from the African and African-Caribbean communities. She was involved in supporting people with mobility issues, organising and facilitating at events. Currently, she is a volunteer for a local charity that supports families and individuals by providing them with food which would otherwise be wasted.

Florett has enormous interest in supporting and helping people that may find it difficult or challenging to access education, services and facilities due to communication difficulties. These barriers may be physical, mental or psychological as well as congenital. She enjoys being with people of all walks of life, loves to travel and cook various African and Caribbean delicacies in the many forms a food item can take on. 

Mrs Kathy O’Farrell is Patron of Creating New Beginnings. A retired educator with many years of teaching experience is guiding the charity to achieve its aims.

Other Members include;

Rochelle Motha a Freelance Artist and Graphics Designer who lives in London.

Seth Ocran

Rita Osei Bonsu

Nana Fremah Miles

Vicky Mensah

Getting Involved

Some of our current opportunities offer you the chance to:-

Whether you have one hour to spare … or many, there are lots of ways that you can support our Ghana project by volunteering your time right here in the UK. Here are just a few opportunities for you to consider:-

  • Asking your friends, neighbours or colleagues for contribution;
  • Serving as website manager
  • Sharing your marketing, fundraising, writing and computer skills;
  • Sorting and packing donated items for shipment
  • Assembling boxes and loading containers for shipping
  • Current & retired teachers and volunteers travelling out can share classroom experiences
  • On the farm – people who love growing plants, gardeners and agriculturists can give advice on sustainable vegetable planting;
  • Carpenters,nurses, doctors, engineers

Contact us if you would like to volunteer

Consider joining us to change the lives of disadvantaged children.