We truly believe that 'teamwork makes the dream work' and we are blessed to have a committed and passionate team that love Boing! and help drive the vision forwards and develop it.
Jess Higgins - Boing! Manager and Director
I'm currently a Primary School teacher alongside being the Manager of Boing! (and serving as a Director of the company!) I am half Swedish and have lived in Norway for 9 years so I also love skiing and IKEA!
I like Boing! because it is a safe hub for people to gather and build community. I love to see the children entertained and the parents relaxing, whichever way they want. This may be a quiet coffee whilst reading the news, meeting people to talk to, or playing with their children. I love running Tiddlers, interacting with the children through a craft, story or song is a highlight of my week.
Hayley Cremen - Boing! Manager and Party Manager
I started at Boing! as a Party Manager and now work as the Manager in the Community Cafe during the week. I have two children of my own; Grace who is 7 and Jasmine aged 4. Jasmine thinks I have the best job in the world being able to play on the soft play all day!
Previously I've worked as a Teacher and also have experience in hospitality. What I love about Boing! is meeting families and getting to know them and also seeing large groups of families and friends come together to celebrate special events like birthday parties.
Charm Kosti - Boing! Cafe Assistant
The opportunity to work at Boing! is really exciting for me! I have been impassioned by the sense of community I feel here in Lockleaze and really look forward to supporting the parents/carers and children during their visit to Boing! Previously I worked 17 years as a Creative Play English teacher to young children and spent my summers preparing food in popular cafes/restaurants in Greece. Before relocating to Bristol 3 years ago I called Greece home for 20 years and before that, the USA. I am also a mother of 2 five year-old 'twiblings' who attend Stoke Park Primary. During my free time I enjoy travelling with my wife and children in our converted minibus, getting to know the South West and Wales. I mustn't forget I have 2 cats and I'm looking forward to the day when I get a dog!
Cher Low - Boing! Cafe Assistant
Hi, I am Cher Low. I have lived in Lockleaze for 50 years and worked in the catering business for 10 years. I have also been a local post lady for 10 years as well as a carer and a cleaner. I love to keep fit by riding my bike and walking. I am passionate and proud of Lockleaze and how the majority of the community look out for each other. So I am so excited to be part of the team and help make your time at Boing! a happy, enjoyable experience.
Richard Reddrop - Boing! CEO and Director
I was inspired to set up Boing! in Lockleaze when Head of Stoke Park Children's Centre, mainly due to the church-run place I visited when I went part-time to look after my young daughter (now a teenager!). It was a very simple place with some basic equipment and a lovely cafe but what made it special were the volunteer staff who really engaged with customers and made us feel welcome. I used all my experiences in the voluntary sector (working for homeless charity, Emmaus Bristol), public sector (leading the community services work at the local primary school and, of course, heading up the children's centre) as well private sector (a long, very enjoyable stint in financial services) to work together with others to establish Boing! Softplay Family Centre in answer to local need.
I have also been CEO for prison charity, Changing Tunes (albeit on an interim basis), and local charity Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust (for which I chaired the Board of Trustees between 2011 and 2016). In my spare time I enjoy a little running, travelling and spending time with my family.
Laura Howell - Boing! Party Host and Cafe Assistant
I've visited Boing! for years with my own children but now they are both settled at school I'm ready to get stuck into a new role after taking a break due to the pandemic.
I'm also a keen runner and am also training for a marathon and in my spare(!) time. I love reading and going out with friends and family.
Emily Berry - Boing! Cafe Assistant and Cleaner
As a local I've been coming to Boing! for the last 8 years with my four children who absolutely love the softplay and enjoying the delicious food.
I feel very lucky to become a staff member at Boing. It's a great place to work, the staff are really friendly and we all work together as a team. We have some lovely customers and its a pleasure to serve them and ensure they have the most enjoyable visit possible
David Jones - Boing! Director
Currently CEO of Changing Tunes, a music relational charity based in 15 prisons across the south west, Dave is an experienced, organisational, strategic thinking leader committed to social change by working through partnerships and also to financial sustainability.
He has worked for 18 years in the voluntary sector, during which time he has created 3 charities from scratch...and a Community Interest Company. Dave has 4 daughters - at one time 3 of them were under 5 years of age – so he has some idea of supporting families of young children! In his spare time he plays the kazoo and leads a Woodlands Group of Churches church plant in Henbury (though not at the same time).
Jo Duckett - Boing! Party Host
I moved to Lockleaze 9 years ago and really enjoy living here. Ive been working as an event host for Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust for a number of years and was excited to have the opportunity to also work for Boing!
In my spare time I volunteer for a guinea pig rescue charity; the piggies that I rescue are very grateful for the left over salad supplied by Boing!"