Chair of Trustees: Mo Smith, MBE, FRSA Mo has been involved in community work for over 30 years and her experience has included working for ACET (AIDS Care, Education and Training), The Shaftesbury Society and Regenerate.com. She was co-founder of Regenerate.com with her son Andy Smith, co-founder of SHINE Again (Support and Healing using the INtegretative Arts) with her daughter Debbie Thwaites and founder of Rise n Shine Community Transport CIC. with Ray, her husband. She has recently formed a new Company called Roehampton Focus with two other Directors to make a difference on the Alton Estate in Roehampton. Mo was awarded an MBE for her work in the community of Putney and Roehampton and she regularly attends Hillsong Church in Guildford. She had a very successful knitting book published by Dorling Kindersley called "Teddy Bear Knits" and another one called Noah's Ark Knits. She also has had two songs published by Kingsway Music in the early eighties that were sung across the UK. Her hobbies include the theatre, music, crafts, creative design and enjoys her two gorgeous grandchildren of 5 and 6 years of age.
Ray Smith: Ray has also been involved in community work for many years and is a self-employed motor technician by trade which is a great asset to Regenerate-RISE's fleet of minibuses. Ray volunteers regularly for RISE SW15 by driving the minibuses and doing general handyman work around our Centre. He has been involved in pastoral care and also attends Hillsong Church in Guildford. His hobby is attending rally cross events and he too enjoys spending time with the very special grandchildren, Charlotte and Oscar, who stay over one night every week.
Dr Sara Morgenstern: Sara is married with a seven year old daughter and is a partner GP in a Wandsworth Health Practice. Sara volunteered for Regenerate-RISE for several years before becoming a Trustee and her health background is invaluable to the work that RISE is doing. She is a member of her local Anglican Church where she helps run the toddler group and a house group. She loves cycling, walking and catching up with friends. Sara participates in all our sponsored walks, to raise funds for the Re-ablement Centre and organises regular fundraising Curry Nights at the local Indian restaurants.
Christian Morgenstern: Chris is married to Sara and joined the Board in February 2020. He is Head of Style Premia Solution at IPM Informed Portfolio Management Ltd and he lives in Fulham with his wife Sara and daughter. His hobbies include cooking, travelling, cycling and mathematics.
Nick Oakes joined the Board of Trustees early in 2017 and has a history in housing, benefits, support, skills project and budget management. He has been an advocate for the marginalised, youth and elderly and lives in Cobham, Surrey. His hobbies include travel, gardening, sport and helping others.
Trustees for a New Era
The Trustees continue to work hard to lead Regenerate-RISE because at the core of all that we do, is the care of the "one". It has been a real privilege to get to know so many people over the last 20 years, to walk their journey, to be there for them when they most needed us and to provide friendship, support, care and an excellent service.
As Trustees we have to make very difficult decisions at times and perhaps one of the hardest was to close RISE Nottingham due to the Covid-19 crisis. The team had worked brilliantly over the last 3 years providing a one-day-a-week service dependent on fundraising and income from clients. When Covid-19 hit and centres closed, we were able to furlough the staff, but due to the prolonged closure of centres we had to look at the long-term prospects and made the decision to close it.
There will be many changes ahead with our funding from Wandsworth Council and we are working together to provide services in the years ahead.
Partnership working has always been very important to us and over the years we have enjoyed working with different Churches and organisations. We are entering a new era following the end of our partnership with Livability and we look to developing our current and existing partners in order that we can all improve the lives of older people.
We look forward to working together to find new ways of celebrating old age and as we work in partnership with local Churches, organisations, the Council and the health authorities we hope that the lives of many older people will be transformed.
Mo Smith MBE, FRSA
Founder and Chair of Trustees