Lynda joined the team in January 2023, feeling incredibly privileged to be leading such an amazing organisation empowering members to be at the heart of everything. Most of her working life has been within the Charity sector. She gets a buzz out of making sure people have access to opportunities, ensuring they can be the best they can. From her first visit, she was struck by the relaxed atmosphere and following that, the reality that members really do have a voice here. One of her main priorities will be to find new premises which will allow Paul’s Place to develop the offer for members.
Outside of work, she spends time with her Springer Spaniel, walking her for miles on end and taking care of her beehive.
Gabbey AbbottSupport Worker
Gabbey joined the team in August 2022. She has worked in many different care settings, including dementia care, mental health support and residential care. During the pandemic she even took on the role of non-emergency support for an ambulance service. Her knowledge of care work is vast, which makes her ideal for Paul’s Place. She chose care as a career as she loves being with people, but also as she has taken on care duties for her family members. In her spare time, she is a brilliant baker, skilled beautician and a lover of a good DIY project! She lives with her husband and two cats Stanley and Catsby.
Andy CarterTeam Leader
Andy started as a volunteer cook in 2013 and became a Support Worker in 2015. He works closely with service users in the day facility, is a Boccia coach and organises our all-important day trips and short breaks. Since becoming a Team Leader in November 2020, he now supervises the support team together with Heather Gartland. He also continues to work closely with service users to help them achieve their goals. Andy, in his own words, says he feels the help and support he provides to others, has been given back to him even more. Outside of Paul’s Place Andy is completing a degree in Psychology and enjoys walking his Labrador.
Joe CarterSupport Worker
Joe joined Paul’s Place in 2014. He helps the team with the range of activities on offer in the day facility. Joe is heavily invovled with our boccia team during practice and competitions. He also enjoys going on day trips and holidays. Joe loves seeing the confidence grow in people as they step outside of their comfort zone, whether its through Boccia, day trips or holidays. The ability to offer such a wide range of services is what makes his role so rewarding, as there is something for everyone to take part in. In his spare time, you will find Joe dancing or volunteering at festivals, mountain biking and dabbling in learning to play guitar.
Bob FoxSupport Worker
Bob joined the team in 2011 and is a Support Worker and Fire Marshall for Paul’s Place Daily. His previous career was in the travel industry, which took him all around the globe – from South America to Bora Bora. He loves to keep active, something which he brings to the role of Support Worker. Co-ordinating many of Paul’s Place’s activities outside, he loves nothing more than encouraging people to try the range of adapted sports like archery. The most rewarding part of his roles is seeing an individual achieve something they thought was out of bounds due to their disability.
Heather GartlandTeam Leader
Heather started at Paul’s Place in July 2017 as a Support Worker. In her own words, ‘the relaxed atmosphere, banter and sense of accomplishment found in the day facility is what makes Paul’s Place truly unique’. Heather is one of Paul’s Place’s most travelled support workers, having spent many years backpacking around the world starting from her previous home In South Africa. She brings her expertise and world knowledge into her role to create varied activities. Since November 2020 she has been Team Leader. Outside of work Heather loves spending time outdoors with her Scottie dog and catching up on the latest sporting news.
Mikhaela GartlandSupport Worker
Mikhaela became part of the team in March 2021. Her previous role was working with adults with learning difficulties at the Bingham day centre, part of Care Futures.
Mikhaela was raised in Cape Town, South Africa for the first 10 years of her life. Her globetrotting nature has taken her as far as Lapland and New York. Her favourite place was Lapland where she could experience husky and reindeer rides, as well as visiting a village in the arctic circle. In her spare time, she loves being creative with crafts and baking, as well as spending time outdoors and with animals.
Courtney HarrisonSupport Worker
Courtney joined our team in November 2023, with her huge experience in supporting goals, aspirations and independence for each person. Courtney likes supporting independence, so everyone has a chance in trying new activities and taking action. Courtney has worked in care and domiciliary care since leaving school and before joining us. Outside of work, Courtney loves spending time with her family, especially with her nan and looking after furry animals.
Sheila HewittSafeguarding Manager
Sheila joined Paul’s Place in August 2007 as a Social Worker, having worked in the social care sector for a long time. Sheila looks after new people coming to Paul’s Place, by carrying out initial assessments to ensure individual needs are met. In addition to this, she leads our Carers Project, which supports the carers of the disabled adults at Paul’s Place. Sheila is passionate about helping people become more independent and achieve their goals and aspirations. She loves walking her dog Ted and mainly being in the great outdoors, enjoying nature.
Melinda MartonFinance Manager
Melinda joined the team in July 2023. She moved to the UK in 2016 she’s been involved in the charity sector since then. She manages the financial health and operations of Paul’s Place as well as our lovely finance team. From her first meeting with the team and the members Melinda was very impressed by the positive atmosphere and importance of Paul’s Place in its members’ lives. Outside of work she likes cooking, having guests and going to festivals. Melinda has disabled hedgehogs living in her garden.
Paula ReeceSupport Worker
Paula joined our team in May 2022. Before Paul’s Place she was working as the day centre’s assistant manager for Autistic Adults. After working with the Avon Autistic Foundation, she changed course to work as an assistant in a school. In all her roles, she has always wanted to help people and make a difference. Since joining Paul’s Place, she has loved how her days are full of laughter. In her spare time you will find her spending days out with her 3 boys – they enjoy going geocaching together.
Simon SkidmoreSupport Worker
Simon joined our team in August 2022. Simon comes from a background in finance and decided to start his career in care after caring for a family member. His first role was helping people with independent living, but he wanted to help more people, which is why he found Paul’s Place. He loves helping people become more independent and finding their voice. In his spare time, you will find him catching up on the cricket, rugby or football.
Elaine SnookFinance Assistant
Elaine joined Paul’s Place in August 2017 and is a Finance and Administration Assistant. Dealing with the-day-to-day finances and office duties, Elaine’s many years in an office environment serve her well for the varied challenges her job brings. On a personal level, Elaine loves to travel. Her favourite destination is Greece and its beautiful Greek islands. Outside of work you can find her keeping fit with swimming and spinning classes.
Leanne StowellVolunteer Coordinator & Monitoring, Evaluations, Outcomes, and Finance Officer
Leanne joined the team in March 2021 as a Support Worker having previously worked at the Brandon Trust for several years. Since August 2022, she became our volunteer coordinator and in July 2023 we expanded her role to include Monitoring, Evaluations, Outcomes, and Finance. Her job is to recruit, manage and support volunteers as well as managing our Customer Relationship Management system and actioning service user outcomes. She also supports the finance team within Paul’s Place with various admin tasks. Outside of work, Leanne loves walking her dog, Archie. Her favourite place to relax is in the quiet parts of Ibiza, which shows, as she has visited the island 13 times!
David SullyCommunications Officer
David joined the team in October 2023. David qualified in Advertising and Marketing at Watford School of Business in 2002. He then grew his publicity skills while working for the NHS and Local Authority. David loves creating articles, which are easy on the eye and visually exciting. David also works as a wellbeing coach and has a passion for making physical activities and healthy eating for everyone and not the few. Outside of Paul’s Place you will see David on his road bike along the Bristol to Bath cycle track or swinging a kettle bell at Easton Leisure Centre.
Kayley WallerFundraising and Communications Manager
Kayley joined our team in May 2023 and has worked in the charity sector (specifically fundraising) for over 16 years, predominantly in events but has done a bit of everything! She also managed the charity programme at the Bath Half Marathon for 3 years raising around 1.75 million yearly. Having been born with an upper limb difference, Kayley is passionate about changing the narrative around disability and wants to help create a world where ability is not defined by an individual’s form or physical appearance. In her spare time, Kayley is an ambassador for the IAMPOSSIBLE Foundation, has 2 young daughters that keep her busy and can be usually found at any live music venue!
Maria WiltshireSupport Worker
Maria joined the team in May 2022. She had previously worked in community care, and as a support worker for the Milestones’ Trust. On top of that, she is currently doing her level 3 in leadership and management. She is an experienced support worker who has helped a wide range of people. What she finds rewarding about care work is helping someone get back to their true self. To see them go from a dark place of struggle to thriving again. This is what she brings to the team at Paul’s Place. She loves seeing people live their best life! In her spare time, you will find her going on long walks with her German Sheppard Takoda, spending time with her 10 grandchildren or knitting cute things for her family.
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