Our support team

Who we are

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Becky Hamilton
Managing Director

Many years ago I left my career as a social worker and set up Windward. I live just over the border in Dorset with my 5 children, husband and too many animals! It's a privilege to be part of providing this service to the wonderful people here.

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Jemma Errigo
Head of Finance

If you give us a ring it will probably be me answering as I manage the office at Windward. I started as a support worker and I am still lucky enough to have a job which gives me flexibility to do a bit of both hands on work and office work.

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Maria Jordan
Coordinator at Spiral Blue

I have been working with Windward since I was 19 and now co-ordinate Spiral Blue. My favourite colour is pink and my favourite food is Italian. My satisfaction comes from seeing people grow into being the person they want to be. I love the holidays, dance and cooking and making it all as much fun as possible 🙂

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Rie Tannetta
HR Manager

Hi, I’m Rie, I’ve been with Windward in several roles over the last few years.  I’m passionate about learning and development and am excited to support the team to be the best day service in the south!  I love spending time with my partner and gorgeous little boy.

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Sam Meletiou
Coordinator at Windward

Hello, I'm Sam, the new Coordinator at Windward. Previously I've worked in a residential social care setting for children with learning disabilities, and so I'm looking forward to a new challenge! If you see me come and say hi! In my spare time I enjoy martial arts and miniature painting - I'm a bit of a geek as well and love anything comic book related.

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Laurie Gibbs
Helix Coordinator & HR Systems Manager

Hi, I’m Laurie, I’ve been at Helix for a few years now and I love it! The people we support and the team make it such a lovely place to be.  I’ve joined the HR team and enjoy working alongside Rie.  When I’m not at Windward, I enjoy kayaking, swimming and days out with my children.

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Chloe Gardner
Deputy Coordinator at Spiral Blue

Hey i’m Chloe, The new Deputy co-ordinator at Spiral Blue. I’m super excited to join the team at Windward. I have worked in health and social settings for about 9 years. When I’m not at work you’ll find me at the top of a mountain, on my paddle board or in my camper!

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Kelly Perry
Click Project Manager

Hi, I am Kelly and new at Windward leading the online interactive part of our service - ‘Click”. For the last 7 years I have run my choirs called Just Sing and also lead the Just Sing for All choir at Helix/Spiral Blue. From the moment I was introduced to Windward it has held a special place in my heart and I love being part of this family! I live in Wimborne with my husband, two sons - Ollie and Joey and our Labrador Toby!

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Joe Francis
Coordinator at Thrive

I love cooking, going wild with art projects and getting outside wherever possible. After coming from a background of support, teaching and social services, Windward has always held a special place in my heart as somewhere people can truly grow.

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Lily Thorne
Coordinator at Thrive

My name is Lily and I have worked in Health and Social care since I was 16. I completed a apprenticeship in a residential setting with adults with learning disabilities. I have gained lots of experience over the years completing my Level 3. I enjoy riding my horse and spending time with friends and family. I look forward to seeing what I can offer Windward.

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Lynne Emerson
Project Manager

I have worked in the learning disability sector for many years as a support worker, qualified teacher and manager. I joined the team back in 2006 and have been part of the expansion and development of our services ever since. My role includes overseeing new projects, including the creation and delivery of Click our virtual service and supporting centres in their delivery of meaningful activities. I love tea, cats, my garden and the mighty Saints (COYR!!)

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Becci Payne
Holiday Coordinator

Hi, I’m Becci and I’ll be planning the Windward holidays!  I’ve worked with people with learning disabilities for several years and am looking forward to getting to know all of the people at Windward.  I enjoy going away and exploring new places with my family.

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Jess Percival
Deputy Coordinator at Windward

Hey I'm Jess, I work at Windward. I started working here in 2016 and I love it- everyone is so friendly and welcoming. I love coming in everyday and it's great being a part of the guys' learning experience and seeing them achieve new skills. I have been in this line of work for many years and get so much from supporting people to gain independence and have fun. In my spare time I love travelling and exploring new places.

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Shannon Russell
Deputy Coordinator at Helix

Hello, my name is Shannon and I started working at Windward Day Services in September 2018. I have been working with children and young adults with learning disabilities since 2014. Windward is a such lovely service and it's a privilege to join the team. Outside of work I enjoy being outside with my horse and walking my dog.

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Laura Wills
Deputy Coordinator at Spiral Blue

Hi! I’m Laura. I’m a Canadian who moved to England a few years ago and I’m really excited to be on the Windward team! I love everything that has to do with nature and spend a lot of my free time hiking around the beautiful Dorset area. I’ve been working with individuals with special needs for a majority of my working life, so I’m truly a blessed person! Can’t wait to meet you all.

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Jane Marie Richardson
Deputy at Thrive

I have a background in educational and have many years’ experience within the Learning Disability sector.

I love gardening and taking my two dogs Bettie and Milo for long walks.

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Robyn Brown
Senior Support Worker at Helix

Hello, I'm Robyn also known as Bobs. I started working at Helix in May 2021. I have worked with adults with additional needs since 2018 and I've loved every minute of it and continue too. When I'm not working at Helix, I love hanging out with my family and friends, gardening, day trips out and all things that require being creative.

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Kirsty Bunker
Senior Support Worker at Spiral Blue

I work full time at Spiral Blue working with the Spiral Steppers put on their big shows! I am a very arty person and have recently qualified as a Makaton tutor- meaning I train all of our staff and run Makaton groups throughout Windward Day Services. I love coming to work as everyday is different.

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Clare Green
Senior Support Worker at Spiral Blue

Hi, I'm clare. I have been working with children and young adults with learning disabilities since 2013. In my spare time I enjoy running, baking and arts and crafts. I am also part of Poulner players amateur dramatics society and I love taking part in the Ringwood carnival.

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Mel Macaulay
Senior Support Worker & Admin Assistant

Hi, I’m Mel! I joined Windward in 2019 and I am a senior support worker at Thrive. Alongside this I am a part time admin assistant for Windward. Outside of work I love exploring new activities and I definitely try and bring that fun element to Thrive! I play football for AFC Totton, visit lots of theme parks and generally love being outdoors and keeping busy! I absolutely love working for Windward and find it a very rewarding experience daily!

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Harry Spacagna
Senior Support Worker

Hi, I’m Harry. I have been working with people since 2019 and am passionate about making a positive difference to peoples lives. In my spare time I love play football and badminton as well as going to as many music gigs and festivals as possible. You can often catch me singing to myself and my shower curtain thinks I have the best voice since Freddie Mercury.

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Hannah Ballinger
Senior Support Worker

Hi my name is Hannah, I have been working with adults with learning disabilities for 4 years. I love baking, reading and being creative.

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William
Office Admin Assistant

Hello my name is Will, I have recently joined Spiral Blue as an Admin Assistant. I enjoy watching Rugby and supporting my local team.

Support Workers

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Shanay Franklin
Support Worker

“Hi I’m Shanay, I am really excited to be joining the team at Thrive. I enjoy being at the beach by the sea and exploring new places! I have 2 dogs, their names are Cody and Cally, who I love to take out to the forest for long walks. I am a very bubbly, fun person who is always up for a chat! I love helping people, watching them grow as an individual and seeing them achieve new skills. I really enjoy being in a busy, vibrant environment so I think I am going to enjoy working at Thrive! I am extremely excited to see what the future holds ;)”

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Hayley Savill
Support Worker

I am an easy going, friendly person. I enjoy sports, keeping fit and spending time with my family.

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Hayley Chmarny
Support Worker

Hi, I’m Hayley.  I’m excited to be part of the great team at Thrive.  I enjoy time with my family and friends, walks with my do Joey and holidays at home and abroad.

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Joel Warren
Support Worker

I’m Joel, I’m a 30 year old guy who likes football and video games.  I like to think that I’m pretty chilled!

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Tom Harwood
Support Worker

Hi, I'm Tom. I've been working at Windward  since 2015 and worked is residential care before this. Outside of work I help out at my local church group with the youth department, and also a local Cub group.

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Peter Mahy
Support Worker

Hi, I'm Pete, I enjoy playing sports, cooking, reading and gardening, both in and out of work. I really enjoy helping the guys learn new skills and gain confidence to try new things.

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Lewis Laidler
Support Worker

Hi I'm lewis. I have worked as a carer since 2010, I love my work and I am very much looking forward to being part of the Windward team. In my spare time I am a keen rugby and football supporter and I enjoy life!!

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Gunita Burden
Support Worker

Hi I’m Gunita.  I am excited to be joining the amazing Windward team.  I have worked in social care for 4 years.  In my spare time I love to spend time with my family and friends, I love bike riding, walking, sewing and gardening.

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Kelly Clark
Support Worker

Hi, I’m Kelly.  I have been supporting adults who have learning disabilities since 2006.  I am an avid darts fan – playing and supporting.

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Sofia Hazel
Support Worker

My name is Sofia and I have worked in the care industry for 5 years. I graduated from my BA Hon's in English Language and Linguistics in 2019. This has given me a brilliant foundation on how to interact with people with brain injury, disability or other impairments. In my free time I like to keep fit, walk, run, read and learn languages.

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Abi Barker
Support Worker

Hi I’m Abi and this is my first support worker role.  I have only every worked in customer service so I’m very excited for something new and learning new things here!

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kate Preston
Support Worker

Hi I'm Kate and I've worked as a support worker in various guises over the years. I joined Windward because I love helping people to achieve and overcome barriers in life. It's wonderful to see our guys grow in confidence and learn to be as independent as possible whilst having fun and making friends. The team here are also fantastic and everyone really pulls together to make Windward the best it can be, which I love.

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Agnieszka Marton
Support Worker

Hi, I'm Agnes. I was working for many years as a teacher, carer and support worker at a life skills college and in the community. Throughout my work I have realised how unique every person is and how a little attention and a smile can make people happy. I like to practise this everyday. I love travelling and my hobbies are arts & crafts, cooking and gardening.  

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Adam Stillwell
Support Worker

Hi, I'm Adam. I have worked with people with learning disabilities since 2013 and before that I worked with elderly people. I love dancing and am enjoying being involved with the brilliant 'Spiral Steppers'.

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Jane Osmond
Support Worker

Hi, my name is Jane and I work at Windward and Thrive. I have many years experience working as a support worker in a supported living house for adults with learning disabilities. Support work is the only job I can honestly say I love doing. I look forward to getting to know everyone here.

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DJ Gover
Support Worker

Hi, I’m DJ. I have worked in health & social care for a few years now, and look forward to working at thrive. I love travelling and being outdoors. I have a few hobbies but my most unique is kendo. 

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Rich Heath
Support Worker

I’ve worked in the health, fitness and care industry for the last 12 years.  I enjoy exercising almost every day and spend most of my spare time with my son Vincent.  My favourite food is apple crumble with ice cream.

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Molly Barnett
Bank Support Worker

My name is Molly, I love theatre, dogs, dance and anything creative and I am excited to share this with everyone.

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Lynn Cucchi
Support Worker

My name is Lynn and I have worked in care for over 20 years.  Helix is the first day service I have worked at, and I really love it here.  I live with my two grown up children and my dog, Woody.  In my spare time I love walking, socialising and going out with friends and family.

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Sam Tarrant
Support Worker

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Kelly Hiernaux
Support Worker

Hello, I’m Kelly and I’m so happy to be part of the Windward team. I have many years’ experience working in the care and support sector. I am sociable, outgoing and like to have fun! I love people and making connections with others. I have lots of different interests but my favourites are: food & cooking, music & dance, cinema, film & TV, Fitness - running, cycling and yoga. Hope to see you soon!

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Sophie Blenkin
Support Worker

Hello, my name is Sophie and I am new to the Helix team as a Support Worker. This is my first time working in a care environment, but i'm a passionate person and cannot wait to get to know everyone. I have a little girl who is 1 and a half years old and I love being creative.

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Charlie Davies
Support Worker

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Rachel Manning
Support Worker

Hi I'm Rachel! I have worked in various health and social care settings for may years. I also have a BA Hons Learning Disabilities. I'm really excited to be joining the team at Thrive and cant wait to get to know you all! At home I have one husband and 3 sheepdogs, I also have 2 grown up boys and a grandchild on the way! I love dogs, the beach and most of spare time is spent in the great outdoors hiking.

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Yagmur Altun
Support Worker

My name is Yağmur (Yarmur) and I am Turkish. I have been in the UK since 2019. I am working at Helix Day Service as a Bank Support Worker. I have experience working with people with learning difficulties as part of my university education in Turkey. I love cooking, art, designing and enjoying long walks with my dog Obi.

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Olivia Bodiam
Support Worker

My name is Olivia, I enjoy spending time with family, hanging out with friends and travelling abroad. My hobbies include karate and dance. I have recently left Ferndown Upper School and I am looking forward to starting my level 3 health and social care course at college. I am based at Helix in Verwood.

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Fin Johnson
Support Worker

Hi, I'm Fin

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Martin Green
Support Worker

Hi, I'm Martin 🙂

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Christine Rowland
Support Worker

Hi I'm Christine, and have spent many years working as a support worker for adults with a learning disability/autism. In my spare time I enjoy reading, sewing, and gardening...especially growing vegetables.

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Dana Gregory
Support Worker

Hi, I'm Dana 🙂

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Jackie Eaton
Support Worker

Hi I'm Jackie, but please call me Jax for short. I've worked in Health and Social Care since I was 19. I've also had experience in managing a community care service. I'm recently a new mum to my little girl Evie. I'm very much looking forward to joining Windward Day Services and seeing what I can offer.

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Kal Bedford
Support Worker

Hi I'm Kal 🙂

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Fearne Hansford
Support Worker

Hi I'm Fearne. I'm doing a Health and Social Care course at college, so gaining knowledge on supporting and caring for individuals is important to me. I am new to the care sector, so really want to try and gain as much experience as I can by helping the guys at Windward. It is so welcoming and a brilliant place to be. Some of my hobbies include baking, photography, and keeping active.

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Dawn Denton
Support Worker

Hi I’m Dawn, I am excited to be joining the windward team. I have worked in care for many years from fostering children, residential care for elderly residents to youth work. I love being outdoors walking camping and enjoy gardening.

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Simone Benson
Support Worker

Hi I'm Simone and will be joining the Helix team in Verwood , I've worked in elderly care for some years now and very much looking forward to now having the pleasure of working with Adults with learning disabilities.

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Catherine May
Support Worker

Hi my name is Catherine. I am a new support worker at Spiral Blue and Helix, and I am looking forward to meeting everyone at the service! I recently graduated with a photography degree and want to share my knowledge and bring different fun activities to Windward. I like cooking, photography, gaming and going on long walks.

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Peter Green
Support Worker

Hi, I’m Peter I’ve worked as a support worker for 3 years and am very excited to work at Windward, I am a kind and caring individual and love a good laugh. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, reading, and playing games with my friends.

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Sam Saintey
Support Worker

Hi I'm Sam,

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Charli Perdrisat
Support Worker

Hello my name is Charli and I am a new member of the Helix Team. I have worked with children and young adults with learning disabilities since I was 16 and absolutely love it. I've recently become a mum to a little girl called Luna and I am loving the new adventure.

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Abi Sibley
Support Worker

Hi, I'm Abi and I am a support worker here at WDSL 🙂

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Jenny Owens
Support Worker

Hi, my name's Jenny. I've worked in health and social care on and off in the past few years and I'm really looking forward to working at Thrive. I live nearby with my family, 2 children, 1 husband, and 1 cat. I love tea, cake and photography!

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Evan Beddow
Support Worker

Hi, I'm Evan and I will be working at Helix. This is my first time working in a social care setting and I am looking forward to my time at Helix as a Support Worker. In my spare time I love spending time with my dog and going to EDM events with my friends...and I am even putting on one of my own in the near future as I am an inspiring events manager in my spare time.

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Sue Day
Support Worker

Hi I'm Sue,

I've worked in special needs schools for many years and I love working at Windward. In my spare time I do pencil drawings and portraits/commissions. I love anything spiritual, strange and spooky and I love a good laugh.  I'm a huge David Bowie fan.

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Dana Drudge
Support Worker

Hi I’m Dana, I’m really excited to work for Thrive. I have loads of ideas. In my spare time I like taking my dogs for a walk, shopping and travelling to new places. I am very funny and friendly person.

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Nathan Collis
Support Worker

I have worked with many people with various needs in health and social care for over 25 years, I have a real heart for the people I support and find the work I do really rewarding.  I love meeting new people.

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Tracey Gutteridge
Support Worker

Hi, my name is Tracey and I am a forest girl born and bred.  I was a full time carer for 18 years and have spend most of my life supporting children and adults who have a learning disability.  If it’s noisy or messy, I love it!

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Kerry Bennett
Support Worker

Hi, I’m Kerry and I work at Thrive.  I’ve had the pleasure of working here since 2016, but have worked in social care for 20 years.  It’s the best place I have worked by far and “if you love your job, you’ll never work a day in your life”. I look  forward to coming in because every day is different, fun and rewarding and the people we support are amazing!

Session Leaders – Click

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Anita Davis
Session Leader

My name is Anita and I live in Poole with my mum and two sons and a puppy called Buddy. I also have a daughter who has two little boys, who I adore and see often. I work on Click leading sessions such as Bingo and Opinion Time and enjoy working from home with a community of people who really are the most friendly and wonderful bunch!

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Carl Wilkins
Session Leader

Hi, my name is Carl and I have worked for Windward for almost 10 years. Currently I enjoy running fitness based sessions and many others on Click. I love working with such a welcoming and inclusive community and deliver sessions virtually to people all over the country.

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Lydia Bickley
Session Leader

Hello! I’m Lydia and I lead online sessions with Click. I’ve worked in this area for a number of years and love it more and more each day. I live in Sheffield with my puppy, Noodle, and studied Psychology at Leeds University. I like countryside walks, eating nice food, travelling and animals.

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Shayna Fonseka
Session Leader

I am loving being part of the Click community! I enjoy running art based sessions on Click as as well as fitness and our Saturday friendship sessions too. I live in Lisbon working as a resident artist and its is great that I can be involved in Click alongside my other job.

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Jordan Fretwell
Session Leader

I am Jordan! I help to run The Wellbeing Hub, Click Create and Spotlight on Film. Drawing is my passion and I also like performing too. I am also a proud member of the Click Community and love being part of the staff team too.

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Kathy Coppuck
Session Leader

My name is Kathy and I have been a part of Click since it began in August 2020. I help to run Quiz, Opinion Time and Bingo with Anita. I enjoy singing and making people laugh. I also love being a part of the Click Community as well as a member of the Click staff team.

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Olivia Murphy
Session Leader

My name is Olivia, and I work both on Click and within centres as a freelance drama teacher. On Click I run the  Click Actors’ Company & Creative Space! I love being a part of this fantastic community and creating drama with the different groups of people both in person and virtually.

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Sarah Barton
Session Leader

My name is Sarah and I help to run Click Perform! You will also see me helping out in other sessions. I love to meet new members and hear all about the members who join our wonderful community!

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Josie Litten
Session Leader

I am passionate about inclusivity and supporting people with additional needs.  I am also an education student – I hope to one day become a Speech and Language Therapist!

 

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