Mary has life time experience of supporting disabled children and young people and she is the proud mother a young ...

MARY DAVIES

MARY DAVIES

Mary has life time experience of supporting disabled children and young people and she is the proud mother a young man with autism and a learning disability. With the support of her family Mary has successfully supported her son through his childhood, through transition and in to adulthood. Hugh has recently moved into supported living with some of his friends.

As well as being a mum, Mary has worked as a charity trustee for local charities assisting them to develop their services for disabled children. Mary is a qualified trainer and assessor. She has personal experience in the complex referral systems needed to ensure that her son could access the services that he needed. Sadly, there is no qualification in the world that covers the journey that every parent confronts when they have a child with a disability! She prides herself on navigating the ever changing and complex pathways that confront families daily.

Mary is a member of the BARTS Trust learning disability steering group, whose purpose is to improve the accessibility of NHS services for children and young people with learning disabilities, so that their long-term health outcomes are improved. From Mary’s own personal experience with Hugh she is only two well aware of the barriers that families can be faced with.

Amy has a lifetime of experience working with disabled children and adults. Importantly, her career started in the voluntary sector ...

AMY JENKINS

AMY JENKINS

Amy has a lifetime of experience working with disabled children and adults. Importantly, her career started in the voluntary sector when she was just 13 years old, and this is where she met her life long friend Sinead. This friendship is the foundation for her passion and drive and what made her decide that caring had to be her life choice.

Her ambition was to grow and develop as a carer who genuinely cares, and she has maintained life-long relationships with children and young people with disabilities and continues to support their families. This is how Amy met Mary, Gary, Hugh and Grace and was the beginning chapter of Access All.

Amy continues working with children and young people with physical, complex medical, behavioural and communication needs. As her career progressed she developed into an effective manager and delivered a number of services for children with complex needs in the borough of Redbridge.

Amy has also worked as an advocate for disabled children and adults, working with individuals and their families to ensure that they get their “Voice heard” and are being included. This is where she met Debbie and together we worked to achieve better outcomes for disabled children and their families.

Amy has a BA honors degree in Special Needs and Inclusion Studies combined with Early Childhood Studies, Level 5 management qualification and a Level 3 qualification in Learning Disability studies. Like Mary she is a qualified trainer and assessor.

Hi, I am Jessica Thomas and I am the Manager of Access All. I have supported children and young people ...

JESSICA THOMAS

JESSICA THOMAS

Hi, I am Jessica Thomas and I am the Manager of Access All. I have supported children and young people with disabilities since 2009, I have a degree in Special Educational Needs and Inclusion and a Level 5 in Management in Health and Social Care. My career in this field began when I worked as a volunteer play worker at a play scheme for children with a range of disabilities and needs, and this is where I met Amy Jenkins. I loved my time at the play scheme, as I learned a great amount, met lots of new people and discovered working with disabled children and young people was my passion and future career. After studying for a Level Three Qualification in Childcare, I then began work at a school for children with special needs and disabilities. This is where I worked for 5 years, first supporting children with complex autism, including those with challenging and complex behaviour and communication needs, and then moving in the school to support children with profound and multiple learning disabilities including those with complex health and manual handling needs. Although I enjoyed my time working in the school, I still loved working for Access All part time and in 2015 decided to come back full time.

When I first came back to Access All I supported one specific family as their Team Leader. Although I have now progressed into a management role, I still love to spend as much time as I can with this family (not just for the coffee and banana bread that they provide me with), but because this family helped me grow and progress in my role, and gave me a great opportunity to see the whole family develop and achieve. My passion for supporting those with disabilities has grown even more, and although I can usually be found in the office dealing with rotas and sending emails, I always make sure I am still able to still spend time doing what I love, which is supporting the amazing families we have the privilege of working with. I love my role as Manager as there is always something new to learn, someone's ideas to listen to and a new achievement to be celebrated!

Hello, my name is Siobhan Wade and I am the Deputy Manager for Access All. I have supported children and ...

SIOBHAN WADE

SIOBHAN WADE

Hello, my name is Siobhan Wade and I am the Deputy Manager for Access All. I have supported children and young people with disabilities since 2005 as a volunteer, play worker and also in management roles. The majority of my early experience was with a local charity, which I am still heavily involved with now as a committee member. During my time working with this charity I met a huge amount of families, young people and also lots of volunteers like me, who have a love for working with children and young people with additional needs.

As I enjoyed my role, I always made sure that even when I went to Portsmouth to study a degree in Geography, that I was able to come back at every opportunity to continue working at the play scheme. I started with Access All in 2011 working part time whilst at university, and in 2013 I returned to Access All full time to be a Team Leader for a client who has complex autism and down syndrome. During this time I learned a great deal, including how to run fast, safely visit Southend beach and the lyrics to a great variety of songs. I took a short break from Access All in 2015, but they couldn't keep me away and I returned as a Team Leader for a 24 hour care package in 2016. Access All have given me so many opportunities over the years to gain skills and knowledge including supporting me to achieve my Level 5 qualification in Health and Social Care Management.

It's great to be back with my Access All Family, and I am excited to continue to meet more people, learn new skills and develop in my role!

I am the Office Manager, and whilst you probably won’t see me you may well speak to me if you ...

SALLY DUNCAN

SALLY DUNCAN

I am the Office Manager, and whilst you probably won’t see me you may well speak to me if you call the office with queries. I have worked at Access All for over 2 years now, but have known Mary, Amy, Jess and Siobhan for many years, having being part of the team that worked at Lambourne End. I am available in the office to speak to about invoice queries and any general enquiries.

I’m Olivia and I have been working for Access All since September 2016, when I started part time whilst still ...

OLIVIA EXLEY - PERSONAL ASSISTANT/CARER

OLIVIA EXLEY - PERSONAL ASSISTANT/CARER

I’m Olivia and I have been working for Access All since September 2016, when I started part time whilst still in sixth form. I have now gone on to working full time and I absolutely love it. I have always wanted to work within this field ever since I can remember and I love it more than I could have imagined! I have decided that it is definitely somewhere I would like to work long term, and make a career out of. All of the management team have been supportive of this, especially when it came to things such as my confidence. When I first started I was very shy and would struggle to hold a conversation however, now I probably will keep you talking for days!

I'm Anthony, I am 20 years old, and have been working with Access All for just under two and a ...

ANTHONY RUBERY - PERSONAL ASSISTANT/CARER

ANTHONY RUBERY - PERSONAL ASSISTANT/CARER

I'm Anthony, I am 20 years old, and have been working with Access All for just under two and a half years. I'm enthusiastic and love getting involved in activities on shift.

My name is Gabbey and I am an aspiring medic, I am currently on my Gap year working for Access ...

GABRIELLE KURPYTE - PERSONAL ASSISTANT/CARER

GABRIELLE KURPYTE - PERSONAL ASSISTANT/CARER

My name is Gabbey and I am an aspiring medic, I am currently on my Gap year working for Access All. I’m enjoying every second of it, in fact I love it so much every time I’m asked for my availability, you’ll find me begging for more shifts. I have always been very curious and eager to learn new things. The diverse and stimulating work at Access All has not disappointed me once since I started working for them in August 2017. My experience and the multitude of transferable skills I have attained through all the amazing training opportunities working here are bound to be extremely beneficial in my chosen career path. Somehow, I still dread my Gap year coming to an end and having to reduce the hours that I can work with the Access All family.

I’m Jodie Williams and have been working for Access All for over 3 and a half years. I first started ...

JODIE WILLIAMS - TEAM LEADER

JODIE WILLIAMS - TEAM LEADER

I’m Jodie Williams and have been working for Access All for over 3 and a half years. I first started as a part time carer while studying Business and Sports Science at Canterbury Christ Church University. Since graduating I have committed to working at Access All full time, as I continue to enjoy working with children and adults with a range of disabilities. My team leader role has enabled me to progress within the company while developing new skills appropriate for my new title. Previous to Access All I have worked as a sports coach running a multi-sport session for children with special needs, as well as being a coach for a sports programme for overweight children.

Hi, my name is Sophie and I am one of the Team Leaders at Access All. I started working here ...

SOPHIE LAXTON - TEAM LEADER

SOPHIE LAXTON - TEAM LEADER

Hi, my name is Sophie and I am one of the Team Leaders at Access All. I started working here in early 2016 as a part time carer whilst finishing my A-Levels, I quickly found that I wanted to do this job long-term. Since June 2017, I have worked full time and was lucky enough to be promoted to Team Leader. Working at Access All has made me more confident and independent, and has re-enforced my love of working with people. Even when working alone, I have always felt so valued and supported by every single member of the team, as we all work towards the same goals of giving the best service to our families. I love every part of this job and couldn't imagine not doing it as it has shaped me into the person I am today!

My name is Ruth, I’ve been working for Access All just over a year now. I love my work and ...

RUTH STRATTON - TEAM LEADER

RUTH STRATTON - TEAM LEADER

My name is Ruth, I’ve been working for Access All just over a year now. I love my work and the families I work with. I am newly appointed team leader and am really looking forward to working closely with both families.

Before I worked with Access All I worked at in special schools, and local charities.

Hello everyone, my name is Christine Cave and I am Access All’s Activity Coordinator. I have recently been promoted and ...

CHRISTINE CAVE - ACTIVITY CO-ORDINATOR

CHRISTINE CAVE - ACTIVITY CO-ORDINATOR

Hello everyone, my name is Christine Cave and I am Access All’s Activity Coordinator. I have recently been promoted and will be working on day-to-day activities for all our service users, as well as finding things for people to do during school holidays and eventually running our own events. I have a section in the monthly newsletter, where I inspire ideas for carers to do with service users and really try to consider multiple different sensory needs as well as accessibility requirements.

Before I had the pleasure of taking on this role, I worked for two years as carer whilst working towards an NVQ Level 3 in Health and social Care. I find that the area of care that I am most enthralled with, is communication. I love being able to adapt and use language in a way that some may find a barrier; whether this is through body language, visual prompts, makaton, Braille or AAC devices; it is something that inspires me to get creative and innovative especially when it comes to education or socialization. I believe every person has the right to be heard and the right to a full life. I love being part of a company that allows me to create opportunities and become an advocate for development and integration.