Mary has a lifetime experience of supporting disabled children and young people and is the proud (and some say loud!) ...
Mary has a lifetime experience of supporting disabled children and young people and is the proud (and some say loud!) mother of a young man with autism and a learning disability. Mary supported her son through childhood, transition into adulthood and still lives to tell the tale. Hugh recently and thankfully successfully, moved into supported living with some of his friends.
She has personal experience of the complex referral pathways for health, education and social services and importantly understands the difficulties faced trying to navigate them.
As well as being a mum, Mary is a qualified trainer and assessor and has worked as a charity trustee for local charities assisting them to develop their services for disabled children and adults.
In her own words she says that there are no qualifications in the world that can prepare you for the individual journey that every parent confronts when they have a child with a disability. However, she acknowledges that she personally and Hugh benefitted enormously from the support of family and friends and the wisdom, knowledge and advice given freely by other parents of children with disabilities.
Mary has contributed to 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. From Mary’s own personal experience with Hugh she is only too well aware of the barriers they face and is passionate about raising awareness and improving long term health outcomes for our wonderful, unique, gorgeous children and adults.
Amy has a lifetime of experience working with disabled children and adults. Importantly, her career started in the voluntary sector ...
Amy has a lifetime of experience working with disabled children and adults. Importantly, her career started in the voluntary sector with the Catholic Fellowship Wanstead and Woodford group 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.
Jessica Thomas is the Registered Manager of Access All. Jessica has supported children and young people with disabilities since 2009. ...
Jessica Thomas is the Registered Manager of Access All. Jessica has supported children and young people with disabilities since 2009. She has a degree in Special Educational Needs and Inclusion, and a Level 5 in Management in Health and Social Care.
Jessica's career started in this field when she worked as a volunteer play worker at a play scheme for children with a range of disabilities and needs. This is where she met Amy Jenkins. Jessica loved her time at the play scheme, as not only did she learn a great amount, but she met lots of new people and discovered working with disabled children and young people was her passion and future career.
After studying for a Level Three Qualification in Childcare, Jessica worked at a school for children with special needs and disabilities where she stayed for 5 years, first supporting children with complex autism, including those with challenging 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 Jessica enjoyed her time working in the school, she continued to work part time for Access All and in 2015 she made the decision to leave education and join Access All full time as a Team Leader for one specific family.
Now in her new role as Registered Manager she still loves to spend as much time as she can with this family (not just for the coffee and banana bread that they provide her with!!), but because this family helped her to grow and progress, and she was able to see the family develop and achieve.
Jessica's passion for supporting those with disabilities has grown even more, and although she can usually be found in the office dealing with rota's and sending emails, Jessica always make sure she is still able to still spend time doing what she loves, which is supporting the amazing families we have the privilege of working with.
Jessica says, "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!"
Siobhan Wade is the Deputy Manager of Access All. She has supported children and young people with disabilities since 2005, ...
Siobhan Wade is the Deputy Manager of Access All. She has supported children and young people with disabilities since 2005, as a volunteer, play worker, and then into management roles.
The majority of Siobhan's early experience was with a local charity, where she is now a Committee Member. During her time working with this charity she met a huge amount of families, young people and volunteers, who have a love for working with children and young people with additional needs.
Siobhan studied Geography at Portsmouth University, but loved her volunteering, and work with Access All so much, she came home to fulfil these commitments as much as possible.
Siobhan started with Access All in 2011 working part time whilst at university, and in 2013 she returned to Access All full time to be a Team Leader for a client who has complex autism and down syndrome.
During this time she learnt a great deal, including how to run fast, safely visit Southend beach, and the lyrics to a great variety of songs!
Siobhan took a short break in 2015, but couldn't keep away, and she returned as a Team Leader for a 24 hour care package in 2016.
Siobhan has developed her skills and knoweldge through her time working with Access All and in recent years achieved her Level 5 qualification in Health and Social Care Management.
Siobhan is delighted to be back with the Access All Family, and is excited to continue to meet more people, learn new skills and develop within her role!
Sally is our Office Manager. Sally has worked at Access All since 2016, but has known Mary, Amy, Jess and ...
Sally is our Office Manager. Sally has worked at Access All since 2016, but has known Mary, Amy, Jess and Siobhan for many years as Sally was part of the team that worked at Lambourne End providing residential breaks to disabled children and their families.
Whilst you probably won't see Sally she will always be answering the phone and have a chat!!! Sally is available in the office to speak to about invoice queries and any general enquiries.
Olivia has been working with Access All since September 2016. Olivia started working part time whilst still in sixth form ...
OLIVIA EXLEY - PERSONAL ASSISTANT/CARER
Olivia has been working with Access All since September 2016. Olivia started working part time whilst still in sixth form and now she has left school she is full time and loves it!
From a very early age Olivia has always wanted to work within this field, and she says, "I love it more than I could have imagined!"
Olivia has decided that Access All is where she wants to work long term, and develop her career.
Olivia says, "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!"
Anthony has been working with Access All for three years. He is very enthusiastic and loves getting involved in activities ...
ANTHONY RUBERY - PERSONAL ASSISTANT/CARER
Anthony has been working with Access All for three years. He is very enthusiastic and loves getting involved in activities on shift.
Anthony also volunteers and works at the Catholic Fellowship Charity which is the charity that is very close to Access All's heart and provides play schemes and family activities for children with disabilities.
Gabbey is our aspiring medic. Gabbey previously worked full time but since starting her degree she is now part time. ...
GABRIELLE KURPYTE - PERSONAL ASSISTANT/CARER
Gabbey is our aspiring medic. Gabbey previously worked full time but since starting her degree she is now part time.
Gabbey says, "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."
Jodie Williams has been been working for Access All since 2013 and was promoted to a Team Leader in 2017. ...
JODIE WILLIAMS - TEAM LEADER
Jodie Williams has been been working for Access All since 2013 and was promoted to a Team Leader in 2017. Jodie first started as a part time carer whilst studying Business and Sports Science at Canterbury Christ Church University. Since graduating Jodie has committed to working at Access All full time, as she continues to enjoy working with children and adults with a range of disabilities.
Previously to working at Access All Jodie was employed 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.
Jodie's role as a team leader has enabled her to progress within the company while developing new skills.
Ruth has been working for Access All since 2017. Ruth has a life time of experience and knowledge, not only ...
RUTH STRATTON - PERSONAL ASSISTANT/CARER
Ruth has been working for Access All since 2017. Ruth has a life time of experience and knowledge, not only as a mum in her own right, but also through her previous work.
Ruth has worked in Special Schools and for different local charities. Ruth says, "I love my work and the families I work with."
As well as one of Access Alls most experienced carers Christine is our Activity Coordinator. Christine works closely with families ...
CHRISTINE CAVE - ACTIVITY CO-ORDINATOR
As well as one of Access Alls most experienced carers Christine is our Activity Coordinator. Christine works closely with families and staff to ensure our clients have appropriate activities to do in the home or within the local community. Christine has a section in the monthly newsletter, where she shares ideas of different events to attend where she considers multiple different sensory needs, as well as accessibility requirements.
Christine finds that the area of care that she is most enthralled with, is communication. Christine loves 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 her to get creative and innovative, especially when it comes to education or socialization. Christine believes every person has the right to be heard and the right to a full life and she says 'I love being part of a company that allows me to create opportunities and become an advocate for development and integration."
I’m Lydia, I have been working with Access All for just over a year now. I also volunteer part-time at ...
I’m Lydia, I have been working with Access All for just over a year now. I also volunteer part-time at school, providing support to SEN students in my sixth form at a centre which acts as a safe space for them, with staff equipped to deal with their needs.
Being a carer is the best job in the world, supporting the independence and growth of each service user, understanding each of their personalities and goals is what brightens my work.
Making activities and learning accessible is so vital to what I do, as no-one should miss out or feel ostracised.
I aspire to be a journalist, writing about what I perceive to be the most important issues - peace, education and equal rights, and working at Access All is helping me hear the voices that matter most to me.
I have been working with children since 2011. I started in a nursery school where I was introduced to a ...
I have been working with children since 2011. I started in a nursery school where I was introduced to a beautiful 4 year old girl who needed 1:1 help. Soon after I found myself working only, with the little girl at her family home.
I realised this is what I would like to do so I continued working with children with disabilities.
I started my journey at Access All 2 years ago. I'm happy with the family I'm working for and the people I work with.
I will have worked at Access All for 3 years in March, and I have loved every minute. I've progressed ...
Kate Mc Carthy
I will have worked at Access All for 3 years in March, and I have loved every minute.
I've progressed in my career and learned and done things I never would have been able to do without the training and support of Access All.
Our incredible children and young adults and their amazing family members means that there's never a boring moment here.
Access All consists of an incredible team who all go above and beyond to support each other which is just one of the many reasons I love it here.
Hi I’m Dawn, I have worked with Access All for 3 years, and enjoy every minute of it so much, ...
Hi I’m Dawn,
I have worked with Access All for 3 years, and enjoy every minute of it so much, all the clients bring so much joy to my life. Like any job it doesn’t come without its challenges, but on a daily basis the pros outweigh the cons. I also love all the training and support we get from management and other colleagues.
Before joining Access All, I worked in an all inclusive nursery. Working with very young children with a variety of ...
Before joining Access All, I worked in an all inclusive nursery. Working with very young children with a variety of disabilities made me realise how much I loved being a part of these children's lives and encouraging their development.
This lead me to the decision of joining the Access All team. Since joining, I have so many aspirations and have gained so much experience and although I have not worked at Access All for long, I have never felt more part of a team and found myself so fulfilled within a working environment.
Becoming a part of clients and their families lives is really special to me and I can only hope I can contribute to their lives as much as they do to mine.