The services offered by Dartmouth Caring are delivered by small team of highly professional staff supported by the charity’s trustees.
We work alongside statutory health and social care providers and other voluntary and community sector organisations.
DARTMOUTH CARING STAFF
Manager & Coordinator
I became Manager of Dartmouth Caring in August 2016, co-ordinating the work of the charity, its volunteers and staff, as well as overseeing fundraising in order to deliver the Trustees’ strategic aims for the benefit of all our many clients.
I have lived and worked in the Dartmouth area since 2010. We have a great community here but one that faces significant challenges in terms of service provision and geographical isolation.
Dartmouth Caring is a charity that aims to plug some of these service gaps and to give a voice to our clients.
We have a great team and a vision we all share, along with a very real passion to see the charity succeed.
I have worked at Dartmouth Caring since March 2011.
Having managed the patient transport service and the fundraising organisation for the charity for some years, I became a support worker in January 2018. I thoroughly enjoy my role which varies day to day. The work is challenging but rewarding and I have learnt a great deal. I very much enjoy working with our clients and volunteers, and continue to learn a lot from them.
I work on the front line of the charity, meeting clients in the office and answering the phones, in between ordering supplies and making sure the office has everything it needs.
I also run our weekly Lunch Club, order the food and pop along to enjoy the camaraderie with all our fantastic clients and volunteers. We try to make sure mealtimes are an enjoyable event that bring our clients together. I count myself really lucky to have such a varied and enjoyable job.
I joined Dartmouth Caring In January 2015. I support carers in their role looking after loved ones and work with the Young Dartmouth group at the Academy every Monday. I enjoy my job as every day is a new challenge. As well as working in the office, I like going out and meeting people, and working as part of a community.
Community Mental Health Support Worker
I have worked for Dartmouth Caring and the Young Carers Group since 2011, co-ordinating the patient transport service since January 2018.
Before moving to the South Hams, I had a career in Portsmouth working with the Social Services team so I have a sound understanding of the work and support that Dartmouth Caring provides.
Palliative Care and Cancer Liaison Nurse
I joined Dartmouth Caring in October 2017. My role involves supporting patients who may have a cancer diagnosis or a life limiting illness.
I work very closely with Dartmouth Medical Practice, different Oncology Centres and Rowcroft Hospice to provide advice to patients, their families and carers.
My experience as a nurse includes 22 years working in Oncology and Palliative Care, both within the NHS and the independent sectors. I am passionate about end-of-life care and ensuring that patients are supported and enabled to be in their preferred place of care.
Accounts Manager & Home Help Co-ordinator
Accounts Manager & Home Help Co-ordinator
I have worked at Dartmouth Caring for a long time; I really enjoy my job and the various elements it covers. Working here is very fulfilling for someone who trained in the financial sector.
The role of Home Help Co-ordinator is a new role which I started in May 2019; it is a growing service, which I find very fulfilling as it helps keep people in the community to stay independent and in their own homes.
I have first-hand knowledge of how important the charity can be to someone when you do not know where to turn, as I am a full time carer for my autistic son and daughter. The charity has been a great help to me over the years with advice and support.
Support Worker and Dementia Liaison Service
I have been working for Dartmouth Caring since 2011. I have always worked in the caring profession as a home carer, a child minder and nurse.
My role with Dartmouth Caring is varied and always interesting. I help to run our Memory Cafés and have a caseload of clients I visit regularly, many of whom I get to know very well. Meeting people and learning about their lives is a privilege and helps to make my job so enjoyable.
Having re-registered as a nurse in summer 2018 I have been leading our new Dementia Liaison Service, aimed at helping those with more advanced memory loss issues.
Support Worker, Young Dartmouth and Memory Café
I have been volunteering for the charity since 2011. I have always worked in the caring profession, and was a nurse for over 20 years before I moved to Devon 17 years ago. I love my job as a Counsellor and Support Worker, helping to run the Memory Cafés and the Young Dartmouth Group.
More recently, I’ve been taking clients out. I thoroughly enjoy wearing several different “hats” in my varying roles and I feel both lucky and privileged to be doing this job and working with the team at Dartmouth Caring.
I have been with the charity since May 2016. My role has me visiting people who are housebound one day, taking others for walks the next. I spend some time in the office helping individuals with any letters or paperwork. Every person I have helped has been lovely. There is a great camaraderie with my colleagues and wonderful support from the Trustees.
My favourite part of the job is coming in to work as every day is so different.
Working as part of the team at Dartmouth Caring, we offer help, support and advice in all its forms to the elderly and vulnerable all around town and the surrounding area.
Every day is different and I really enjoy seeing that my input can make a difference to people.
I also oversee the Thursday Lunch Club and the Visually Impaired Reading Group.
DARTMOUTH CARING TRUSTEES
I have lived in Dartmouth most of my life and have had the opportunity to be the Mayor of the town twice, as well as serving with the Town Council for more than 25 years.
I joined Dartmouth Caring back in 2008 and continue to help with the fundraising side of the charity, as well as assisting at the Thursday Lunch Club where I prepare, cook and serve the food with the help of other Trustees and volunteers. I love meeting people and working with such a great team.
Dee Nutt MBE
I have been involved with Dartmouth Caring since 2006. From my previous experience in the Health Service, I have been able to help the charity to evolve and become one of Devon’s leading health and social care charities, serving the community of Dartmouth and the locality.
With the closure of our cottage hospital and the changes planned for a new Health and Wellbeing Centre at the top of town, along with the many changes to the health service in the region, I believe Dartmouth Caring will have a pivotal role to play in the next few years.
After a varied career – in accountancy, engineering, finance and banking – in different parts of the UK, my wife Pam and I moved to Dartmouth in 2002. I have served Dartmouth Caring as a Trustee, Treasurer and have been the Vice Chair for the charity since 2015.
I have also been a member of Rotary since 1978 and spent about 10 years as President of Dartmouth Rotary. I was also briefly a Trustee of the Flavel Arts Centre and continue as a friend of Dartmouth Community Orchard.
Having qualified as a chartered accountant, I spent most of my working life in London, spending the last 20 years there running a firm of building contractors with over 200 staff and a turnover of over £30 million.
My wife Sarah and I settled in Dartmouth in 2016. A member of Rotary and a volunteer driver for Dartmouth Caring, I am reminded every day by the people I meet just what the charity has achieved over the years. The dedication and professionalism of the staff hits you immediately and is a major reason why I applied to join the Trustees.
I’ve been looking after the finances of organisations large and small most of my life. Since becoming Dartmouth-based in 2007, my regular job has become progressively more part-time, freeing up more leisure time and allowing me to get involved with a number of charities.
I became a Dartmouth Caring Trustee in 2015, taking up the role of Treasurer. This means managing the charity’s finances, helping to obtain the monies that Dartmouth Caring needs and helping with planning and development for the future. It’s great to be involved with such a valued organisation.
My family and I have lived in Dartmouth and the surrounding area since moving down from London in 1992. My three children were educated locally and my wife worked as a Teaching Assistant at Kingsbridge Community College for 7 years.
As well as my role as a Trustee I am Managing Director of a National Security business turning over nearly £50 million and employing close to 2000 staff. The company sponsors a number of activities in the area as well as an ongoing annual sponsorship of Dartmouth Football club.
I joined the dynamic team at Dartmouth Caring in October 2019. With experience working in a variety of sectors, my career has taken me in a number of different directions, including the Banking industry, Education, running my own children’s book business, as well as working as a one-to-one carer and lending a hand with my husband’s copywriting business.
In between I have served as a School Governor, a Parish Councillor and helped launch the monthly Stoke Fleming Community Kitchen lunch. I hope I can make a positive contribution to Dartmouth Caring which is such an important asset to the community.
Dr Frances Davidson
I moved to Dartmouth in 2013 after living in London for 40 years, training and then working as a Doctor. I retired from inner city General Practice after 30 years supporting a very diverse population in South East London.
Since living in Dartmouth I have been interested to learn about the differences between rural and urban health and social care alongside the changing needs and expectations of the local population. I appreciate the local difficulties in light of limited NHS resources.
I want to support the work of Dartmouth Caring, who provide an increasingly important service in our community, and hope my background will provide additional expertise to the Trustee Board.