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.
Support Worker and Deputy Manager
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.
Support Worker - Memory Cafe - Young Dartmouth
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 and on Tuesdays I work with the team of volunteers and colleagues who run the Memory Café. 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 & Social Prescribing Link 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 working in Oncology and Palliative Care since 1995, 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 & Catering Manager
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.
I helped set up the Home Help service in May 2019 and have watched it grow helping more people stay independent in their homes over the past year. 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 also have helped set up the new Meals on Wheels Service I September 2020, it is a service which Dartmouth lost and it is nice to see it being brought back.
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.
Dementia Liaison Service Lead
Dementia Liaison Lead
I am joining Dartmouth Caring at the start of October to lead on the dementia work of the charity, including supporting the most vulnerable clients and their carers.
My background in the health and social care sector, most recently as the manager of the South Hams area of Alzheimer’s UK has given me the experience and expertise to work with you and the fabulous team at Dartmouth Caring.
Support Worker - Visually Impaired Reading Group
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.
Meals on Wheels and Transport co-ordinator
Meals on Wheels and Transport Co-ordinator
I joined Dartmouth Caring in September 2020, to help with the new Meals on Wheels service and to act as the first point of contact for this service. When our patient transport service resumes I will be the one looking after client needs and appointments.
I really enjoy my job and how different each day can be. My background is in care, hospitality and finance, which helps me with the different aspects of my role.
I love being part of the charity that helped me greatly when I became a carer in 2014 for my partner. I understand first hand the difference Dartmouth Caring makes to the community and the individuals needing support.
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.
Support Worker - Home Help Co-ordinator - Memory Cafe
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.
Lunch club and Meals on Wheels chef
Lunch club and Meals on Wheels chef
I joined Dartmouth Caring in March 2018, as the cook for the lunch club, initially 2 days a week. It was wonderful to see our clients enjoying themselves, socialising and having fun, whilst being fed. I do miss the companionship of the club during Covid, as working on your own can be lonely.
Currently I 3 days a week, as now we have the lovely Natalie who does the other 2 days. It feels good to know we are providing a hot cooked meal to those who need to extra support.
I do have a great deal of experience in catering having had three children, and working as dinner lady and cook at Dartmouth Academy for 9 years.
Lunch Club and Meals on Wheels Cook
Lunch Club and Meals on Wheels Cook
I joined Dartmouth caring in August 2020 as a cook 2 days a week. I love cooking and knowing the clients have a hot delicious meal everyday. I thoroughly enjoy working for Dartmouth Caring and hope that I will be able to progress to more soon, as restrictions are lifted!
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.