Meet The Team
Day and Domiciliary Care
Our dedicated team of experienced professionals are always on the ball, utilising their unique skills and passion to move the work of our Community Interest Company forward.
Managing Director and Support Worker
I have worked in health and social care for 26 years and have experience varied from nursing homes caring for the elderly with dementia to adults with challenging behaviour and autism. I worked with adults in independent living supporting people in their own home and shared homes with learning difficulties and challenging behaviour. I have worked for an agency as a personal assistant for adults with learning disabilities to support them in everyday life, college, social and education needs and holidays.
I also have 4 years’ experience in day service setting from Alderbrook Day Centre supporting a varied mix of learning disabilities and autism. I have worked for the NHS as bank staff and has hospital nursing experience as a supporting care support worker on medical wards, outpatients, and the psychiatric secure units. In 2010 I developed and now manage a weekend social club for adults with learning disabilities run every Saturday and is highly successful and has an excellent reputation to all its users and is a massive contribution to normalisation in a community based setting Bright Choice this also developed into Bright Opportunities a Community Interest Company learning disability day centre in Buxton: we now support over 58 people weekly through our ever growing personal centred service.
I am qualified level 5 diploma in management in adults and children’s services in health and social care. I love the work I do and the people who I provide care for, my love is learning disabilities and supporting people. enjoy a laugh and had a great sense of humour and see the best in everyone.
I enjoy travelling and holidays, concerts, gigs, music, swimming, walking my crazy dog Codey and socialising with friends and family and dote on my beautiful nieces and nephews and my two beautiful boys.
I retired from the I.T industry after more than 30 years as a programmer, analyst and consultant. I have an active interest in different forms of psychology and gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Emotional Education at Derby University when I was 60 years old. I did three years counselling courses at Buxton campus but discontinued the course due to other commitments,
I have been trained as a mentor and a reading coach working with excluded children and young adults who have been part of the justice system. I am also a trained appropriate adult and worked in the Derby police station for a short while until I became a trustee and volunteer at the Grapevine Well-being Centre and Director at Bright Opportunities CIC and Bright Opportunities Enabling Services Ltd.
I am one of the Directors. I am chartered tax adviser with over 50 years experience with a national accountancy firm. Following my retirement from full time practice. I assist Bright Opportunities with financial and accounting matters and also do some volunteer driving. My interests include walking, cooking, gardening and when time permits golf.
My name is Margaret, I have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. I like walking and going on holiday. I have worked with students/service users for over 25 years. I have been at Bright Opportunities for nearly a year. It is a great place to work, the service users are so happy and are never just sat doing nothing. The staff are great they go above and beyond to ensure that things go well and that the service users get a full experience.
Senior Support Worker
My name is Cheryl Starr and I have been working with Bright Opportunities for 4 years. I love working with people with Learning Disabilities and have experience of working with them for 11 years. I am keen to encourage people to achieve their full potential in a safe environment and become integrated into the local community. I enjoy wildlife, birdwatching and walking in the countryside.
I have got five years’ experience in support work, after many years of property and finance services. am a father of three who are now all in their twenties. I enjoy the great outdoors and local music scene. I am interested in motorsport and I also work as a volunteer driver
Hi, I’m Anna and I have been a support worker for 7 years now, and part-time manger for 2 years. I would describe myself and motivated, outgoing and determined and I have a good outlook on life. I love being with my friends and family and going on holiday travelling.
Hi my name is Chelle. I love my job as a support worker and find it extremely rewarding and I adore the clients. I treasure time with my 4 grandchildren and enjoy going on holiday in my converted van. I also enjoy Music lots and I was a DJ for 27 years in and around Buxton.
My background is varied. In 2000, I initially trained as an occupational Therapy Assistant, working five years in hospital psychiatric rehabilitation. Since then I have worked at a residential college, supporting young disabled adults and at a day centre supporting adults with learning disabilities. I have also worked in head injury and stroke rehabilitation. I have a health and social care level 3. I started volunteering at Bright Choice in 2011 and joined Bright Opportunities team in 2014. My interests are live music, travel, photography, walking and yoga
My name is Helen. I have worked as a support worker for ten years. I have an autistic son who also has a.d.h.d. I love walking, baking and socialising with my friends and family. I have a friendly outgoing personality and I like to make sure everyone is happy.
Hi, my name is Jan, I work at the Community Allotment alongside my work mate Jean. We grow a variety of vegetables and flowers. We have made a wildlife pond, and created wildflower areas, which attract butterflies, bees and birds. No pesticides or weed killer are used. Everyone is welcome to come, there is always a job for every ability, that we can help with. Or just sit and relax and enjoy!
Hi my name is Jean, previously I have worked for Peaks and Dales Advocacy as a coordinator/advocate for people with learning disabilities. I now work at the Community Allotment, supported by Bright Opportunities. I help maintain the allotment, growing plants and vegetables. Also creating wildlife areas for birds, insects and wildlife. It is a beautiful place to work and for people to visit and work on the allotment. My hobbies include sea kayaking, gardening and travel.
I have got 20 years experience working with young people and adults as a teacher and a support worker. I enjoy playing music with local bands and a choir, as well as running music workshops. I also like outdoor activities like walking and bird watching.
Hi I'm Crow I have worked in elderly care for 26 year and wanted a change to do something fun and so rewarding so I started at Bright Opportunities 9 months ago I have and still am learning so much and I absolutely love it. I enjoy spending time with my family and my dogs. I have my NVQ 2 and 3 in care and have gained my train the trainer course for Arc for Bright Opportunities.
My name is Julia. I have worked for Bright Opportunities for approx. 2 years. I have been a support worker for the past 25 years, and during this time have worked with many of the service users. I enjoy cooking, walking and spending time with my family. I think that Bright Opportunities is a very happy place for both staff and service users alike, and I love my job!
My name is Mia and I’ve been a support worker for 8 years. I worked as a housing support worker with young adults and then decided I wanted to work with vulnerable adults with learning disabilities which I absolutely adore and is so rewarding as a job role. I have two children and they are my world; we love holidays and adventures. I love socialising with friends and I love going to the gym.
I worked as a machine setter for 10 years but wanted to do a job that was a bit more fulfilling. I went into domiciliary care for 3 years and then worked in a care home for 2 before joining bright opportunities. I really enjoy the job and really look forward to going to work.
I've been with my wife for 17 years and we have a little sausage dog called Frank. I like to spend my spare time socialising with my family and friends, I also play in a local band at various venues around the country. I consider myself a calm, caring and happy person.
I've been working as a support worker for children and adults for 8 years. I've got two children 21 and 19 years old. I enjoy being outdoors and walking my black Labrador (Poppy). I love mountain biking, crown green bowls and enjoy watching most sports. Cheers. Tim
My name is Tom and I've worked in care for around 9 years, which is something I thoroughly enjoy, I like to know that I’ve gone to work and made a difference to someone’s life in a positive way. I like to be able to have a laugh and have a very laidback attitude to working in care, but I can speak up and do what’s needed when necessary. I have a lovely family and I am full time dad so understand the importance of being able to have fun but also being firm when needed. I have lots of different hobbies, I’m a 35mm film photographer, which is something I want to put to use with the service users one day, I also am a bit of a nerd and collect lots of figures, play a lot of games and watch lots of films, this is something that some of the service users relate to and I like to be able to use that in my daily working life, I also love a good craft beer.
Hello, my name is Will, I have three years’ experience working in this field, and I am currently doing a degree in Health and Social care. I love swimming, walking and music, particularly playing the piano.