Who we are

SWALLOW is working to make sure that teenagers and adults with learning disabilities live the lives they choose through user led support.

 
Who we are
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"The staff help me to live a Fulfilling life where I feel supported and safe." 

Sarah 
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"SWALLOW has supported me to live a more independent live, including finding me my own home." 

Dan
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Our history

SWALLOW was established in 1993 by people with learning disabilities and their families to develop a new way of meeting their needs; to provide an alternative to day centres and residential homes. Over the years we have developed our services in response to the wishes of our members. Our aim is to help as many people as we can with the resources that we have.

 
Our history

Governance

The charity has a robust governance structure to ensure the smooth running of all services and to ensure SWALLOW’s resources are used to the maximum benefit of our members.

Our staff

SWALLOW services are run by experienced caring professionals who receive up to date training and supervision. We are proud of our reputation for being a great place to work; we look after our staff and in turn they offer the highest quality support to our members.

Bev Craney

Bev Craney

Chief Executive

bevcraney@swallowcharity.org

Jill Willcox

Jill Willcox

Registered Manager

Michelle Cox 

Michelle Cox 

Human Resources Manager

Nicky Tew

Nicky Tew

Fundraising and Finance Manager 

Ben Nimmo

Ben Nimmo

Senior Support Housing 

Maggie Blake

Maggie Blake

Community Cafe Manager 

Jess Robinson

Jess Robinson

Fundraising and Marketing Officer

Justin Ricards 

Justin Ricards 

Courses and Group Senior 

Claire Coleman 

Claire Coleman 

Employment Support Co-ordinator

Sharon Morris 

Sharon Morris 

PA to Senior Management Team and Courses Senior

Samantha Newbold 

Samantha Newbold 

Senior Outreach Support Worker

Lily Slingo 

Lily Slingo 

Youth Group Leader

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Trustees 

We have a diverse board of 8 Trustees, who are appointed because of their commitment to supporting our members and each brings their own expertise, skills and passion to SWALLOW. They meet on a six weekly basis and play a vital role in ensuring we’re fulfilling our objectives.

See below to find out more about the members of the Trustee Board

Chris Winpenny 

Chris Winpenny 

Chair of Trustees

.I have been a Trustee since October 1997 – 20 years! The then project manager was advertising for a Treasurer so I applied as I wanted to do some voluntary work with my accounting skills. I have loved helping to grow SWALLOW into the successful charity it is today. I work with great staff and managers and of course the Members.

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Tony Quinn

Tony Quinn

Trustee 

I joined SWALLOW in 1999. I joined as I had recently retired and was looking for something different to do and was attracted by the aims of the charity.
I like SWALLOW because of its very clear values and goals. 

Kate Atkinson 

Kate Atkinson 

Deputy Chair 

I have been a SWALLOW Trustee for many years. Once I became a trustee I realised what a great job SWALLOW did and enjoyed working with the members, fellow Trustees and wonderful staff to help make a ‘real difference’ to the member’s lives. 

David Vaughan

David Vaughan

Trustee 

My Friend Tim Watson told me about SWALLOW and invited me along with a view to my becoming a Trustee.  I really liked the aims of SWALLOW. Bev and her terrific team do really makes a massive difference to the lives of the people we support get more out of life and are able, as far as possible, to live an independent life. I am an IT professional and project manager.

Emma Rawlings 

Emma Rawlings 

Trustee 

I have been a trustee for 9 years. I became a trustee for SWALLOW, as I wanted to be able to support SWALLOW in it's relentless work supporting individuals, through learning and fun activities. I wanted to share my skills and expertise in helping the charity grow and move forwards. 

John Freeman 

John Freeman 

Trustee 

I've been a Trustee at SWALLOW for around six years. I like that it is client driven that we all try to assist members in improving their self confidence. Also that it is friendly. I have always been involved in some way with local communities, I taught for 37 years, many of those in this local area.

Stephen Barran

Stephen Barran

Trustee 

I have been a SWALLOW Trustee since September 2015. I was invited to join because I have some experience of social housing. . When I looked at what SWALLOW does and how it works, I realised what an exceptional organisation it is, and was delighted to accept the invitation. What I like best about this organisation is the warm and supportive way in which the staff work with each other, and how the needs of the members drive everything that they do. 

Management Committee

Key to the running of SWALLOW is the Management Committee made up of 11 members each representing the views and thoughts of the wider membership. The Management Committee is consulted on all major decisions around the development of SWALLOW, a Trustee sits in at each meeting and reports back to the Board.

See below to find out more about the members of the Management Committee . 


Paul Davis 

Paul Davis 

Management Committee 

Chris Atkins 

Chris Atkins 

Management Committee

Leanne Hicks Davis 

Leanne Hicks Davis 

Management Committee

Matthew Kitsell 

Matthew Kitsell 

Management Committee

Michael Wride 

Michael Wride 

Management Committee

Lucy Cotterell 

Lucy Cotterell 

Management Committee

Daniel Bates 

Daniel Bates 

Management Committee

Ann Wescott

Ann Wescott

Management Committee

Neil Shearn

Neil Shearn

Management Committee

Sam Williams 

Sam Williams 

Management Committee

Debbie Metcaff 

Debbie Metcaff 

Management Committee

Sarah Tarrant 

Sarah Tarrant 

Management Committee

Kim Hawkins 

Kim Hawkins 

Management Committee

 

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