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.
"The staff help me to live a fulfilling life where I feel supported and safe."
"SWALLOW has supported me to live a more independent life, including finding me my own home."
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.
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.
John Cullum DL
John Cullum has a wealth of experience, both in the commercial and voluntary sectors. He is currently a Non-Executive Director/Chairman on various small business Boards.
A former High Sheriff of Somerset and now Deputy Lieutenant of Somerset and continues to support a wide range of local organisations as Chair of Bath Royal United Hospital’s Forever Friends Appeal Group and Chair of Bath Festivals.
John said: “I was very inspired by the caring and respectful support provided by dedicated staff and volunteers, enabling greater independent living and quality of life for young people and adults in our area. “Hopefully, I can help build both financial and voluntary support for SWALLOW to meet the demand for these growing needs in our community.”
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.
We have a diverse board of 9 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.
Chair of Trustees
I have been a Trustee for SWALLOW for 9 years. I became a trustee as I wanted to be able to support SWALLOW in its 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.
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.
I have been a Trustee since October 1997 – over 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.
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.
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.
I have recently joined this amazing charity as, after fifty years of teaching, training and advising in main and special education I felt the need to be of further use. I have come to realise that this exceptional charity has so much warmth, expertise and energy to give its members, and I’m looking forward to offering support wherever I can.
SWALLOW has been supporting my daughter for 3 years now. She works in the cafe and moved into a supported living flat last year. I have been really impressed by the level of care and support that she has received.
I wanted that work to be able to continue to grow and develop and to give something back to Swallow, so I have joined the team of trustees .
Having spent a career in teaching and supporting children and young adults with social and emotional difficulties, I felt I had some transferable skills to become a Trustee at SWALLOW.
On meeting the staff and members of SWALLOW I was so impressed by the positivity and joy displayed in the work, I was keen to become a small part of their future.
I was volunteering at the Food Bank in Radstock which runs in the same building as the SWALLOW Cafe when I saw that SWALLOW was looking for new Trustees. I was so impressed with the atmosphere, food and members there that I wanted to see if I could get involved with what seemed such an excellent organisation. I hope to make a useful contribution.
Honorary Vice President
Honorary Vice President
Key to the running of SWALLOW is the Management Committee made up of 13 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 some of the members of the Management Committee (not all of the Management Committee are pictured).
Leanne Hicks Davis
We believe that working together makes us stronger. We recognise the ever changing Social Care environment has to work harder and more collaboratively than ever to sustain itself. We constantly look at new ways of delivering support, and developing our workforce, so we can ensure that we offer the best possible service.
We are in search of potential partners who want to explore collaborative working opportunities, share experiences and expertise so we can continue to promote inclusion within our society.
If you’re interested in broadening your network and working in partnership please get in contact