Siobhan O’Sullivan- Group Leader
I started working with people with learning disabilities and complex needs in 2009 as a volunteer for a local charity before becoming a permenant staff member. It soon became my full time passion and career! After leaving university I started working for Heart of England Mencap in a domicilary care setting for adults with learning disabilities as well as ILEAP. I also do some home support for two local families. In July 2016 I joined Time Out; I love the incredibly welcoming atmosphere created at sessions and the fantastic energy the children we support have. I am now working as a Teaching Assistant in a local special needs Primary School. In my spare time I enjoy reading, watching films and playing music!
I started with Time Out in January 2015. My previous experience includes caring for children and adults with physical and mental disabilities at summer camps in the US. I also worked as a home care assistant in Cornwall. I have moved to the Midlands to train as a doctor. My goal is to be a child and adolescent psychiatrist. In my spare time I like to run, watch films and play with my cat, Bojangles!
I started working for Time Out in October 2016 after moving to the area. I previously worked as a room leader and assistant SENCo in a nursery; working with children and families with their child’s learning development, as well as supporting with behavioural and medical needs. I currently work as a Teaching Assistant at a primary school. I enjoy working at Time Out as there is a relaxed and homelike atmosphere for both the children and staff and everyone is very supportive.
Hi, I’m Charlie. I started working at Time Out at the beginning of March 2017. The group is so friendly and the young people are great! I’m a learning disability nurse working at a respite centre. I also work part time at ILEAP charity and with two families offering day care support. In my spare time I love walking my dog, Buster!
I have been part of the Time Out Team since 2009. I started supporting the young people at Calvert Trust as a volunteer, working my way up to being a full time member of the team in 2014. My full time job is as a Teaching Assistant at Welcombe Hills School. The Time Out Group gives me the opportunity to work with the youngsters in a less formal and more social atmosphere than school. I believe ths enables me and the whole group to enhance the young people’s social life and independence, therefore growing into adults who are a credit to themselves.
I have worked for the group since moving from Portsmouth in 2006 where I worked as a teaching assistant in a special needs school. In addition to my work at Time Out I provide respite to families who have children with disabilities and work full time as a Speech and Language Therapy Technical Instructor and a National Autistic Society EarlyBird trainer. I have previously worked at other groups for young people with disabilities, but I feel that the Time Out group is very unique and special. Many of the young people we support have tried to access other groups and failed, but they are successful in our group because we have high staffing ratios, consistent staff and the young people are given the opportunity to build positive relationships and experiences.
I have been working as a member of the Time Out Group staff team since1999. I also have 2 other part-time jobs; I am a sessional worker for Stratford Children’s Services and a family support worker for a Children’s Centre in Rugby. This includes offering a wide range of support to families including delivering the parenting programme “Triple P”. My leisure time is mostly taken up with volunteering. I founded Southam Gymnastics in 1997 for children between the ages of 4 and 18 years which involves many hours spent behind the scenes as well as coaching on two evenings a week . I became a Brownie helper in 1993 when my daughter was aged 7 years old and I also help as a Team Manager at Leamington Cycling and Athletics Club. In July 2012 I received the ultimate honour for volunteering by being selected as an Olympic Torch-bearer but for me the best reward of all is to see children grow in self-confidence as they experience positive opportunities. I feel this same sense of reward working with the children at Time Out Group who have all taught me so much over the years. I enjoy sharing this experience with my skilled colleagues and getting to know the children’s parents.
I started working for the Time Out Group in August 2001. I enjoy the challenges of working with the young people. Seeing them smile and go home happy is the best feeling in the world. In addition to Time Out, I have run summer schemes and sports sessions for young people with disabilities for many years. I currently work full time as a senior home carer which involves training carers, giving care and support in clients homes, being on call, dealing with clients and their families, completing care plans and risk assessments and working alongside health professionals, social workers and other agencies . The Time Out Group has been a massive success over the years and I am proud to be part of such a great team.
The charity is run by a dedicated committee who work closely with the staff to ensure the successful running of the group. They are:
- Jo Bradley (Chair)
- Zoe Hughes (Vice Chair)
- Nick Keegan (Treasurer)
- Alison Gilbert (Secretary)
Additional Committee Members:
- Ian Roberts
- Paula Ellis
- Boo Lewis
- Sally Keegan