Charlie Careless- Group Leader
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 senior nurse working at a respite centre for children with learning disabilities. I also work part time at ILEAP charity and with a family offering day care support. In my spare time I love walking my dog, Buster, and spending time with my family.
Mike May , a.k.a DrMike
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 in Early Years. 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 Niamh, I started working for Time Out in May of 2018. The group is really welcoming and the young people make every session a special place to be. I also work part time at ILEAP charity and am currently studying Paediatric Nursing at university, with the aim of working in a Learning Disability setting.
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 used to work as a TA in a local special needs primary school but now I am training to become a paramedic.
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 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.
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
- Jane May