Our staff

All staff at Bright opportunities are trained to the highest standards and skilled on a variety of subjects to meet all our clients needs.

We believe on-going training and learning is essential to providing the best possible unique professional service we can provide.

We cover:

  • First aid and defibrillator
  • Understanding Epilepsy
  • Buckle madazalam
  • Basic food hygiene
  • Safeguarding
  • Fire and evacuation and albac mat
  • Basic makaton
  • Safe place scheme
  • Health and safety in the workplace
  • Equality and diversity level2
  • Administration of medications level2
  • Diabetes, treatment and management level2
  • Nutritional needs level2
  • Cleaning and waste management level2
Tracey Green

Support worker and Managing Director

I have worked in health and social care for 22 years and have experience varied from nursing homes caring for the elderly with dementia to adults with challenging behaviours and autism.

I have worked with adults in independent living supporting people in their own home and shared homes with learning difficulties and challenging behaviours.

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, out patients 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 commnuity interest company learning disabilty day center in Buxton- we now support over 58 people weekly through our ever-growing personal centered 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.

I enjoy a laugh and have 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 .

Ellis Hayward

Director

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

Edwin Stanton

Director

I am one of the Directors. I am a 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 i also do some volunteer driving. My interests include walking, cooking, gardening and when time permits, golf.

Margaret Newman

Manager

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.

Helen Turner

Senior Support Worker

My name is Helen. Ive 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.

Cheryl Starr

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 country side.

Clare Balfe

Senior Support Worker

I am clare, I’ve worked in the care profession for 15 yrs, I completely love my line of work and could never do any other job.  It brings me great pleasure to see the service users happy and at ease around me.

Out of work I like to eat good food, eat out, be active, shopping, I’m lucky to have a good circle of friends around me, and my family are close.

I think its important to travel and see the world and different cultures this one of my biggest passions most of all my 2 young daughters are my life i enjoy so much being a mother to them, I dont take life too seriously, I hope people would say I’m approachable and a bit of a laugh.

Denise Wedge

Support Worker

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.

Jim Lampard

Support Worker

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 birdwatching.

Tim Peach

Support Worker

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

Alison Brunning

Support Worker

Hi, my name is Alison. I have worked with people with learning difficulties for the last 17 years in various establishments, Ranging from nursery schools, colleges and day centres.I regularly do wildlife group activities with my learners at Bright Opportunities helping them learn about nature, and projects to do with wildlife.

In the warmer months we work at the community allotment. I also help my learners with fun arts and crafts. I like walking with my dog in my spare time.

William Cooke

Support Worker

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.

Rebecca Legge

Support Worker

I have seven years experience l/d 11 years working in the care sector. My qualifications include NVQ level 3, makaton and (soon to be) qualified level one bsl.

I love animals and enjoy any physical activities like walking, swimming etc. I like to be busy and have fun. I am caring and have a friendly nature.

Sally Pegg

Support Worker

I was an ex GMP Police officer for 12 years and i have worked with clients with challenging behaviours for over 20 years.

I love horses, walking and swimming which works well with some of our clients.

 

Andy Hulse

Support Worker

I have got three years experience in support work, after many years of property and finance services.

I am a father of three who are now all in their twenties.  I enjoy the great outdoors and local music scene.

Interested in motorsport and i also work as a volunteer driver.

Abigail Cull

Support Worker

My name is Abigail Cull, also known as Abs. I’m a support worker at bright opportunities and love my job. I have worked with young adults and children with learning disabilities for the past 7 years. I’ve also worked with young adults and children with behavioural problems in residential.

Before I started working within the industry I was a spa therapist and performed a range of holistic treatments. I have included some of these treatments in the day to day life at bright opportunities which our service users seem to enjoy very much. I love to socialise with friends and family on a regular basis and I’m into my music festivals. Zumba is a fitness passion of mine and I’m lucky enough to also include this in my daily work at bright opportunities.

 

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Lyn Williams

Support Worker

I have worked in an office for over 20 years, I started at the bottom and worked my way up! I have worked at Bright Opportunities for about 18 months and love my job so much, the clients and staff are all amazing.

I have three adorable children who are my world. I enjoy spending time with my kids, socialising, walking, listening to music and swimming.

Esther Higton

Support Worker

My name is Esther and I am the cook at Bright Opportunities, I also do some support work too.

I have many years experience doing varied types of care work, and also have many years experience with learning difficulties on a personal level due to my daughter Sophie having severe autism, learning disabilities and challenging behaviour.

I have my NVQ level 2 and 3 in Health and social care. I have also completed the beginners Bristish Sign Language and have nearly completed Level 1 British sign language.

Cath Finn

Support Worker

I have worked in the voluntary sector for over 35  years. Following a serious illness in 2009 I went back into education and gained some qualifications in art and design. After this I was lucky enough to combine my art with my community work and began volunteering with Bright Opportunities running the twice weekly art sessions.  Every week is a different challenge but always an enjoyable one!

Frank Nixon

Support Worker

I have worked in primary schools for thirty five years of headship.  I read about Bright Opportunities in the Buxton Advertiser two and a half years ago and offered my services to teach reading and language.  I have enjoyed every minute for its a great place to work.

Anna Slack

Support Worker

Hi I’m Anna.. I have worked in care for over 4 and a half years now – I have a real passion for my job. I am a bubbly person with a good personality and like to have a good laugh.  I give 100% to my job and will go that extra mile to help to clients I support as I am passionate about my job.
I enjoy going on holidays and to socialise with friends! I also enjoy going swimming, going for walks and taking my dog Bailey with me.