Meet the team



Laura Walker (Director)

Laura is a Registered Mental Health Nurse and holds the Dip He (Nursing) She is also a trainer (PTTLS) and skilled CST practitioner, experienced in providing therapeutic, recreational activity and group work to people living with memory difficulties and dementia.

Laura has a wide range of experience, having worked in various mental health settings as a Staff Nurse and Recreational Therapist in care homes, and an Assistant Manager in an Assessment and Treatment centre for people with a dual diagnosis of learning disabilities and mental health problems.
Laura has vast experience in the facilitation of therapeutic groups work and has developed a unique brain training program for older adults interested in maintaining cognitive and brain health.

Laura has always had a strong passion to change the experience of someone living with dementia to a positive one. She has seen time and again how creative activity and cognitive stimulation can change peoples self esteem and self worth for the better. Because of this she is committed to improving standards of activity provision within care homes.
Laura is passionate about the importance of person-centred care and is a Department of Health Dignity Champion.

Laura co-faciliates the Lostwithiel Memory Cafe with Jo, with the invaluable help of the volunteers from Lostwithiel Rotary Club.

Laura lives with her husband and her three children in Lostwithiel, Cornwall.


Kate Smith (Director)

Kate has been a Registered General Nurse for 25 years and in that time has worked in a variety of fields both within the NHS and externally for charities and in the private sector.

Kate has extensive knowledge of how dementia can affect both the individual and their carers and families, from initial diagnosis to long term care. She is passionate about providing a cost effective and ethical service to assist the community, to gain a deeper understanding and a better quality of life for those living with Dementia.

Kate has a wealth of experience that include working within a variety of clinical settings from nursing the elderly and those with dementia, general medicine to endocrinology, renal medicine and works also with physically and mentally disabled children.

Kate has worked in a variety of locations from GP surgeries to Care Homes to Hospitals. Her clinical work has also included working as a Clinical Nurse Advisor to General Practitioners and Consultants and improving and monitoring clinical practice by auditing and setting clinical standards

Kate aims to ensure that Memory Matters SW grows as a Community Interest Company to serve those that need it, when they need it.

Kate constantly strives to improve the care that patients receive.

Kate is married and has 2 children. She lives in Plymouth.

 
Karen Stanford

Lostwithiel Day Club Facilitator & Activity Worker

(Bodmin)

"What I love about being an activity worker is to see how people respond to you. I love getting people involved and interested and I enjoy that involvement. The best bits?... When people laugh and say "I've had a good time."

Karen grew up in Bodmin, Cornwall before joining the Army where she enjoyed 12 years service in England and Germany. A driver by trade but she enjoyed many roles during her time, learning many life skills.

On her return to Cornwall she worked for a wetsuit company before changing career tack completely to work for a residential care homes' day centre where she immensely enjoyed her role. "The more I got out of it, the more I wanted to give back."

karen has also worked for the ambulance service as an emergency care assistant.

Karen's hobbies include; gardening, (when it's not raining), travelling, walking, cooking, meeting up with friends, going to the gym, reading (when I get a chance!)

Karen lives in Bodmin with her partner.

 

Sophie Hester

Wadebridge Activity Club Facilitator & Activity Worker

(Wadebridge)

Sophie has experience of working providing activity and occupation to people living with dementia in a day care setting as well as working as an occupational therapy assistant in a busy hopsital.

Sophie has a flare for art and design and is happy to bring her skills in to the activity worker role.

 

Pam Warren

Volunteer

(Lostwithiel)

We are so lucky to have Pam working with us at the Lostwithiel club on a Wednesday!

Pam's background is in social work and she is a dab hand at encouraging people to have fun whilst utilising their strengths!

 

 

Clarinda Clancy

Activity Worker & Co-Facilitator

(Wadebridge/ Bodmin)

Clarinda has over 15yrs experience providing care and stimulating activities in a Daycare Center environment.

Clarinda is passionate about being able to give time to support individuals that she works with , keeping them involved, active and happy.

"I  have a keen interest in the lives and interests of the people  that i work with which I incorporate into activities.

Being an Activity worker for Memory Matters SW is a very fulfilling role especially when the individuals that i work with say " You've made a lovely change to my day."

Clarinda lives in Washaway with her partner and three daughters.

My Hobbies include Walking, Gardening and Cooking


Natasha Endean

Activity Worker

( Helston)

Natasha is a qualified Occupational Therapist. 

Natasha has a variety of hobbies and particularly brilliant and making cakes!!

Natasha strives to always go that extra mile for her clients and loves her role as an Activity Worker!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kathy Pethers

Activity Worker/ Session Presenter/ Club Facilitator

(Plymouth)

I  worked previously as a support worker/carer in the community for 8 years before joining the Memory Matters team. Previous to this, I was training to be an Occupational Therapist and the ethos for this has stayed with me and still hold true today. I wanted to work with people using activity to enhance their lives and well-being whilst meeting their own unique needs.

I like to be creative painting using all sorts of mediums, very keen on keeping fit with activities ranging from Taekwondo, Tai chi Yoga Pilates and any free time i can be found on a beach, body boarding or possibly surfing as this is my goal for this summer. I have always enjoyed camping and am a keen reader.

I have worked with people with Dementia, in many different care settings and the work that Memory Matters does throughout the South West brings a much needed service in a fun social way.

Pat

Volunteer

(Wadebridge Club)

"As an ex-carer for my husband for some 14 years, and then working with Bodmin dementia carers group for 10 years,  I was delighted with the opportunity to work as a volunteer in Wadebridge.

This is such a happy group,  and the challenge of learning each persons way of coping with their  problem is very fulfilling. 

 

 

Chris Purser

Co-Facilitator