Meet the team



Laura Walker (Director)

Laura is a Mental Health Nurse. She is also a trainer 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 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

Day Club Facilitator and Fundraiser

(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

 Club Facilitator

 

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. Sophie is Currently studying an MA in Dementia Studies.

 

Pam Warren

Volunteer

 

We are so lucky to have Pam working with us she is a breath of fresh air and an award winner, having recently been Highly Commended at th Volunteer Cornwall Awards 2017

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

Co-Facilitator

 

Clarinda has over 17 yrs 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 people 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.

Working 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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christine Whyte

Office Manager

 

Jen Ovens

Lead Facilitator

 

Lynn Cook

Co- Facilitator

 

Annie Cruse

Co-facilitator

 

Katie Robinson

Lead Facilitator

 

Susan Robinson

Co-facilitator

 

Teresa Sutcliffe

Peer Support Volunteer

 

Phillippa Hodge

Trainer