Providing leisure schemes for disabled children and young people

Eryl Bray

Trustee – Chairperson of Trustees

Eryl was one of the original DASH founding members. At the time she had recently moved to the area as a young Health Visitor and a group of parents of disabled children asked her to help them set up a self help group. During her Health visiting career she was always passionate about working with disabled children and supporting parents. As well as being a Health Visitor she trained as a Portage worker and Portage Supervisor working with developmentally delayed pre-school children and their parents. During this period she also wrote a bilingual “Guide for parent of disabled children in Ceredigion” outlining what help and benefits were available locally and nationally. In 1991 Eryl was appointed as Manager of Tim Plant Anabl which was then called Tim Cymorth Teuluol/ Family Support Team. The team was one of the first multiagency key worker teams in Wales and was based on research undertaken by Bangor University. Eryl is now retired and has the time yet again to work with DASH as a Trustee.

Tina Sherrington

Trustee – Honorary Secretary

Passionate about the development and support of people with disabilities and having recently retired and moved to Ceredigion Tina is excited to join DASH as a Trustee.

Tina spent 10 years working for Social Services in the disability sector.  10 years self-employed followed by 20 years for a large financial organisation where her role was predominantly focused on the wellbeing of its employees. In particular her focus was on the support of employees in the workplace with disabilities and long term health conditions.

Andy Trustee

Andrew Moore

Trustee – Honorary Treasurer

Andy retired to take on the challenge of a smallholding in Ceredigion after starting and running a small Accountancy practice with his wife, Mary, for 15 years after a career in finance and project management with the Royal Mail.  Back in the early 1980s Andy worked as a life skills teacher for school leavers with special education needs and ended his career, locally, as a support worker, first in domiciliary care and then in a care home.

Amelia Campbell

Trustee

Originally from Aberystwyth, now based in Bristol, Amelia has seen the amazing work DASH does and how it benefits young people as her brother attended schemes when he was younger. Amelia is passionate about empowerment and supporting people to reach their potential.

Gareth Lloyd James

Trustee

Gareth is the father of a daughter who has benefited greatly from DASH support for many years now. He lives with his family in the Aberystwyth area where he has been a primary teacher for twenty years.

Cathy McKenzie

Trustee

Cathy worked for over 20 years as an Adult/Paediatric nurse in Ceredigion and Powys.  For 15 of those years she worked with children with disabilities and their families in the community. For some of that time Cathy was based in TPA in Aberystwyth and worked closely with DASH.

Kate Sidford

Trustee – Deputy Chair Person

A housing officer for many years with excellent people skills, Kate became a trustee of DASH to help give something back to the charity she describes as ‘having being a complete lifesaver’ over the years. She is particularly involved with fundraising efforts for DASH.

Gill Harries

Trustee – Responsibility for Fundraising, Chair, DASHAWAY Weekends

Having worked for many years as a Social Worker in different teams, Gill went on to work on Disabled Children’s Team Ceredigion and retired after working for 20 years on that team. She was responsible for the Short Breaks Service supporting disabled children, young people and their families in the area. Gill wished to continue that support by joining the DASH trustees and is involved in fundraising for the charity.

Debbie Salmi

Trustee

Deborah is a healthcare professional and lives in North Ceredigion with her family. Her nine-year-old son started attending DASH leisure schemes when he was four. As well as being a trustee Deborah is  on the fundraising committee and the leisure schemes committee.

Hilary Eldridge

Trustee

Hilary worked for Hywel Dda Health Board in various Administrative roles for over 25 years. For the last 16 years she was Secretary of Tim Plant Anabl supporting the team and the families.

Photo of Ben Freeman, DASH Mananger

Ben Freeman

Staff – DASH Manager

Ben is manager of DASH. He has lived in Ceredigion most of his life and first worked for DASH in 2001 and 2002 as a Teen Scheme leader. Since then he has worked in various roles supporting children and families accross Ceredigion. Ben is the designated Responsible Individual for the DASH Away Weekends Registered Service.

01545 570951

manager@dashceredigion.org.uk

Gail Young

Staff –  Schemes Co-ordinator

Gail is the schemes co-ordinator for DASH Ceredigion. If you have any queries about Playschemes, Activity Days, or any other events that DASH are organising, or you think should be organising, please feel free to contact her at the DASH Ceredigion office.

01545 570951

07855 156962

gail@dashceredigion.org.uk

Alison Bradley

Staff – DASH Away Weekends Co-ordinator

Alison began working with DASH 5 years ago as part of a collaboration with Ceredigion Youth Service and enjoyed it so much that she has been working for DASH on and off in various capacities ever since. Alison now manages the DASHaway Weekends as part of a great staff team, delivering a respite service which aims to ensure that children and young people have fun socialising with friends new and old and doing activities, whilst parents and carers have a break.

01545 570951

07528 701620

rm@dashceredigion.org.uk
photograph of Zoe

Zoe Jones

Staff – Bungalow Coordinator

Zoe first started working at DASH whilst studying at Aberystwyth university and have been with DASH now for about 5 years, as a PA supporting young people and leading the holiday play schemes. She has over 10 years’ experience working with Children and Young People and before joining DASH worked as a Children’s and Youth Club coordinator in North Ceredigion and a Deputy manager at a Christian Youth Centre in North Wales.

01974 241103

07872 165082

tlpc@dashceredigion.org.uk

Joe Ansted

Team Administrator

Joe has been the administrator for DASH since October 2020. Originally, from London, Joe relocated to Aberaeron in 2007. He has worked in various administrative roles.

01545 570951

joe@dashceredigion.org.uk