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Our Staff

Chloe Myers

Manager

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Chloe joined the charity in 2014 as Volunteer Co-ordinator and now manages the staff team.  Before joining the voluntary sector, Chloe worked in welfare to work, supporting people with disabilities into employment. Chloe grew up in Teignmouth and still lives here now with her husband and two sons. She is an avid reader and Harry Potter fan, tries her best to keep healthy on a plant-based diet (most of the time), enjoys walking on the coast path, rowing, paddle boarding, hula hooping, and watching live music.  Chloe is training for a marathon and is collecting sponsorship for Volunteering in Health – if you’d like to sponsor her you can do so HERE

Miia Thomas

Office Manager

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Miia joined Volunteering in Health in 2016 as our Administrator, an invaluable support to the team. She is now the Office Manager, looking after all of the office based staff and administration tasks – including all of the statistics and data for the charity. Miia has something of a multicultural background with a Finnish Mum and a British Canadian Dad. She has worked in Australia and spent time volunteering in east Africa. Miia uses her spare time to go swimming in the sea and walking on Dartmoor and the coast path with her husband and four children. In 2019 she and her husband completed the Hebridean Way in Scotland over ten days. You can occasionally find Miia preaching at Teignmouth Baptist Church.

Jeannette Osmond

Team Leader

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Jeannette joined Volunteering in health in 2014 as our first Hospital Link Worker before taking on the challenge to become the first Wellbeing Co-ordinator in 2016. In 2018 she became the first Wellbeing Co-ordinator in the area to train to facilitate the Helping Overcome Problems Effectively (HOPE) course, which has been a great success and is now rolling out across Devon.  In 2018 she also took on the added responsibility of becoming the Team Leader for all of the client facing staff. Jeannette enjoys kayaking and spending time with her three teenage children.

Nicki Engert

Accounts Administrator

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Nicki joined Volunteering in Health in August 2018 after 17 years working as a Project Manager for an IT company. She loves a pub quiz and her claim to fame is winning TV Quiz Pointless with her husband! She is responsible for all things money in the charity.

Sheila Goodsell

Transport Co-Ordinator

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Sheila looks after our drivers and transport desk volunteers, as well as our wheelchair accessible vehicle. Before moving to Devon, Sheila worked in the office of a residential home and ran a car scheme for her village (about ten drivers compared to our 40!). Sheila has two daughters living near Bristol and enjoyed being Mother of the Bride in May 2019! Sheila loves swimming, but only in a pool; walking, especially with a dog; and watching the Back Beach Boyz!

Erin Valko

Volunteer Co-Ordinator

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Erin has lived in Teignmouth for 7 years and loves it ‘down south’! Born and bred in Berkshire she worked in Psychiatric Care, Community Transport, with Young Carers and Sport Admin. She has been with ViH for over 4 years having done a variety of voluntary roles and now is working as our Volunteer Coordinator. She enjoys time with friends & family, Church life, food, trains and ‘crafty’ things.

Zoe Fogden

Home Help Service Co-Ordinator

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Zoe joined Volunteering in Health in September 2018, co-ordinating the growing Home Help Service.  Her team of 7 home helpers help people with practical tasks around the home, like cleaning, laundry and shopping.  Zoe lives with her husband and three young children in Dawlish. She also has her own small business making personalized plaques and signs, which make great gifts.

Amanda Da Silva

Support Worker

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Amanda started working with Volunteering in Health in March 2019. Having spent the last thirteen years working as a Dispenser at a local pharmacy, she has loved the opportunity to continue to support the local community in her new role. She is married with a young daughter and enjoys yoga, swimming and photography.

Jill Breyley

Wellbeing Co-Ordinator

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Following a 36 year career as a nurse based on the ward at Teignmouth Hospital, Jill joined Volunteering in Health in 2016. She is enjoying getting to know her clients in a more personal way than she was able to as a nurse and has been a great advocate for the Wellbeing Co-ordination service and the charity.

Teresa Patey

Wellbeing Co-ordinator

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Teresa has spent her whole career supporting people to overcome barriers and reach their full potential. Whilst working at Petroc College her role included confidence building, raising self-esteem and instilling a self-belief, all of which helped them to achieve their goals. She is also an accredited hypnotherapist and has lived in Devon for 28 years and Spain for 12 years. She has four grandchildren and loves having fun with them. She also enjoys practicing tai chi, visiting new places.  Recently she bought a canoe and is looking forward to getting out on the river in it!

Jan Bourne

Hospital Link Worker

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Jan based her nursing career on palliative care and has worked at Torbay Hospital, Rowcroft Hospice and in the community in Teignmouth. She is married with three children and four grandchildren and enjoys kayaking, swimming and reading.

Julie Dingley

Support Worker

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Julie has been volunteering for Volunteering in Health since the very beginning when she joined as a transport desk administrator.  All those years on the transport desk mean that she knows the service and our clients and drivers inside out! Julie took on paid employment in 2015, setting up a Telephone Befriending Service, where she and a small team of volunteers call lonely people each week for a chat.  More recently she has now taken on more responsibility by taking on clients who have completed the HOPE course and supporting them over the phone. Having benefitted from the HOPE course herself she is now co-facilitating it. As someone who has experienced our services from all angles, Julie does a lot of public speaking for the charity, sharing her story as a way of illustrating what we do.  You can find Julie every Saturday morning running the 5k parkrun on the seafront!

Sharon Holmes

Home Helper

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Sharon has been working for Volunteering in Health since 2015.  Prior to this she had spent the last 25 years working in residential care, specifically caring for those suffering with dementia. Sharon has lived in Teignmouth all her life, she loves her home town and enjoys learning about the history of it.

Carole-Ann Clark

Home Helper

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Carole-Ann recently moved to Teignmouth from Torquay. She is interested in complementary therapies and enjoys helping people.

Marie Edmondson

Home Helper

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Marie has lived in Teignmouth since 2014 and is one of our longest serving home helpers. She enjoys working with people in their own homes and is a keen gardener. Mare enjoys travel and going on holiday in the sun.

Michelle Maiden

Home Helper

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Alan Bearcroft

Home Helper

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Carole-Ann recently moved to Teignmouth from Torquay. She is interested in complimentary therapies and enjoys helping people.

Sheila Miller

Home Helper

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Sheila grew up in Kent and moved to Devon after a short spell in Cornwall. She loves the fresh air and beaches here and enjoys getting outside walking and gardening. She worked for Age UK for many years as a cleaner as well as having some private clients. She enjoys working with people who have various needs and supporting them in different ways.

Danielle MacDonald

Home Helper

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Danielle has two children and two step-children and loves taking them for family days out. She has an NVQ Level 3 in Health and Social Care and 8 years experience in care, including care in the community.

Lorraine Lizius

Community Engagement Worker

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Sally Hocking

Hospital Link Worker

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Sally works on the ward at Dawlish Hospital, where she had previously worked as a Healthcare Assistant, so she is well known by all the staff. Sally was also part of our Proactive Care Team pilot, which led the way for the Wellbeing Co-ordination programme.

Gordon Robbins

Link Worker

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Alan has lived locally for nearly a decade and prefers working outdoors and tackling DIY jobs. Alan enjoys walking his four French bulldogs, and trips away in his motorhome.

Our Trustees

Andy Davies—Chair
Manuela Grossmann-Vice Chair (Health and Safety)
Ken Goodsell – Trustee
Ann Meyrick-Secretary
Neil Howell-Trustee (Finance)

Judy Falcao-Trustee (Human Resources)
Alison Upton-Trustee (Fundraising)
Alison Hinch-Trustee (Governance)
Alwyn Oakley-Trustee

JOIN OUR TEAM!

We also have a team of up to 200 fantastic volunteers giving their time for free week in week out. Find out more about volunteering here.
If you’re interested in joining our team of paid staff team, keep an eye on our news page for vacancies!

Get in Touch

If you would like to volunteer for us, or if you would like to refer yourself or a loved one for any of our services, please complete the contact form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Teignmouth Hospital, Mill Lane, Teignmouth TQ14 9BQ