Hi I'm Craig and I am the Operations Manager. I have worked in Social Care for over 30 years, in various roles and I am a HCPC registered Social Work Manager. My many roles at Community Solutions include managing our beautiful building, Elmfield Hall and over 16 weekly social groups! One of the best things about this job is the people I meet and the difference our work makes in their lives. I am married to Deborah, we have 3 children and 1 grandchild. I am a keen runner, loving nothing better than getting my trainers on and getting in the fresh air. I am a Accrington Stanley fan and love all sport including athletics, cycling and football.
Hi, I'm Deborah. I am the founder of Community Solutions. Having over 25 years' experience in health, social care, community and faith sectors I finally found the ideal job that keeps my interest! I love seeing the positive impact our organisation has on the lives of local people. My job is one of the most varied I have ever had. There is never a dull moment and I am never bored! I am married to Craig and we have three amazing girls and one very cute granddaughter. I relax by reading, going to the gym and walking my Patterdale terrier, Jess.
I'm Teyyibah and I look after the finances at Community Solutions. My job is amazingly flexible and being in a team that care about me and what is going on in my life is brilliant. I love being a part of something that makes a huge difference in people's lives and we are all about people and supporting their needs.
I'm Mary. My role as Office Manager involves supporting the Management Team, managing referrals for support, and overseeing applications for volunteering. I absolutely love my job. It is varied and interesting and no two days are the same. The most rewarding part of my job is meeting the people we work with and being entrusted to make a difference in their lives. By nature, I am a very organised person, but I have a more daring side and have completed two skydives.
Hi, I'm Carl, Data and Evaluation Coordinator. My main role is managing the database systems and producing reports for the management team and funders, along with looking after all the IT elements of the organisation. I originally came to Community Solutions as a volunteer. I volunteered for about 12 months before I was taken on as a full-time member of staff. Since then I've taken a year off, where I spent a few months in Turkey, before rejoining the organisation in my current role. My time at Community Solutions has seen me in various roles and in each of them, I've seen the different ways in which we support people. Watching the positive change in the people who walk through our doors each day is what makes my job worthwhile.
I'm Mark, the Employability Coach at Community Solutions. I work on the Building Better Opportunities (BB0) programme to help people get back into employment, training or volunteering, supporting individuals who are most at risk of exclusion from the labour market. I enjoy this role as we give people a chance to improve their lives and find it really rewarding. I have a BA Hons Degree in Business and have been in adult education and community development for over 20 years.
Hi, I'm Louis and I'm the Employability and Digital Coordinator at Community Solutions. My main role is to support people back into employment, training or volunteering through the Building Better Opportunities (BB0) programme. I also work on various digital projects including our Digital Drop In Clinic and the Digital Befriending scheme to help people improve their digital skills and get online. My role gives me the opportunity to help make a difference in people's lives. I have a wide range of interests and hobbies that have taken me to some amazing places. I have a keen interest in nature and the outdoors, alongside being an avid motorsport enthusiast.
Hi, I'm Maggie and I'm the Projects Manager at Community Solutions. I have worked in environmental, community, and wellbeing projects for many years. My role involves me planning ahead to the future and finding new ways to drive the organisation forward. I'm a spreadsheet queen and spend a lot of time looking at funding opportunities, managing our many projects and generally keeping things on track, I love helping people who are experiencing life change. It's great to be able to see the difference we make to people facing huge challenges. I am married to Paul and have a son, Louis. In my spare time I am renovating an old house. I love the outdoors and am a regular at the gym, but you're just as likely to find me with my nose in a book.
I am Leanne, one of the Volunteer Coordinators at Community Solutions. As part of my role I work with both participants and volunteers to help people get the correct support and move on to live better lives, I also help to coordinate our social groups. What I enjoy most about my job is the satisfaction I get out of seeing a person I have met over several weeks, looking happier and more confident. You know it is with our support and help that they have been able to achieve this. I graduated from University with a BA Hons, having left school without good grades, and in my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband and family.
Hi, I am Jane, one of the Volunteer Coordinators. In my role, I mainly look after our volunteer befrienders and help to match them with participants who would benefit from their support. I also work closely with our crisis support team and on our Support Now projects. I love every minute of my role, I work with a wonderful team who go all out for people, and I like knowing that I have made a difference to someone. I have worked with in my local community for over 14 years as a home help, which I still do part-time alongside my role at Community Solutions. I am married and have two grown-up girls and I once did a sponsored line dance around Ewood Park, the home of Blackburn Rovers!
I'm Richard, the Facilities Coordinator. My previous work was in Social Housing, working in various Local Authorities for 32 years. Prior to this I worked in the building industry as a painter and decorator. I had my own painting and decorating business which I thoroughly enjoyed. I love working at Elmfield Hall, looking after such an old, listed building with such a rich history. I am married with grown up children and 3 grandchildren. I enjoy walking, history and archaeology. I used to enjoy karate and once captained the New Zealand team at the National Championships.
I am Paul. I am the Development Director and a Community Solutions Board Member. An engineer by trade, with operational management experience, I have also spent many years as a leader of a local church. I facilitate the backroom logistics, enpowering our team to help people and fulfil our mission. I am married with three children and am a keen and active grandad! I love classic cars, am an environmentalist and enjoy the outdoors.
I am Elaine and I am a Community Trainer. I write and deliver courses to help individuals to become more self-aware and as a result find strategies and solutions to their lifestyle and health problems. We help people to see a different story about who they can be. Our professional courses help attendees to support the individuals they work with daily. I am a people person and find this work such a privilege. I learn from the learners.
I'm Amanda and I am a Community Trainer at Community Solutions. Every day I am privileged to have the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life, encouraging them and giving them a sense of purpose and value. I have a passion to help abolish modern slavery by delivering a tailored awareness course. I love to sing and I'm in a worship band as a backing vocalist.
I am Liz and I am one of the Catering Coordinators in Mr Gatty's Tea Room. In my spare time I love to swim and I volunteer for Accrington Theatre Group. I love my job as it has lots of variety and I get to meet so many lovely people, from all walks of life, every single day. There is such a great atmosphere in the tea room.
Our volunteers are our biggest asset. Without them we couldn’t do what we do. Volunteering roles fit in with lifestyle commitments and help those involved achieve their full potential. We offer full training, additional course opportunities and regular, ongoing support. Each week we support our local community, positively impacting the lives of the individuals we are privileged to meet. If you’re interested in helping the community, looking for experience to help further your career or wish to increase social opportunities, volunteering is for you.Be a volunteer