Meet the Team
Our charity’s work would not be possible without the support of a team of dedicated volunteers who give their time and energy to support us. Thank you to you all.
Kay has nearly 35 years’ experience working in the voluntary sector, and has been Executive Manager at Walthew House since 2006. Kay is also a volunteer puppy walker with Guide Dogs and has walked nine puppies so far. The photo shows Kay with Guide Dog Max, as a tiny puppy.
Rachel has been the Office Manager at Walthew House for the last 13 years. She is part of the team who look after the day to day running of the office, activities and room hire. She also deals with the finances, accounts and payroll. The photo shows Rachel wearing a green shirt, working on the door at our last Volunteers party & quiz night.
Information Officer & British Sign Language Interpreter
Teresa has been with us for 13 years. Teresa is our Information Officer providing information in accessible formats and provides informal advocacy for the Deaf Community. She works really hard encouraging organisations to support the needs of people with a sensory loss.
Elizabeth (Iz) is our fundraiser and has been at Walthew House since January 2021. Elizabeth organises a wide range of fundraising events from auctions and fairs to supermarket collections and Santa float collections. Elizabeth manages grants and trusts fundraising as well as our corporate partner relationships. If you are interested in knowing more please visit our Fundraising Page.
Naomi is our Development Officer and has been at Walthew House since March 2019. Naomi leads the project ‘Making More Happen’ and is responsible for many of the trips and workshops you see happening including Tech Group and Tech 1-2-1 as well as Walking Group and WalkMyWay. For all project news, activities and up and coming events please check out the Making More Happen page.
Youth Club Leader
June Battye is our Youth Club Leader and has been with Walthew House for 10 years. June leads our Youth Club for children with a sensory loss aged 5 – 14. June plans everything from art and crafts to games, theatre and park trips out as well as our annual residential weekend away and much more.
Specialist Sight Loss Counsellor
Lynda has been counselling Walthew clients since 2010 and really enjoys what she does. Counselling usually takes an hour a week and lasts for as many weeks as needed, this is generally around 10 – 12 weeks. The way that counselling helps you to feel better is a combination of sharing your worries and fears in confidence and gradually finding your own solutions to the difficulties in your life. Or, it’s just magic, the magic of our innate strength to overcome obstacles and to find joy in life.
Specialist Sight Loss Counsellor
Chris believes it is vital that we all have a safe place to talk about the issues facing us. A client once said “this is the first time I have been listened to.” Counselling can offer us an objective, non-judgemental and confidential place to explore what is troubling us. Remember you are not alone, counselling can and does change lives.
Chris recently created an easily accessible self-help book that helps identify anxiety, keeps you safe and offers strategies to work with your anxiety. Copies can be obtained directly from Walthew House.
Information Support Officer
Karen is our newest member of staff although has been volunteering for us for quite some time. As our Information Support Officer Karen supports our Information Service as well as being placed at a local hospital supporting people newly diagnosed with an eye condition. Karen gives information and support regarding daily life, family and independent living.