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 ten puppies so far. The photo shows Kay with Guide Dog Max, as a tiny puppy.
Rachel has been the Business 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.
Naomi started with us as a volunteer for our Youth Club back in 2018 and in 2019 was employed as our Development Officer. Naomi lead the project ‘Making More Happen’ and was responsible for many of the trips, workshops and groups. Naomi has now moved on to become our Operations Manager and manages our Hospital Information Service, our Youth Service and is involved regularly with Sector3 and VCFSE Cross Sector Forums with the council and other organisations. Naomi also provides information and support to our Deaf service users. Naomi is currently studying BSL Level 6.
George is our Operations Assistant and our newest member of staff. George will be working closely with our Operations Manager, Naomi, to manage all groups, activities, events, trips and workshops as well as delivering our Information Service to people with a sight 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.
Sandra joined us in January 2021 to assist in the day to day running of admin tasks. Providing a warm friendly smile to all service users and helping to answer the telephone and dealing with face to face and written enquiries. Sandra also deals with finances, room hire, diary coordination and the Resource Centre.
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.
Hospital Information Officer
Karen started with us as a volunteer and is now our Hospital Information Officer. Karen is placed at a local hospital supporting people newly diagnosed with an eye condition as well as supporting our information service. Karen gives information and support regarding daily life, family and independent living.
Youth Club Co-ordinator
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.
Youth Development Worker
Vinny is a familiar face with the services users at Walthew House. He has supported us through volunteering and has been involved in many other things over the years. Vinny is now our Youth Development Worker in our Youth Club.
Vinny is responsible for mentoring, coaching and supporting individuals, encouraging young people to develop their self-awareness, independence and individuality. He works closely with our Development Officer focusing on creating and supporting wider support for families with sensory loss.
He comes with a wealth of skills and experience including training in Climbing, Caving, Orienteering, Canoeing and Kayaking Coaching, Archery and Summer Mountaineering.