Meet our new staff members!
It has been a busy few months here at Leeds Mencap. We are well and truly back up and running after Covid-19 and are delighted to have expanded our team. Here are our brilliant new team members:
Ruth Watson- Family Services Case Worker
Ruth joined Leeds Mencap in June 2021. She has previously worked as an early years teacher in primary schools and nursery settings across the city. Her role as the Family Services Caseworker is to provide support and advice for families with children aged 0-5 years old with learning disabilities and additional needs. In her spare time Ruth enjoys outdoor swimming and taking part in triathlons, as well as spending time with her family.
Abi Hart- Fundraising and Communications Officer
Abi joined Leeds Mencap in July 2021 having graduated from the University of Leeds with a first class degree in psychology which included a year in industry as a researcher and fundraiser for a local community interest company. Her role as the Fundraising and Communications Officer is to build and nurture relationships with individuals, community groups and corporate contacts in order to raise vital funds for the charity. In her spare time Abi enjoys going to the gym and spending time with her friends.
Curtis Howson- Family Support Worker
Curtis joined Leeds Mencap in September 2021 having completed both a Bachelor of Arts in Education Studies and a Masters of Arts in Family Support at Leeds Trinity University. His role as a family support worker is to be on hand to provide families with information, advice and support when they need it. When he is not working, Curtis enjoys cooking and baking as they give him the freedom to be creative and try new things. He also enjoys playing video games, late night drives and going on walks with his partner.
Sophie Baddeley- Family Support Worker
Along with Curtis, Sophie joined Leeds Mencap in September 2021. Sophie moved from Lincolnshire to Leeds to pursue a degree in Maths and Philosophy. In her role as a Family Support Worker she is involved with setting up and organising the the SEND toy and learning library. In addition to working for Leeds Mencap, she assists another local charity on the weekends, running physiotherapy sessions for children with learning disabilities. In her spare time she loves to embroider, sew and crochet and can often be found wearing her own homemade clothes.