Mark Kelly | Chief Executive Officer
Mark is a qualified and experienced support worker who has worked with adults with a variety of mild to moderate learning disabilities. He is passionate about what he does and is a firm believer that everyone should receive the same opportunities regardless of age or ability!
Mark is experienced in one-to-one support as well as providing support in group settings. He has organized many successful outings and loves seeing the enjoyment that others get out of experiencing new opportunities. Mark’s aim is to provide a service that is open to all abilities. With a wide range of activities – there will be something to suit everyone! As well as the enjoyment and new friendships that will flourish from social outings; Mark also aims to promote independence and improve self-confidence in a safe and comfortable environment. He loves doing this work and seeing the difference the right support can make is what makes him want to do it more!
Mark really enjoys his role within the team – supporting clients out on activities, as well as being in constant communication, with SEN, Social Service, and other professional organizations. Mark has completed his level 5 in health and social care. Marks’ background is in sports and manual work (as well as having served in the Army!). He loves getting ‘stuck in’ and is a great motivator – encouraging others to actively join in at their own pace. Mark enjoys checking out venues to ensure they are suitable as well as negotiating the best deals to ensure our clients get the most from their outings! Mark is very keen to make a difference to others as well as being passionate about changing attitudes towards disability!
Charlotte has worked with adults and children with learning disabilities for nearly 8 years. Charlotte believes that everyone should have the same opportunities and be able to enjoy activities in a safe environment. Charlotte is very passionate about what she does and helping Socialising Buddies’ clients to enjoy the activities we offer. Charlotte also gets involved and is very hands-on in her work and deals with all the admin sides of Socialising Buddies and safeguarding. Charlotte has an NVQ in Health and Social Level 3 and has an up-to-date DBS, safeguarding, and first aid. When she isn’t working with Socialising Buddies she is busy being a mummy and running her own successful businesses; The Island Dance and Theatre Company where she is also a dance teacher. Class Talent specializes in putting on shows in the West End, Blackpool, and Disney Land Paris.
Greg has worked for many years with adults and children with learning difficulties has started by using music therapy and music workshops to help engage with people with dementia and adults with learning difficulties in the care setting and community. This helped Greg to write his dissertation on the subject and lead to his Degree in Commercial music. Since leaving his degree, Greg moved into the role of a carer joining the Socialising Buddies team 3 years ago and has currently finished his NVQ Level 3 in Health and Social Care. He has attended many courses including Safeguarding, medication, emergency first aid, and is fully DBS checked. Through the just over 3 years that Greg has worked for the company he has gone from strength to strength and built a good relationship with all the staff and clients, he worked hard as a supervisor and was then brought on as a manager to join management and help this company continue to Thrive. Greg is an ex-qualified lifeguard and enjoys action sports and all outdoor activities and is a professional musician, photographer/videographer, and event organizer in his spare time and currently working towards his NVQ Level 5.
Sam Tilbury | Supervisor
Prior to joining the team at Socialising Buddies, I had worked in the retail industry for over a decade. I decided it was past time for a change and couldn’t think of anything more rewarding than joining this great company and endeavoring to make the people who I’m working with, lives easier and hopefully more enjoyable.
In my spare time, I am passionate about music and am an avid guitar player, currently playing as part of the three-piece covers band The Resisters.
Pete Price | Supervisor
Hi, my name is Pete. I am originally from Yorkshire and moved to the island approximately 30 years ago. I am a very chilled and friendly person and very approachable. I have 18 years of experience working at Beaulieu House with Autistic young people and challenging behaviors. I have an NVQ level 3 in Health and social care. I also have been trained in proactive strategies for managing behaviors. I’m fully first aid trained and meds trained too. I have a very wide knowledge and experience with Learning disabilities. My motto is that if I can make someone smile, at the end of the day then I have done my job. I have lots of hobbies and interests. I own a VW campervan and enjoy camping. I love going metal detecting and flying my Drone. I also enjoy history and learning new skills.
Shaneé Fowler | Support Worker
I’m Shaneé and I’m a compassionate, bubbly, born and bred islander. I have a long history in care as I helped care for and support my mum and younger brothers from the age of 12 after my mum became ill.
Since then I have worked in retail, and then in care homes working with people with learning disabilities and mental health conditions. This is where I came to find my passion in helping people and making a positive difference in someone’s life. I find supporting people a huge privilege and am highly motivated in my work.
I have completed my NVQ Level 2 in Health and Social Care and have just begun my Level 3. I gained lots of qualifications in my previous employment and am always keen to further my knowledge.
In my spare time, I enjoy being with my family and friends and making the most of living on this beautiful island. I spend a lot of time down the beach come rain or shine, and going for long walks in the countryside with my 3 children and our dog.
I’m really looking forward to joining the team at Socialising Buddies and making a real difference in our clients’ lives.
Bethany Boakes| Support Worker
I previously worked in hairdressers and barbershops for the last 10 years, cutting hair for children, and those with additional needs.
A busy mum of two, I enjoy cooking, baking, and exploring the island.
I am a very compassionate person and want to help make a difference in people’s lives, I am looking forward to the opportunities Socialising buddies will bring.
I have worked in a nursing home, caring for the elderly for the past 4 years. I enjoy helping people, I have lots of patience and I put my all into whatever I am doing. I am happy to help anyone in need. I have completed my Level 2 NVQ in Health & Social and recently completed my Level 3. I also have a Level 2 Certificate in the principles of dementia care.
I am a caring, friendly and calm person and I have a passion to see every person thrive in whatever they do and whatever their ability, believing you teach each other. I worked for numerous years in an educational setting as a Special Needs/Behavioural Specialist, working with a variety of ages with mild to moderate learning disabilities/special needs. Having experience in one-to-one and group support. I completed extensive amounts of courses and training including Safeguarding during my time working at the School. Also obtained an Honours Degree in Psychology.
I have an up-to-date DBS check and will be doing my NVQ Level 3 in Health and Social Care. In my spare time, I enjoy being out in nature, seeing my family and friends, being creative, and meditating.
I am so excited to be working with Socialising Buddies to make a difference.
I like having a job where I know I am making a real difference in a person’s life. I’m a friendly, compassionate person. I have studied hospitality supervisor & management and customer services, I have a level 2 in Health and social care. I have worked in care homes for over 2 years and have hands-on experience with children with additional needs. I have a clean driving license. In my spare time, I love to bake cakes and spend time with my family and children going on walks, swimming, days, out at the park and beach.
Gemma Derry | Support Worker
40 years old born and bred Islander. I feel caring is in my blood, my mum is my inspiration and has worked with adults with learning disabilities for 25 years. we were brought up being part of her work family. I have now been working with LD for 5-years and have loved every minute of it. I love to make a difference to people to help them live their best life. I have an NVQ 2 in health and social care and I’m just finishing my NVQ 3. I am first aid and meds trained. I’m an ex qualified lifeguard who has an NVQ 2 in hairdressing. I love to learn new things and keep active. In my spare time, I love traveling with my 15-year old son cooking, arts and crafts walking, and going to festivals. I am part of a large family and love spending time with this crazy Bunch. I have a full clean driving license clean DBS. I can’t wait to be part of the S.B team.
Megan Morton | Support Worker
Hi, I’m Megan. I am a friendly, bubbly person who loves to meet new people. I have worked with people with learning difficulties for the past 4 years. I like animals, walking my dog and also enjoy going to the cinema, music and spending time with my friends and family. I am looking forward to becoming a member of Socialising Buddies and meeting the team and clients
Owen Prawl| Support Worker
Hello, my name is Owen Prawl and I’m 22 years old. I’ve previously worked in schools and I have recently moved to the area for a new adventure and new challenge. I’m a Liverpool fan and love playing football. I look forward to getting to know all of you and am excited to be a part of Socialising buddies.
Sadie Gray | Support Worker
I have recently moved back to the Isle of Wight from Somerset.
I have been working as a Transitions Adult Social Care Practitioner for the past 3 1/2 years.
This was a varied and challenging role for young people aged 18-25 with learning difficulties.
Prior to this, I worked 12 years in a special school, where I gained a wealth of knowledge and experience from the learners themselves, and by working closely with other agencies and professionals.
I love to spend time with people and to help them achieve as much as possible independently.
I enjoy being outside, walking and like to keep myself busy.
I am always up for a challenge and do enjoy having a good laugh!
Martin Baldwin | Support Worker
Hiya, My name is Martin, I am fun, a bit silly and I love meeting new people to tell them some terrible jokes. I have recently worked for Beaulieu House for the last 2 years, working with young people with a range of disabilities and challenging behaviors. Although new to care work, I have picked up much experience, and it is something that I have lots of passion for.
I am a huge Liverpool FC fan, love motorbikes, heavy metal music, I have a hedgehog called Reggie and I enjoy looking after my family and friends.
…I will be your social buddy!
Lillie Fettes | Support Worker
Hey, I’m Lillie. I have worked with disabilities since I left college, ranging from children to adults. I have had the privilege to experience medical and physical disabilities, including challenging behavior. I have previously worked at Beaulieu house for 4 years and worked up the local hospital as a bank health care assistant. Thanks to these jobs and my previous experiences I have learned a lot. I have an NVQ in level 3 childcare, a level 2 babysitting award, and pediatric and adult first aid.
I also help out with enchanted Isle as a party host and have had some experience doing direct payments with individuals with disabilities.
People would describe me as an animal-mad, bubbly personality and someone who loves to have fun, who also loves adventures and walks. I love listening to all types of music and dancing. I used to do Irish dancing for years. Dancing has always been a passion of mine.
I have two African pygmy hedgehogs called Daphnie and Reggie.
I am looking forward to joining socialising buddies and meeting you all
Devon Barker | Support Worker
Hi, I’m Devon! Over the years I have picked up lots of experience working with children and adults with learning disabilities and mental health. I have lived and worked in Australia and Cyprus and I am more than happy to talk about my experiences. I’m a happy, bubbly, hard-working, and patient person who loves adventures. I have a 4-year-old daughter is keeps me on my toes. I’m looking forward to joining the team and meeting everyone.
Carl Botfield | Support Worker
Hi, I’m Carl and I’m excited to be here at SB. I have always wanted to work in social care and help make a difference in people’s lives. In my spare time, I love computer games, retro and new, and can never turn down a fishing trip.
Nicki Nixon | Support Worker
Hi, I am Nicki. I have lots of experience working with children and adults with Learning Difficulties as well as mental health problems. I really enjoy my job as I love meeting new people, taking them to new places, and doing a job I am passionate about. I have a level 3 in Leadership and Management and I am starting Level 3 in Health and Social Care shortly. I’m my spare time I love doing things with my large family including musical theatre trips and outings out.
Linda Smith | Admin / Emergency Respite
Linda has many years of experience working with adults and children with learning difficulties. She is a fully qualified dance teacher and licensed chaperone. As well as working for SB she has three successful businesses, Dancing with a difference, Class talent, and the Island Dance & Theatre Company.
Stephanie Smith | Admin / Emergency Respite
Steph has many years of experience working with adults and children with learning difficulties. She is an emergency respite for the company and creates all the uniforms for the staff through her company, Class Print. In her spare time, she is a dance tutor for the Island Dance and Theatre Company.