Meet our team

 

Amy Watkins Information Support Assistant
Amy Watkins – Information Support Assistant

I help with enquiries about our services. I enjoy that every day is different, and I love our team. Being disabled, I am passionate about giving disabled people the help and support they deserve. I feel that it’s important that disabled people have a voice and that they are given equal opportunity. My biggest obstacles come from being a wheelchair user, but I’ve adapted by staying positive and enjoying life. In my spare time I love going on holiday, listening to music, the cinema, shopping, eating out and being pampered.

Lorraine Willis team member
Lorraine Willis – Information Support Assistant

My role is to help with your enquiries and ensure you get the support we can give. I work with an amazing, caring and driven team. Every day is a pleasure, coming in and knowing I am doing a worthwhile job. In my personal life, I love being with my family. I have a long-standing commitment to the local Riding Club, as I love horses. 

 

Pauline Jones team member
Pauline Jones – Joint Project Manager

Since founding the charity more than 25 years ago my role has included everything from managing the project, casework to bucket collections. The most important part of my job is helping people. I feel very privileged to say that I have enjoyed every single moment of my time at DAP. In my spare time I enjoy going for walks in the countryside and the cinema. 

Jayne Salkeld - Joint Project Manager
Jayne Salkeld – Joint Project Manager

I’ve had a varied career. I’ve been a barmaid, had roles in workplace learning and Higher Education. This role gives the most job satisfaction! Attitudes to illness and disability must change. The system hinges on proving your problems and then puts obstacles in the way. I’m driven to make a difference, whether a kind word and a smile, or helping with a welfare issue. Having suffered with depression and being a carer, I know how vital support services are. It is so rewarding supporting our volunteers to achieve personal and professional goals. If I get any spare time, I enjoy knitting, reading, and meeting friends and family.

Elinor Tugwell - Senior Caseworker
Elinor Tugwell – Senior Caseworker

As a senior caseworker, I deal with our most complex cases and oversee and support our other caseworkers. I’ve been a benefits adviser for more than 10 years and really enjoy my job. DAP gives me the freedom to work with clients for as long as needed, ensuring that our clients get the help that they need. In my spare time, I play netball at Cwmbran Netball Club and help run Caerleon JYFC.

 

Martin Lewis Caseworker
Martin Lewis – Caseworker and Family Champion

My work includes helping clients to fill in forms, work related claims and benefit appeals. I believe in and follow the social model of disability whereby people with impairments are ‘disabled’ by the barriers operating in society that exclude and discriminate against them. These barriers can be removed, minimised, or countered by other forms of support. I enjoy mediating, helping to resolve issues and supporting people to become involved in the local community.

Kate Dixon - Caseworker
Kate Dixon – Welfare Rights Caseworker

As a welfare rights caseworker, I deal with benefit claims, appeals and tribunals. My previous employment, and personal situation, has provided me with the necessary experience and knowledge to ensure that my clients receive the support and financial assistance they are entitled too. I enjoy supporting those who, through personal circumstance, need additional assistance in their daily lives. My ethic, in a ‘nutshell’, is if you’re entitled to it, I’ll make sure you receive it. In my spare time, I like to spend time with my family and enjoy a run to keep fit.

Victoria Marshall caseworker
Victoria Marshall – Caseworker

I advise clients and help them to complete their PIP forms. I had numerous admin and carer roles before joining DAP. I am delighted to be part of the DAP team as I enjoy helping people and want to give something back to the local community. In my spare time I really Zumba classes.

Davina Thomas - Finance, Quality & Performance Officer
Davina Thomas – Finance, Quality & Performance Officer

I look after finance, governance and compliance, having previously enjoyed a career in Banking. Being made redundant from a job I really enjoyed was difficult, but the upside is I can bring my skills and knowledge to DAP. To anyone thinking about volunteering at DAP I would say: “Go for it!”. You learn so much and it’s a very open and friendly environment. In my spare time, I enjoy holidays abroad and learning about different cultures. Closer to home, I enjoy walking. We are blessed to have beautiful countryside around us. I love watching rugby, particularly Wales!

Nicolle Farthing, communications officer
Nicolle Farthing – Social Media & Communications Officer

I work to increase the awareness and understanding of the support provided by the Disability Advice Project. My job is to build our profile, engagement and the positive impact we have for people with disabilities, their carers and families. Please get in touch if you have a story to share or an issue to raise.  

 

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