Who We Are

Find out more about Care Home Volunteers

Volunteers represent a largely untapped resource that can hugely benefit the quality of life for older people in care homes. Through research, Care Home Volunteers has identified the challenges that care homes currently face in making the most of this precious asset.

And at the same time, we’ve identified the key components that will help provide care homes with volunteers so that they can deliver the fun, joy and stimulation that is sometimes missing for residents.

Meet the Team

Kate Brookes
Salisbury Coordinator
Kate has worked in the charity sector for many years and has a strong interest in volunteering. Having moved to Salisbury in 2003 she spent seven years as Chief Executive of the Citizens Advice Bureau, overseeing a large team of volunteers, before moving to a part-time role at Dorothy House Hospice Care. She is a volunteer with the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme and is a school Governor. Kate is passionate about the unique role volunteers can play in health and social care settings and the value this brings to everyone involved.
Carrie Wierszycki
Chippenham Coordinator
Carrie originally trained and worked in London firstly as a Registered General Nurse, eventually becoming Senior Sister in a Cardiac Unit, and then working for Southwark Social Services as a Manager of a Residential Care Home. In 2003 Carrie joined Carer Support Wiltshire and then Swindon Carers Centre. Carrie has lived in Chippenham for over 20 years and is pleased to be back working in her local community. She find's it rewarding to work for organisations that strive to achieve the best for people and is excited to be joining Care Home Volunteers and, with the volunteers, playing a part in enriching the lives of care home residents.
Jeni Burchell
Swindon Coordinator
Jeni started her working life by training as a nurse both in a hospital and in the community. Over the past 20 years Jeni has worked as a CEO/senior manager in three charities including Mediationplus and Carers Support. Throughout her career, Jeni have always recognised and supported the huge contribution and difference that volunteers make, not only to the organisations that she has worked in, but the charitable sector as a whole; many charities simply would not operate at all without the commitment and support of volunteers. Jeni is really pleased to be working with the Care Home Volunteers team in developing this new, exciting and much needed service.
Amanda Noble
Adviser/Trainer
Amanda is an accomplished Consultant/Trainer in Adult Social Care, with expertise in service development. Responsible for the recruitment, training and ongoing support of volunteers, Amanda is committed to promoting the wellbeing of older people. Amanda is a registered nurse, with extensive operational and management experience within the independent sector, regulation and the NHS. Her leadership skills and ability to deliver have been recognised throughout her career. Amanda continues to provide training/consultancy for providers, local authorities and care associations. Motivated to make a positive difference for people using services, Amanda remains committed to supporting excellence in care.
Steve Cousins
Adviser
Steve is an ex care home manager and an experienced CQC inspector. He lives in Chippenham and is our local representative in the town. He assists in the recruitment, training and support for our volunteers.

Trustees

Norman Edwards
Trustee & Chair
Norman is Chair and a founding member of Care Home Volunteers. His background is in education and he has been a teacher, education consultant and a chair of governors. Both his parents and other family members have been in residential care. Norman believes that volunteers can bring happiness and friendship to older people in care, and complement the kindness and compassion that care home staff provide for their residents.
Catherine Westcott
Trustee
Catherine has worked as a legal secretary, a research team assistant for Amnesty International and for AgeUK as an Expert by Experience in care homes. Catherine cared for her mother for five years at home and then volunteered for a further five years in the care home where her mother then lived. Catherine sat on the NHS Confederation’s ‘Commission for Dignity in Care’ in 2011 and is now involved in recruiting volunteers for care homes and local charities in Bristol, along with running her Facebook Group ‘BS3 Helping Others’. Catherine is passionate about the quality of life for older people in care homes.
Christopher Arnold
Trustee
Christopher is Treasurer of Care Home Volunteers. Now retired, his career was in education becoming Headteacher of a comprehensive school and then a Schools Inspector and teacher trainer. Both Christopher’s mother and mother in law were in residential care and he is aware that despite good care, many other residents were lonely and unfulfilled. He has seen the enormous difference that a chat or simple act of kindness could make to people who have led significant and interesting lives whatever their background or experience.
Christine Arnold
Trustee
Christine, now retired, formerly worked as a nurse and then as a Health Visitor. Christine believes that trained, committed volunteers can help make life worth living by sustaining the connections and joys that matter to the residents. From her experiences of her own mother in a care home, and getting to know other residents, their families and carers, Christine has seen how the good and safe care provided by care homes can be enhanced by befrienders, and can add meaning to the lives of residents.
Keith Trowbridge
Trustee
Keith is the proprietor of an award-winning nursing home, recently judged outstanding by CQC. He has long experience in the care sector and has general, mental and psychiatric nursing qualifications. He also is the managing director of three companies that provide home care, nursing services and training. Keith adds a clear business sense and direction to our organisation as well as provides the voice of care home managers in our work.
Alison Radevsky
Trustee
A voluntary sector professional with over thirty years’ experience in a range of strategy and marketing functions, Alison has worked and volunteered in many local and national charities, as manager, director, trustee or consultant. Currently, she is a trustee and chair of grants policy at the Wiltshire Community Foundation, provides governance and strategy support to charities through the Cranfield Trust, conducts grant assessment visits for the Henry Smith charity, fundraises for Julia's House Children's Hospice and runs monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for isolated elderly guests through Contact the Elderly. In addition to her volunteering, Alison works as a consultant and facilitator for The Webusability Partnership, and as a qualitative interviewer and analyst for several research and evaluation companies.
Helen Mohan
Trustee
Having both volunteered in care homes and worked as Visiting Volunteer Coordinator for the St Monica Trust, Helen strongly believes in the unique ability volunteers have to impact a resident’s wellbeing. She has developed the reach and quality of befriending schemes to over 100 individually matched and managed weekly volunteer visits in specialist dementia nursing, general needs nursing and retirement communities. Helen knows both the rewarding and positive impact volunteers have in care homes as well as the challenges organisations have in attracting and enabling volunteers to engage effectively with residents. Helen draws on her 30+ years professional experience in large corporations and SMEs delivering business services and organisation & leadership development, and continues to consult with senior business leaders and charitable organisations.
Margot Clarke
Trustee
Margot Clarke Margot joined Home Care Volunteers as a trustee in June 2018. Margot has extensive experience of working in and alongside a wide variety of organisations in the public, private and charity sectors. With knowledge of health, social services and other sectors, her professional and business roles have focused on community development, communication, volunteer management, training and fundraising at local, regional and national levels. Margot is passionate about the transforming benefits and contribution that volunteers and volunteering can make within an organisation and to the lives of individuals. She’s delighted to help Care Home Volunteers with its strategic direction and development to help make sure the charity has the means and resources to deliver its much-needed services to support care homes in their work, and provide vital companionship and friendship for as many residents as possible in care homes. Running alongside other work, Margot recently founded and runs a website business that promotes visiting and staying in the Cotswolds.
Rachel Davis
Trustee
Rachel is a financial services professional with ten years marketing experience for a leading global insurance company. She is also a Dementia Friends Champion and the Vulnerable Customer Champion for her organisation which has involved working with charity partners including the Alzheimer’s Society. Rachel brings a passion for improving the lives of vulnerable people in our communities as well as a creative marketing brain, strong communication skills and commercial acumen.
Paula Marriott
Trustee

Paula is a qualified accountant with a background in the commercial sector. She has used her financial, strategic and analytical skills to manage businesses and devise and implement viable business plans. Much of her career has been spent with KPMG. She is interested in supporting charitable organisations to fulfil their objectives in a financially viable way. She is particular keen to contribute to improving the lives of the vulnerable, both young and old.

Heather Alleyne
Trustee

Heather started her working life in education and then within the voluntary sector before qualifying as a social worker. Her most recent post was Head of Service for Adult Safeguarding and Quality Assurance for a local authority. Heather brings a knowledge of safeguarding and the legal framework surrounding it, together with a good understanding of risk assessment and the Mental Capacity Act.

Heather has visited many nursing and residential care homes and brings an understanding of the needs of vulnerable residents and the importance of maintaining interests and links with the outside community for an improved quality of life. It is for this reason that she is delighted to be a trustee of the Care Home Volunteers.