Karina Ross, Programme Manager
Karina is local to Helmsdale and was brought up in the village, only leaving at the age of 17 to be able to study BA (Hons) Business Studies at University in Aberdeen. Having lived and worked in Inverness for the past 10 years, Karina decided to return to East Sutherland in the summer of 2016 and is delighted to be working back in her ‘hometown’. Karina started working with DFC in October 2016 and is responsible for the day to day running of the DFC projects and for managing all the staff involved in the various projects.
Sarah Kerr, Communications Manager
Sarah is originally from the Isle of Wight and has a HND in Video Production and BA(Hons) in Media Writing. She began working for the dementia cause in 2008 when she joined Alzheimer’s Disease International in London. After some chance meetings with Ann Pascoe and a move to the Highlands in 2013, she became a part of the DFC team.
Mary-Anne Ross, Finance Manager
Mary-Anne joined DFC as Office Manager in 2015. She also works at Helmsdale Primary School and as a mobile hairdresser. She grew up in Edinburgh, but moved north with her family when she was young, and now lives in Helmsdale.
Anne Rutt, Office Administrator and Art ‘n Blether tutor
Anne is our Office Administrator and joined DFC in April 2017 providing administration for all of our DFC projects. Anne also runs our Art ‘n Blether classes. Originally from Calverton in Nottinghamshire, Anne now lives in Helmsdale and is a landscape artist.
Wendy Simmonds, Project Lead for Helmsdale Village Hub
Wendy is originally from Nairn and was a retail manageress before moving to Brora. She has an SVQ3 in Health and Social Care and has previously volunteered as an adult literacy tutor and for HUGS Action for Mental Health. Wendy has also enjoyed tutoring creative writing classes at community learning centres. Wendy lives with her husband Stuart and their two dogs, Max and Holly. In her spare time she enjoys Tai Chi, dog walking, writing and singing.
Jeannie Sparling, Relief Support Worker
Jeannie has lived all her life in Sutherland. She is interested in the history and heritage of the area, and is very supportive of the encouragement of the Gaelic language and culture. Jeannie has used the training and experience of her career in customer services as the basis for working in social care. She really enjoys listening to older people, hearing of the richness of their lives, and encouraging them to take part. Jeannie volunteers in many community activities and she takes great pleasure in linking older people into these, ensuring that they continue to do the things they’ve enjoyed in the past, and perhaps become involved in something new. Building on her mother’s cooking, Jeannie is an enthusiastic cook and baker, both at home and when she can fit it in, at a nearby shooting lodge. She loves the reaction of guests to good home cooking.
Sue Honey, Support Worker
Sue is one of our Support Workers in the Helmsdale Village Hub.
Eden Taylor, Support Worker
Eden is one of our Support Workers in the Helmsdale Village Hub.
Michelle Johnston, Cook – Dinner To Your Door
Michelle is local to Helmsdale, having lived in the village for most of her life. Michelle initially started with DFC as our Delivery Driver but moved to the role of Dinner To Your Door Cook when the vacancy became available in October 2017. Michelle is an excellent home cook who also enjoys baking.
Margaret Bashir, Assistant Cook – Dinner To Your Door
Margaret helps Michelle in our Dinner To Your Door kitchen and also provides cover as cook when required.
Kareen Mcconnach, Delivery Driver – Dinner To Your Door
Kareen joined the DFC team in May 2018 as our Delivery Driver. Fiona’s role is to take our freshly cooked Dinner To Your Door meals directly to people at their homes and places of work.