About us Staff Our team Staff - enabling participants to achieve purposeful lives We currently employ 12 experienced Work Supporters, who guide and enable participants to reach their potential accessing work-based activities. It is essential that Work Supporters provide light support and guidance throughout the activities while enabling the participants to explore and develop at their own pace. The support staff have a wide range of skills including gardening, sewing, card making, woodworking, electrical part assembly as well as an understanding of autism and learning needs of our participants. Staff support participants to understand what work means and how to be part of the work environment. Volunteers We are very fortunate to have amazing volunteers who support us in a variety of different ways. Volunteers provide office support, gardening, sewing, crafts, IT, governance and work support and have been and are instrumental to our success. Alannah Bayliss - Service Manager I was fortunate to join the ECO Work-Shop team in November 2019. My background is in the education sector in roles such as School Business Manager and Head of HR. I work closely with the Directors, Operations and Project Coordinators to manage the service for our participants. In my spare time I enjoy socialising with family and friends, I am a keen reader and a member of a book club. I also enjoy keeping fit by walking my dog and attending yoga classes. If you have any enquiries relating service, you can contact me via email. Karen Rousell - Projects Coordinator I joined the team as a Project Coordinator October 2018 with many years of personal experience in supporting people with Autism and Learning Difficulties. I have also experience in a professional capacity having worked for Heart of England Mencap in varying roles including setting up and chairing ‘Friends of Heart of England Mencap’ organising a number of fundraising events. Before becoming involved in this sector I worked within Marketing and as an Office Manager for an American Company based in Paris. In my spare time, I am keen to stay fit, regularly attending gym classes and can often be seen running or just walking my new puppy. I am passionate in the belief that everybody has the right to a purposeful fulfilling life and in my role as Project Coordinator will be constantly on the look-out for Work Experience opportunities and different tasks for all our Participants. If you have any enquiries relating to current or new projects, you can contact me via email. Richard J Weaver - Projects Coordinator I joined the team as a Project Coordinator at the same time as Karen and came from a background of environmental conservation and third sector volunteer support. I’ve worked for large volunteer organisations (Keep Wales Tidy, Keep Britain Tidy, BTCV) in support and development roles and have a strong background in practical volunteering and engagement. I job-share with Karen and we utilise our skills and experience base to provide a variety of engaging, work-based activities as well as develop new opportunities and maintain current connections with providers. In my spare time, I enjoy heritage crafts (spoon carving, polelathe turning and blacksmithing) and volunteer for my local Scouts group. I’m passionate about supporting others and creating an environment of inclusivity and freedom. If you have any enquiries relating to current or new projects, you can contact me via email.