Our Team

Danielle Campbell

Centre Manager

My background is in youth work primarily, working in the South West of the city delivering a variety of youth provisions for over 20 years. I trained in early education and childcare, working as a nursery nurse in a special school for over 7 years before becoming an early years team leader at The Yard, working with children and young people with disabilities for over 5 years. I have also completed my BA in Youth Work as well as becoming a tutor in Signalong.

What do you like about working in the Leith community? – “Leith is a hub of activity and full of wonderful people and shops. I love my walk to work every morning and the opportunity to meet with so many agencies doing fantastic work for the Leith Community.”

What made you want to work at Dr Bell’s? – “I am extremely passionate about inclusion and making sure everyone’s voices are heard and Dr Bell’s ethos and values align with mine, a perfect fit. I hope with the support of the fantastic team, board and families we can continue to watch Dr Bells grow and develop in the years to come. I want to make sure that people know we are here and shout from the roof tops that we are a valuable asset to the Leith community.”

An interesting fact/quote: “I love messy play, the messier the better. Play is important whether you are young or old. As adults, we should never lose our playful spirit. 

Danielle is both First Aid and Mental-Health First Aid  Trained. 

Sally
Findlay

Development worker

My background is mixed and varied, amongst other things, I’ve been a decorator, an antique furniture restorer, and a junk shop owner before building a career as a chef. I’d been a head chef for a number of years when I had my son and decided it wasn’t a great career for a new mum. I went on to gain a first-class degree in nutrition and while studying volunteered in Leith supporting people struggling due to food poverty. After my degree, I worked as a research assistant in Nutrition at Queen Margaret University as well as working with disadvantaged groups across the city in Health and Wellbeing.

I have either lived or worked in Leith for over 30 years and have always been in love with it. It’s is the most culturally diverse and creative community I have come across in Scotland and there are always new people to meet or something new to see to keep you inspired. Anyone can make Leith their home and fit in. It is also home to the best cafes, restaurants , and bars in the city.

After spending eight years supporting people who were struggling with life in their adult years, I came to realise that early intervention is paramount if we humans are able to grow, learn and develop happy and healthy lives. Positive and secure attachment in the early years is associated with greater resilience helping us to overcome whatever hardships we are dealt with. Moving into early years work was exactly where I wanted to take my career so I jumped at the opportunity to work with Dr Bell’s.   

I ran away with the circus in my late teens. When I say circus, there were no animals involved besides the pets that travelled with us. We build robots and crazy looking cars and motorbikes for our performances. Also, I ate fire! 

Sally is both First Aid and Mental-Health First Aid Trained.

Engagement Officer... coming soon

Debs
Hahn

FuNdraising
Officer

Debs has a PGDip in Community Education and a strong foundation working directly with communities, as a group worker in Edinburgh and Glasgow, for 3 years in the disability sector and 2 years as a development worker at a youth centre. She has done this alongside freelance fundraising and believes a good understanding of communities needs is key to explaining why projects need to be funded. Debs also manages a small community-based music and arts festival.

What do you like about working in the Leith community  “Leith has been my home since I moved to Edinburgh 6 years ago. It’s been a brilliant place to live and I feel I owe it my time and energy. It’s such an exciting place to be with such a mix of people from different backgrounds – I like that there is always something happening, you never know what’s around the corner, or who you will meet. There is a real sense of community and identity in Leith – Leithers are great folk!”

What made you want to work at Dr Bell’s: “Dr Bell’s provides support for families with young children in Leith which no-one else is doing, that’s really important and I wanted to be part of that. It’s amazing how Dr Bell’s has adapted to what’s going on just now as well. It’s a really friendly, welcoming environment for staff as well as for families, which has made me feel right at home.”

An interesting fact/quote: “I once cycled from Edinburgh to Bristol to see my mum. It was a 500-mile journey and took a week – luckily she had dinner waiting on the table when I got there!”

Debs is First Aid trained. 

Sarah Hutton

Receptionist

Before working at Dr Bell’s I graduated from the University of Aberdeen with an MA degree in Politics and International Relations, where I had the opportunity to study abroad in Philadelphia, USA. I’ve previously worked in retail, as a box office assistant, and as a barmaid, but am now very excited to take on the role of receptionist.

What do you like about working in the Leith community  “My favourite thing about Leith is how culturally diverse it is, with so many different cafes, shops, and restaurants. I’m excited to explore the area and become part of the local community.”

What made you want to work at Dr Bell’s: “It is important for me to be in an environment where there are strong values, and Dr Bell’s has an ethos of compassion and respect for all the families who come to us for support. It is fulfilling being part of an organisation that makes a real difference to the community by offering a unique service.”

An interesting fact/quote: “When I’m not at the centre you’ll find me at the gym, painting, or trying to teach myself a new recipe.”

The Childcare Team

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Megan Henry

Childcare Manager

I have worked in childcare for 10 years now. I have an SVQ3 in Children’s Learning, development and care. I worked as a nursery practitioner up until receiving my HNC in Social Services. I am about to undergo 3 years of study to gain my Level 9 PDA in Childhood Practice.

What do you like about working in the Leith community? “The Leith Community is like nothing I have experienced around the rest of the city. The camaraderie and sense of togetherness is really great. It’s a wonderful experience to be a part of it through my work with Dr Bells.”

What made you want to work at Dr Bell’s? “I love working with children and had been craving for the opportunity to expand the support I could offer to the whole family so when the chance came up to work with Dr Bells I jumped at it! The support that is offered to parents, and the love and care given to all our children is just amazing. I feel so lucky to be part of this incredible team. As Dr Bells continues to grow and adapt, we are going from strength to strength and carrying out invaluable work with as many families around Leith as we can.”

An interesting fact/quote: “For a small child there is no division between playing and learning; between the things he or she does ‘just for fun’ and things that are ‘educational.’ The child learns while living and any part of living that is enjoyable is also play.”

 ~ Penelope Leach

Megan is  First Aid trained.

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Narinder Singh

Childcare practitioner

I am an married woman with 3 sons,1 daughter and 3 daughter in laws. When I got married I moved to Belfast, Ireland for 19 years before I decided to return to Edinburgh. I have 4 grandchildren and 2 on the way. I am from a Sikh background and I was born in Birmingham and then my parents decided to move back to Edinburgh. Ever since then I have been a proud Edinburgh resident. My first work experience was going with my dad to his shop. I really enjoyed working with my dad as we used to have a lot of fun and jokes. I have worked with children for over 13 years and I have now qualified as a Childcare Practitioner (Level 3).

What do you like about working in the Leith community? “Working in Leith has been great and I totally love my job as I get to see new faces every day. The Leith community provides a lot of help to different parents, no matter what race or background. The community provides a variety of workshops and activities for new and experienced parents and also the team at Dr Bell’s offers a friendly environment.”

What made you want to work at Dr Bell’s? “When Dr Bell’s was first introduced to me I became a volunteer. After some time a part time job opportunity became available and I applied for it. This was my first ever interview and I got a phone call within a few hours that I was selected for the job. Ever since then I have been a part of their team.”

An interesting fact/quote: “An interesting fact about myself is that I can cook every Indian recipe in the book and also regularly cook for 100’s of people. During lockdown I prepared and donated food for the NHS, I was extremely proud of this and they loved it.”

Narinder is  First Aid trained.

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Geeta
Singh

ChiLdcare
practitionER

I have been working in childcare for 14 years. I have studies SVQ level 2 and 3 in Child Development 0-16 years old. I have worked in after school clubs and public/private nurseries. I also did a 6 month placement as a learning assistant at Leith Walk Primary.

What do you like about working in the Leith community? “I really enjoy working in the Leith community because it’s very diverse. There is people who come from different backgrounds & cultures that come to our crèche, making it an inclusive environment to work in.”

What made you want to work at Dr Bell’s? “I wanted to work at Dr Bell’s Family Centre because I love the message behind Dr Bell’s, which is supporting families that come from any background, making them feel that they are coming to a safe, non-judgmental environment.  I love working with children because I like to support them in their needs and development. To see them flourish with my support is the great thing about my job. I strive to do my best to help families to feel supported and welcomed.”

An interesting fact/quote: “Our task is to help children communicate with the world using all their potential, strengths and languages, and to overcome any obstacle presented by our culture”.

~ Loris Malaguzzi

Geeta is  First Aid trained.

Nicola Crombie-Dawson

Childcare Practitioner

After my son was born I decided it was time for a new challenge and I started running my own messy play sessions for children under 5 and their grown ups in Leith. Choosing to go to college full time and retrain in Early Education seemed the logical next step in my career and I found I was really passionate about creating play opportunities for children. After graduation I chose to work with children with disabilities for 3 years and loved the challenge of learning new skills and supporting their holistic development. After my daughter was born in 2018, I ran an afterschool/weekend club for children with disabilities for my previous organisation before joining the Dr Bell’s team in 2020.

What do you like about working in the Leith community? “I love how ethnically and culturally diverse Leith is. It was the place I chose to call home for many years after leaving my childhood home in East Lothian. I feel Leith has a real neighbour feel to it – from the professional services offered to the local community, everybody works together to support each other.”

What made you want to work at Dr Bell’s? “During my college course in 2015 I was on placement in the Creche at Dr Bells and I loved it! There is something special about the centre, everybody is really passionate about their work and nowhere else compares to support we offer.”

An interesting fact/quote: “If you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely” ~ Roald Dahl (The Twits).

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Amanda Reid

Trainee
ChiLdcare
practitionER

Lizzie Farnham

SESSIONAL
ChiLdcare
practitionER

The Paw Team

Squeak

Danielle's bonnie lass& office dog

I am a 9 year old Scottie who has lived in Edinburgh with my owner Danielle for the last 4 years.

What do you like about working in the Leith community? “I like seeing all the people, meeting lots of different dogs and all the cool food places nearby, Bross Bagels is my favourite!”

What made you want to work at Dr Bell’s? “Being the office dog has been my ambition and Dr Bells is amazing, I love seeing the children laugh and shout at me to say hello. The people are really kind in Dr Bells and everyone takes time to say hello, give my ear a scratch or belly a rub and sometimes I even get treats!”

An interesting fact/quote:  “I love fruit & vegetables! Molly & Narinder always have the best snacks, I stare at them until they succumbs to my charms. The healthy cooking group is great because they always have my favourite healthy treats”

The 'Gangster Kittens'

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Ada

Deb's step-dog