My background is in youth work, working in the South West of the city delivering a variety of youth provisions for 20 years. I trained in early education and childcare working as a nursery nurse in a special school for 7.5 years before becoming an early years team leader at The Yard for 5.5 years. I complete 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 shouldn’t lose our playful spirit. I am also obsessed with my Scottie dog Squeak!”
Danielle is both First Aid and Mental-Health First Trained.
Sally is both First Aid and Mental-Health First Trained.
Volunteer & Engagement Officer
I have a degree in English Literature and have experience in managing events, curating programmes and writing digital content. I have previously worked at The Edinburgh International Film Festival and have co-founded a contemporary arts magazine. At Dr Bell’s, I manage and support volunteers whilst creating all our online communications.
What do you like about working in the Leith community? “I’ve been working at Dr Bell’s for just over a year and have loved getting to know Leith more and more. It is such a vibrant place to work and I’ve met some amazing people. Everyone is so collaborative and willing to get involved in new projects, which I think is brilliant!”
What made you want to work at Dr Bell’s? “It was really important for me that I got involved in working in the community when I moved to Edinburgh. The service Dr Bell’s provides in non-duplicated and I really wanted to get behind a grassroots charity and aid its growth!”
An interesting fact/quote: “I love cooking and hosting dinner parties; making a huge spread of different dishes! After work, you’ll find me drinking lots of coffee and either listening to Kate Bush or at the cinema!”
Molly is Mental-Health First Aid trained.
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.