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, a PDA in Childhood Practice 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.
Before working at Dr Bell’s I graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University with a BA in Media and Communications. As well as working at Dr Bell’s, I volunteer at two national charities. I’m a Sub-editor for Student Minds Blog and a Content Creator for Health in Mind. Apart from my volunteering, I have had a hold host of different work experiences, from a Social Media Assistant to a TV Floor Runner at STV.
What do you like about working in the Leith community “Leith is a very welcoming diverse place to be, my favourite thing about Leith is all the different shops and cafes, Leith has some seriously good food! As a Glaswegian, I can’t wait to explore the area more and become a part of this wonderful community.”
What made you want to work at Dr Bell’s “I’m very passionate about kindness and inclusion, which is a big part of Dr Bell’s ethos and values. Dr Bell’s provides support for families and their young children that no one else is doing, like support with mental health, career advice and healthy eating, all important aspects of life. I really wanted to be a part of that.”
An interesting fact/quote “When I’m not at Dr Bell’s or volunteering, you will find me
eating some amazing food, going to concerts and finding any excuse to meet cute dogs!”
I have worked in the charity sector for almost 15 years, specialising in fundraising, project development and programme management. My motivation has always been to help people improve their life chances, opportunities and well-being. Originally from Fife, I studied Modern Languages at the University of Edinburgh, then moved to Glasgow to work as a Fundraiser for an employability and training charity. I gradually moved into development work and after a job change working for local authority in Yorkshire, I was offered a unique opportunity to develop and manage the UK Dolly Parton Imagination Library nationally. This unique role has cemented my passion for the early years and family support.
What do you like about working in the Leith community Leith is such a unique part of Edinburgh with its own rich history, personality and sense of community. I am looking forward to discovering more about the area and getting to know local families through my work at Dr Bell’s.
What made you want to work at Dr Bell’s I enjoy putting ideas and plans into action, and I love a good story! Fundraising is a vital step for telling the story that will hopefully lead to the vision becoming a reality, and I am fully on board with the vision of Dr Bell’s to support and encourage families with young children in Leith.
An interesting fact/quote: “If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain”
~ Dolly Parton.
I love this quote from Dolly! As someone who grew up in poverty with a father who was unable to read, Dolly has proved that financial wealth is no match for the nurturing wealth of a good loving family. I was lucky enough to work for her charity and meet her several times. I have huge admiration for her, especially for her devotion to helping young children develop a love of reading and stories.
Another quote I like is “children are made readers on the laps of their parents”
~ Emilie Buchwald.
Parents are the most influential teachers in the early years and I believe that parents who need support should have that support.
Before joining Dr Bells, I was working within a primary school setting supporting children of all ages and their families. I have worked with children and their families for the last 6 years. I have recently completed my SVQ Level 3 in social services, children, and young people.
What do you like about working in the Leith community? – “Leith is a very diverse part of Edinburgh, It has a good community spirit. I love how busy it is and the opportunities this brings to help and support our families! I can’t wait to get to know the area better!”
What made you want to work at Dr Bell’s? – “I am passionate about being an advocate for children and their families and being a voice for them! The support and services that is offered at Dr Bells is amazing and I knew I had to take the opportunity to be part of this wonderful team. The work the Dr bells team do with children and their families is so important and I look forward to everything that we will achieve! “
An interesting fact/quote: “Play is as necessary to the development of a child as sunshine is to the development of a plant”
~ Orison Swett Marden