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 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.
I’ve been doing Youth & Community work for over 10 years all over Edinburgh. I have also worked in Residential care, behavioural support schools and within Children & Families. I have a degree in Community Learning and Development from the University of Dundee.
After graduating I worked in the Sick Kids Hospital as a Senior Development Worker, running a drop in centre and a programme of activities to support children, young people and their families throughout their hospital journey.
What do you like about working in the Leith community? – “Leith is where I first started doing Youth work when I was in high school doing my Initi8 programme and I always knew that I’d love to be back working in Leith. Leith has a great sense of community and is very welcoming. I’m looking forward to providing support to the families in Leith again!”
What made you want to work at Dr Bell’s? – “My personal values align well with Dr Bell’s which is why I knew this was the perfect fit for me! I am passionate about ensuring that children and families have access to opportunities and their voices are heard. The support that Dr Bell’s provides for our families is amazing and I can’t wait to be a part of it!”
An interesting fact/quote: “No one is born fully-formed: it is through self-experience in the world that we become what we are.”
~ Paulo Freire
Darcey is First Aid Trained
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.
I have worked in the hospitality/reception industry for over 12 years. I have a very varied background including managing restaurants, working on reception in legal and dentistry! I enjoy working with people and thrive on helping. I am currently undertaking courses to gain my qualification in counselling.
What do you like about volunteering in the Leith community? “I have lived in Leith since I moved to Edinburgh and I love the sense of family and unity it promotes. It’s a wonderful place to live and it will be great to give something back to that community.”
What made you want to volunteer at Dr Bell’s? “I started off as one of Dr Bells mums! The centre has been a massive source of support and fun over the past year and I am so happy to have an opportunity to be part of the team.”
An interesting fact/quote:
“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”
~ Maya Angelou