Our Team



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. 



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



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

Daisy Paediatric First Aid trained.

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The Childcare Team

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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 currently studying for 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, Paediatric and Mental Health First Aid trained.




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 Paediatric First Aid trained.



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 Paediatric First Aid trained.




I graduated from Edinburgh College with a HNC in Childhood Practice in 2019. Throughout my time at college I did placements at both public and private nurseries and also babysit for family and friends in my free time.

What do you like about working in the Leith community? “What I have seen and know of the Leith community is how accepting of everyone it is. Supporting each other within the community and feeling like you have someone to turn to if you are in need. Everyone is welcome here and I think that’s fantastic.”

What made you want to work at Dr Bell’s? “Dr Bell’s Message of inclusion is the main reason I wanted to work here. Everyone at Dr Bell’s is doing the absolute most to help as many families as possible, regardless of their background, to make them feel supported and accepted and I am thankful to be a part of a team with such strong values.”

An interesting fact/quote: “Every child has a different learning style. Each child is unique, not only capable of learning but also capable of succeeding” – Robert John Meehan 

Amanda is Paediatric First Aid trained.

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The Paw Team


Dr Bell's mascot & office dog

I am a 9 year old Scottie who has lived in Edinburgh with my owner Danielle for the last 5 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. Sometimes when the children are unsettled I go over to the door and it helps the children to calm down as they want to talk to me. 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! Narinder always have the best snacks, I stare at her until she succumbs to my charms. The healthy cooking group is great because they always have my favourite healthy treats”