Aspire Wellbeing has a full time operations team supported by a number of part time volunteers and ex-Centre Members. All of our people have provided public service within health and social care for a number of years and have recently made the transition into the private sector with the establishment of the business as a social enterprise.
Keith Edmondson Managing Director
Keith Edmondson heads up the management team at Aspire Wellbeing. He has worked at the centre for a number of years and he has been instrumental in driving the transition of the centre from the public sector into the private sector as a social enterprise.
Keith has been in the social services environment for most of his working life and is dedicated to trying to change the way that society integrates people with disabilities within the local community – to the mutual benefit of all.
Keith was a member of the British Judo team and still maintains his black belt status today. He is a firm believer in the benefits of maintaining good physical health as an
essential part of personal wellbeing. Personal accountability is one of his core principles.
Keith is also an international competition judge for WorldSkills UK and WorldSkills Europe within the Health & Social Care sector.
The competitions test the practical application of competitor knowledge against current industrial benchmarks. The not-for-profit association also provides a platform of motivation and inspiration for competitors to learn, improve and fulfil their potential.
Jenny Daniels Day Opportunities Manager
Jenny has worked in the care sector for about twenty years. She started her career as a care assistant and has worked at many different management levels and learnt many different roles within day centres.
She is committed to making a difference to people’s lives and she likes to see the outcomes of planning and the delivery of care. She is personally motivated by seeing first-hand how the practical implementation of care policies can impact positively on individuals’ lives.
She enjoys life’s challenges and working in a fluid, changing environment. As a mother, fashion designer, community volunteer worker and manager in care, it most certainly is a challenge – and dealing with change is a natural part of her busy lifestyle.
She likes learning and adapting to a changing society and being involved with developing new concepts that enable us to operate a professional Day Opportunities service.
Dean Newlyn Day Opportunities Manager
As well as directly helping service users, Dean also works closely with the management team, overseeing the general running of the centre.
Dean began working in the care sector from a young age by looking after his mother when she became unwell and he helped out caring for the blind. In his early career, he started working with people with learning difficulties, before working full time in a day centre for the elderly, many of whom had dementia.
He has worked in day care for adults with disabilities and/or sensory impairments for about 12 years. He has also completed a short spell working for Social Services as a Case Coordinator.
He enjoys making a difference to people’s lives, helping them to learn how to manage and function better. He likes helping people to become more independent and enjoys the variety that his role offers.
Dean has three grown up children. He is involved in his local church where he helps out in various capacities. He enjoys playing badminton and tennis and one of his hobbies is an interest in electronic gadgets and computers.
Jennifer Brabant Day Opportunities Manager
Jennifer has been a care practitioner for over 27 years. In this time, she has worked within most fields of care, including supporting people with learning disabilities, caring for the elderly, dealing with dementia, and looking after people with challenging behaviours.
Jennifer has worked in day services, residential care homes, outreach teams, community learning disability teams, behavioural units, hospitals and local authority.
Jennifer’s interests outside of work include home improvement, cooking and gardening.
As a mother of a child with learning difficulties, Jennifer takes great pride in providing the kind of public services care that she would want her child to receive at home. She is always trying to raise standards in social care provision with a desire to achieve and
maintain that aim.
Mohamed Yusuf Gym and Rehab Instructor
Mohamed has worked at Aspire Wellbeing for eight years. He doesn’t think there is anything better than the practical approach you get from learning on the job, day in and day out. He sees his role as helping people to realise their true potential – to be strong emotionally, mentally and physically – and to enjoy a growing inner freedom.
He is highly motivated to help disabled people to enjoy their lives more by improving their physical health, dexterity and stamina. He works with members on a day-by-day basis, making steady progress at the right pace for them.
Mohammed is married with a young family, and believes that his career as a carer helps him to be a better father and husband. He is proud that our health gym has recently been awarded one of the highest accreditations possible by the Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI).
Wendy Yates Gym Instructor
Wendy’s primary motivation and ambition in life has been to work with people with disabilities, supporting and enabling them to achieve their goals, to be able to live their lives to the full, and to improve the quality of their lives.
Her passion for this work comes from having a mother who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when she was five years old. Her mother was an inspiration to her, and others, even when she was wheelchair-dependent and had to have both her legs amputated. She still took the view that “there are people worse off than me”.
Wendy left sixth form to undertake a City & Guilds course in practical caring skills. She undertook a voluntary placement at Aspire Wellbeing before successfully applying for a full time role. Twenty five years on, and she is still here – and still loving it as much as when she first joined the team it. She has completed a number of courses and achieved additional qualifications to further develop her skills. These include NVQs in Care (Level 2), Gym Instructor (Level 2) and Exercise & Disability (Level 3).