At Access Dorset we think of everyone as Members of the community we are creating here at The Bridge.
The people who benefit from our projects, our volunteers, our customers, our staff and our trustees are all ‘Members’ of our community – each of equal worth. Beyond that, some Members have additional responsibilities and duties.
Jonathan is the Chief Executive of Access Dorset. Jonathan is accountable to Board of Trustees of Access Dorset. He is responsible for leading the organisation and managing finances and staff - and does so by working closely with the Development Manager and Senior Activities and Volunteer Coordinator. Jonathan is passionate about promoting equality and inclusion and developing new opportunities at The Bridge. Jonathan also manages Access Dorset’s social enterprise, DOTS Disability, and he is a qualified Occupational Therapist.
Jonathan lives with his wife and two children in Southbourne and they love spending time in the garden and going for long walks with their dog, Carley.
I’m Karen and I am the administrator for Access Dorset, which involves various duties, including room hire at The Bridge. I arrange the Trusted Assessor Training courses and also assist with the finances.
I have been with the company for 6 years and since moving to the bridge have seen a lot of positive developments.
In my own time I enjoy socialising with friends and family. I try and do a couple of gym classes a week and enjoy holidays to new places.
Dave Thompson is the Development Manager. That involves strategic planning, sourcing new income streams and managing our money. Dave likes to stay positive and believes that even the most difficult challenges bear the seed of a new opportunity. Outside work he enjoys reading and staying fit.
Senior Activities and Volunteer Coordinator
I am the Senior Volunteer and Activities Coordinator and I'm responsible for managing the Activities program and for making sure our Volunteers have the best possible experience with Access Dorset. I'm assisted by two project workers, who help and support volunteers to deliver our activity program. We also help organise and support people with special events, such as our monthly Friday night social events, monthly Wednesday outings and events and celebrating all those special weeks and events that make us all a part of our community, such as Autism Awareness week, Down's Syndrome week, Royal coronations and funerals and many many other events that we can celebrate together.
In my spare time I like to research people’s family trees, read, cook, garden on my allotment, binge watch Netflix (and other channels), go metal detecting and go for walks with my dogs.