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 Crisis Caseworker. 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.
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 Crisis Support Case Worker
I’m the Senior Crisis Caseworker with Access Dorset and I’ve worked here for almost 5 years now. I work 1-2-1 with people with long term mental health and/or physical health conditions, older people and carers in crisis to look at how their lives can be improved. This might range from looking at what benefits they could apply for and supporting them in applying for that, to advocating for them with the local council, health care providers and any other organisation they feel isn’t listening to them. I’m not an expert by any means, but hopefully I’m able to guide and support people to get help from the experts. If I don’t know what can be done, I can usually find someone who does.
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.
Volunteer and Activity Co-ordinator
Belinda is the Activities and Volunteer Co-ordinator at Access Dorset, supporting the wonderful volunteer team and activities such as the Build - Grow - Cook vocational group and cafe.
Belinda has a background in Leisure and Diversional Therapy and in her spare time, she likes to get to the beach as much as she can!