Michaela started within care at the lovely age of 18, where she worked as a health care assistant. She then trained as a youth worker for young people in Essex for an outreach project. This career developed into working in projects in Suffolk with the Suffolk County Council and progressed into the position of child protection officer and drug councillor.
Her passion for care led with her studying with Open University in a Health and Social Care Foundation degree, This then lead to Michaela being offered a place with the UEA to study Adult nursing. Michaela worked at James Paget on wards including dementia, stroke, and orthopaedics. She then went into the community with Beccles community nurses.
Never shying from a challenge Michaela then turned her hand to the ambulance service. After a gruelling eight weeks training programme she spent her time driving the "yellow buses" After spending years on the front line helping people at their worst time Michaela decided she wanted to spend more time with her husband and three children. With this in mind Michaela started her own business as a medic, first aid trainer and assessor.
With Michaela's family growing up now came the time where she could concentrate on her own career again, Deben Willow care offered her the position as a supervisor, six months after this she was proud to become the Care Manager for Deben Willow Care. Always wanting to expand her knowledge she is now completing her Level 5 in Health and Social Care.
Business and Development Officer
Lindy came to DWC in 2018 as a part-time administrative assistant. Since being part of the team, Lindy has been involved in many parts of the business, including helping to oversee the rounds and working closely with the care team to ensure rounds are covered.
Lindy has now progressed to Business and Development Officer, this gives her the challenge of all new business, increasing the workload and expanding the business in an effective way. Ensuring that the high quality of care is not sacrificed as the business grows.
Smiling, laughing and making everyone happy is what Lindy loves to do. She has an interest in Mental Health and is training to become our Mental Health first aider. This is something she has a real passion about and wants to reduce the stigma of mental health. Personal development is now something that Lindy is extremely excited to do. She is looking into courses that will help expand her knowledge to ensure the safe and effective growth of the business.
In her spare time, Lindy has three busy children, that are very keen on playing sport. Although Lindy is more of a spectator!
Lindy feels blessed to have a supportive husband, children and friends as well as a fulfilling job.
Finance Business Support and Payroll
Charlotte is the Finance Business Support at Deben Willow Care Ltd and is responsible for invoicing, payroll and maintaining the company accounts.
Charlotte graduated from University with a BA(Hons) in Primary Education and worked as a primary school teacher here in Suffolk for a little while before leaving to join DWC when it began in 2013. During her time here she has undertaken many roles, especially at the beginning when there were just a few in the team. Charlotte is currently undertaking AAT Level 3 training to help her develop more within her role.
When not at work, Charlotte is rarely indoors. She owns a horse and can often be found at the stables, riding around the countryside, or walking her Labrador. She also loves holidaying in the UK with her partner and their horses.
Ali's background is all Healthcare related, she started off her career working at the hospital, then progressed to training and assessing in health and social care which she thoroughly enjoyed as she loves helping others to achieve their goals and ensure they deliver a good standard of care. Ali only left this profession because her dream was to work for the front line ambulance service which again she loved as she enjoyed the variety of the job and helping people in immediate need of support. Ali has now returned to training as this is her main passion. She feels there is nothing better than supporting people to achieve new goals, gain new qualifications and experience which gives them the confidence and knowledge they need to deliver a high standard of care.
Ali is really looking forward to the challenge of developing the training department here at Deben Willow Care which is already of a high standard so she knows that she has her work cut out. She likes a challenge and wants to introduce lots of different training sessions on different areas of care and support for carers to develop their knowledge and skills.
In her spare time she does a lot of walking, She has two very active dogs so they keep her fit, as well as pilates. She loves nature and socialising with my friends and family.
Community Care Assistant
Tony joined us as a care worker, after Covid 19 started. He wanted to be able to provide support to his local community.
Originally from Durban South Africa Tony moved to Suffolk in 1999.
Previous experience includes;
Manager for Gala bingo
Registrar for births, deaths and marriages
Senior Cabin Crew for British Airways
In Tony's spare time, when not travelling the world, he is actively involved as a Theatre producer for a local theatre company.
ILM level 3 Leadership Management
Level 3 Community and Social Care
Certificate in Event Mananagement
Certificate in Aviation Medicine
Certificate in British Inn Keepers
We are so pleased to announce that Tony is going to now become a supervisor at Deben Willow Care.
Community Care Assistant
Bonnie spent 18 years being a stay at home mum to her eight children. After Bonnie's youngest started primary school she worked as a 1:1 LSA in the same school. After 5 years of looking after the same child she moved on and Bonnie decided to as well. She knew that she wanted to be in another job which would fall within the care industry as she had a natural ability to care for and look after people.
She joined DWC who gave her the opportunity to do a job she loves whilst still being able to spend time with her family.
When Bonnie is not at work she enjoys spending time with her children and her new grandson. She has several pets, Molly the dog, Billy and Fluff the chickens, Thomas the rabbit and Charlotte the hamster. Bonnie enjoys the outdoors so loves long walks and when the weather allows, camping holidays.