staff

Meet our staff

All our staff are experienced and well qualified, having worked with people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities for many years.

Helen Hurdman leads an experienced team of nine staff, supported a trained bank of volunteers. Every member of staff has been involved with teaching young adults with learning difficulties/ disabilities.  Everyone has a first aid certificate.

“The staff at Working World all are lovely. They are all really helpful; I have no worries about the staff there. Whenever I go to a function or for another reason they are all very pleasant.”
Suzanne  Mattocks, May 2015

Meet Kelly

Biog picture kellyHi, my name is Kelly. I've been working at working world since September 2009 and I love it. Previous to working here I worked in both residential care and day services for HFT, and also as a registered childminder.

I love the busy working atmosphere at Working World and although each day is never the same, one thing that never changes is the sound of laughter coming from the building.

It's a great place to be a part of. 

Meet Harriet

Harriet staff photoHi my name is Harriet.

I was originally a volunteer whilst studying when Working World opened, running a sports session one afternoon each week.

I am now an employee, supporting clients in a group and on an individual basis. Being a member of staff at Working World is brilliant, no two days are the same.

Meet Kevin

Kevin staff photoHi, my name is Kevin and I am a training assistant. I have been employed here full time for nearly 2 years, before that I volunteered one day a week for 12 months.

I have been married for over 30 years and have 2 children and 3 grandchildren. I left school at 17 and until 3 years ago worked for myself as a Market Trader, operator and wholesaler, a career I enjoyed immensely.

A few years ago I decided I wanted to change from my chosen career and was lucky enough to be involved with Working World and started to volunteer. This led to full time employment and I have to say it has changed my life. It is the most mentally tiring and yet most wonderful and satisfying job I've ever done and no day is ever the same..

Meet Kath

Kath staff photoHi, my name is Kath and I'm 58 years old. I’ve been at Working World since it started, volunteering in the first year and then becoming a member of the staff here. I’ve worked as a Teaching Assistant with special needs young adults (16+) in a learning environment at our local college since 2001. Previously I worked as a nursing assistant at Evesham Community Hospital for over 13 years.

I have done different bits of voluntary work over the years. I helped at Avonvale Playgroup for about 6 years working with special need toddlers. I also helped at the local Gateway Club in Evesham, which is a club for adults with special needs.

I am married with 2 grown up children and 3 grandchildren. I enjoy working with people of all ages. I enjoy reading, cooking being with my family.

Meet Jean

16031501 080Hi my name is Jean.

I have been teaching and coaching swimming in Evesham for over 40 years working at all levels of the sport.

I became involved with swimmers with learning disabilities over 20 years ago working with a group from Evesham College.

When Helen formed Working World she invited me to continue to support the group. I have watched her project flourish and grow into the big success it is today.

It is a privilege to work with these special people and I look forward very much to our weekly sessions.

Meet Mark

markHi my name is Mark.

I studied Information Technology at Evesham College after leaving school and was employed by local company Evesham Technology in the Workshop Department until it's sad closure in 2008..

My contribution to Working World is to keep the website up and running. It is a pleasure to be involved as I have learned new skills. It is also pleasing as it shows current and  potential clients what goes on within Working World.

I enjoy meeting with the clients at many of their various social events and the Tuesday swimming session when I can.

Meet Helen

Helen staff photoHi, I am Helen Hurdman, Manager and founder of Working World. I wanted to provide a meaningful and fulfilling future for vulnerable adults after school leaving age.

I taught and managed programmes for pupils / students with learning disabilities, mental health problems and acquired brain injury clients at Evesham College of further education for almost 20 years. I pioneered new programmes  for these people and taught year 10 and 11 transition pupils from  the local high school.

"Working World is like a family to me."

Sam

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