Martina is the newest member of staff she is part time admin support but also has responsibility for assisting service users maintain and run the charity shop. When she's not busy with that she covers for Larry in the garden centre 2 days per week. Martina has a one year contract with us which is funded by Santander.




Margarida located here from her native Portugal 11 years ago and has been working for Willowbank for 10 years. Margarida started with us as a cleaner but has progressed to becoming a support worker, her proudest achievement was undertaking training in chair based activity which she now delivers to service users. Margarida is very proud of this and her class is very popular. We have two gentlemen from East Timore and it is lovely for them to be able to converse in Portuguese with Margarida, who also helps the staff to learn some easy phrases so we can communicate more effectively with them.



My name is Sinead Grant and I am a support worker for Willowbank. I enjoy working with our members assisting them to develop new skills I also like how everyday is different in Willowbank with the different classes and activities  that are provided. I have  taken on additional responsibility for updating and populating our new website which we hope to launch soon.

Rosemary is a senior support worker with key worker responsibility. Rosemary has achieved Level Three Health & Social Care and has been trained  up to deputise for the registered manager if needed. Rosemary also facilitates Chair based activity and generally works at both venues.



Hi my name is Kathleen Lappin, I am the Deputy Manager of Willowbank. I first started in Willowbank in 2001 when I decided to change my career path. My first position was on a student placement whilst studying Health and Social Care at South West College, after a short time I undertook a part-time position as a support worker and the rest is history! Willowbank has given me the opportunity to work closely with individuals within our community who require our help and support.



My name is Larry Gollogly and I have been employed at Willowbank nursery since March 2017. After a long career in the financial sector I undertook a Degree in Horticulture at CAFRE, Greenmount campus graduating in 2016.  Since joining Willowbank I have been able to apply my knowledge of growing plants to a wide range of people to include members, students, garden centre customers and householders. I find gardening an interesting, rewarding, relaxing and sociable activity.





Hi my name is Derek Chambers and my position within Willowbank is minibus driver. My role is to ensure that the service users who have the use of our bus have a safe and reliable journey to our facility. The reason I chose this role here is so that I can help the people in our community avail of the services Willowbank provide. What I enjoy most about my role is helping the service users that I have got to know personally from this job. I invite you to take a look at our site so you can find out who we are and information on the services we provide.