About us Meet the team Our Staff 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. My name is Ann Mc Glone and I’ve been the Manager of Willowbank since 1989 so I will be with the organisation 30 years in 2019. I am pleased that under my stewardship we have moved from a charitable benevolent organisation to a user led organisation where people with disabilities are at the centre of all decisions being made. On a personal level it has been my privilege to work alongside people who helped shape the service, as Directors, service users and staff. I have seen people achieve things they never thought they would, speak in venues such as Stormont where they were able to speak confidently and competently about disability rights and their contribution locally and nationally.I am immensely proud of all the milestones we have hit over the years and will continue to do so going forward. I hope you find our new website easy to use and informative , please get in touch with us if we can help you in any way. There is always a warm welcome in Willowbank. 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.