for many yearsSonja Quirk Director – Chair, Founder, Social Worker

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I have spent over 25 years of my career in public, private and voluntary sector social care providers.  I have worked with many client groups including older people, people with physical and learning disabilities, mental health conditions and with children and families.  I have volunteered for organisations working for asylum seekers, homeless people and people who are HIV positive.

I qualified as a Social Worker from Salford University in 2007 and have continued my professional development through post-qualification training.  I have completed training in counselling and safeguarding and have devised and run courses on Parenting Skills and Anxiety Management.

I am married with two teenage children and served as a Parent Governor and member of the Parent Teachers Association at my children’s school. Being close to my community is important to me!

In my previous role with the Local Authority, I was responsible for assessing people’s needs for services.  Often only able to assist with basic care needs,  there was a lack of funding available for social provision.  Many people I assessed said they wanted a social group that is accessible and inclusive and gives people something fulfilling and interesting to do. 

I decided I wanted to do something about that – I left Derbyshire Adult Care Team and set up Glossop Arts Project along with Clare and Deb Myhill – who returned to Research in 2015.

Clare Isherwood Director – Secretary, Founder, Resident Artist

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I have always felt passionate about art and creativity.  I studied for a BA (Hons) in Art and Design and then gained a PGCE Teaching Certificate.  I have extensive experience as a facilitator and teacher of art and design to an adult audience.  I love visiting art galleries and exhibitions with my family as it allows me to teach my children to look at the world in a creative, inspiring way.  I believe everyone has the capability to be creative, but lots of us don’t yet know it.  We all have an innate need to express ourselves; learning new skills and testing ourselves aids positivity.

My family and I live, work and play in Glossop.  I am involved in my children’s primary school Parent Teachers Association, where I enjoy baking cakes, organising events and socialising.  I am also a local Early Years Education Governor, and I feel very strongly about education all the way from nursery to adulthood.

Let’s take a pencil for a walk and see where we end up!

Caro Millington – Director, Treasurer, Governance Support

Caro Millington has been a professional artist for the past seven years. Before this she followed a long career in the BBC – as producer and then senior manager – with a stint in the NHS, chairing a Strategic Health Authority. Caro splits her time between Glossop and London. The hills of the Peak District provide much of the inspiration for her artistic work. She became a Director of GAP in 2016.

Rhoda Badge – Additional Needs Co-Ordinator

Rhoda has been working with the GAP family for over two years, focusing on the sessions that cater for adults with additional needs.  Rhoda qualified as a speech and language therapist 25years ago, and has since worked in a number of settings, mainly working with young people with autistic spectrum conditions and their families. “Communication is a fundamental skill that we all need, and I enjoy helping people to develop their abilities at whatever level, using a variety of means, to become an effective communicator”.

 “My family have grown up in Glossop, and we enjoy making the most of the outdoor space available to us on our doorstep. My son has a learning disability, so this gives me an alternative perspective to the sessions that we offer from the participant viewpoint.

I love that I can be involved with providing a unique service in Glossop, which allows me to be creative, flexible and fun. Using the arts, whether creative, music or movement is a perfect medium to develop self- expression, and interactive social skills”.

Elle Bromley – Young Person’s Development Worker

Elle is a qualified experienced youth worker, who also loves arts and crafting!  Elle gained her Post Grad diploma in Youth and Community work in 2005, from Bradford College, while working for York Youth Service. Elle joined GAP in 2019 funded by Children in Need.

“After many years in York, supporting lots of young people, in a variety of settings, I moved to Glossop in 2011 with my husband. In Glossop, I started my family and am now a Mum to 3 little people who definitely keep me busy!  I have worked in recent years in Glossop for DCC. and for a youth charity in Oldham.   Since qualifying I have always kept up to date with training and developing my knowledge.  I love working with and supporting young people, helping them to explore new ideas and achieve their potential.  Arts and Crafts have always been a hobby of mine, which have developed into a little online business. I am so pleased to have the opportunity to work for GAP and to combine my loves of youth work and crafting!”

Committee

Chair: Sonja Quirk – Secretary: Clare Isherwood – Treasurer: Caro Millington – Steering Group Tim Isherwood, Jo Baines, Bev & Mel Johnson, Lin Campbell and Alison Bradshaw.