Nigel started work with the organisation back in 2003, when the organisation was a single project working with a group of 20 young adults in the Craigavon and Banbridge area. Over the past 13 years, he has overseen the organisation’s development and growth delivering more quality projects and services to over 500 individuals throughout the Southern Trust area through a broad spectrum of projects and services. He is responsible for the management and administration of the organisation, including maintaining our existing work as well as working to develop new ideas and initiatives that make a real difference to the lives of people with a learning disability and their carers. Nigel is also a board member of three other charitable organisation’s- Down Armagh Rural Transport, Quaker Service Belfast and Ulster Friends Trustees. He is married with young daughter, lives in Ballyward and enjoys travelling and the outdoors.
Project Coordinator - We are IncredABLE
Gemma joined the organisation in April 2017 and is responsible for coordinating the 5-year social enterprise led “We are IncredAble project” which is funded by Big Lottery. This exciting programme aims to provide a range of meaningful ‘whole day’ opportunities through social enterprise initiatives, promoting independent daily living skills and social opportunities for young people aged 18 – 25 years with a learning disability and/or Autism across the Southern Health and Social Care Trust. Gemma most recently worked with Trócaire as Regional Marketing Officer for almost 10 years and previously held roles with Feile and Phobail and Arts Council NI and has experience in fundraising and campaign management, volunteer management and outreach programming. Passionate about both international development and disability rights Gemma remains an ambassador for Trócaire in her local area and is an active member of parent led charity Down’s & Proud. In her spare time, Gemma enjoys travelling and the outdoors with her husband and two daughters, following Armagh, reading and attempting to train her two donkeys….
Mark joined the organisation in 2007 as a full time member of staff. He had been doing some part time work with the organisation and worked as a Trust Home Care worker and a Community Access Support worker before this. He coordinates the Adult Short Breaks service, Holidays and Camping. He enjoys outdoor adventures and cooking (he believes he is the organisation’s best amateur Chef) and is a trained Performance Artist.
Jason joined the organisation in January 2013 and coordinates Youth Clubs, camping and holidays and the BIG service. Jason is also our Volunteer Coordinator. He has worked in the voluntary and private sector for over 20 years and enjoyed many achievements in supporting people with a learning disability in employment and training. In his role, he takes part in activities that he also enjoys doing in his spare time like golfing, hillwalking and snooker.
Sharon joined the organisation in June 2012 as a project worker. In November 2015 she took on the role of Project Coordinator for POP, YEP, as well as Community Mapping and the Siblings programme. She is also in charge of in house training. Her background is in community development and she worked in Craigavon and Belfast City Council in this capacity and later, when working with Child Accident Prevention Trust and PlayBoard, she combined community development with training in accident prevention and play work training. She enjoys arts and crafts and making messes.
Alex joined our team in July 2015 and manages the day to day running of the back office functions for the organisation and is based at Portadown Road. She is originally from Zimbabwe, but has lived in Richhill for many years. She has worked in a large variety of admin roles, in Zimbabwe, London and here in Northern Ireland with a variety of professional firms and charities.
Catherine joined the organisation in 2009 as a volunteer when she climbed Ben Nevis as a charity fund raiser. She has become more and more involved in all projects and can now be found at almost all incredABLE events! She heads up the ASD specific projects, ASD Residentials, Life Hacks and Social Saturdays. She also helps out with Youth Clubs, Adult Short Break and POP projects, as well as some BIG services, Camping and Holidays and she loves it all.
Claire Little has worked in catering since she left school and had successfully run another cafe before she started with Cafe incredABLE in 2018. She has successfully developed the project with the support of her team into a fully fledged cafe and outside catering social enterprise.