Meet Our Champter One Team

Committed to providing full support for young people

Lauren Hands

Lauren Hands

Team Leader

My name is Lauren, I have been supporting individuals with physical and learning difficulties for around three years. I am very passionate about what I do and alongside working for Connections 2 Independence I also work at The Milestone School supporting young individuals. My main priority is to make sure that I am providing the best level of support needed and that the young people I support are happy and safe. I love being able to positively contribute to an individual’s quality of life. I have a caring nature, a great sense of humour and pride myself on being a trustworthy and reliable person. I love to meet new people and socialising with family, friends, colleagues and the individuals I care for. I joined Connections 2 Independence to offer individuals the best support I can. 

Kelsey-Jai Fowke

Kelsey-Jai Fowke

Team Leader

My name is Kelsey, I have been supporting individuals with their care needs for approximately 2 years. I am extremely passionate about my job and all of the young people I support. I believe I have a lot to offer those I work with which can include my caring nature, my great sense of humour and my belief of always putting others before myself. I enjoy meeting new people and getting to know them to build a positive, long-lasting relationship. In my free time I like to be with my friends and family, and my main hobby is dance and I have represented England in the European Championships in Germany. Dancing is something I have done since a young age and I find it a great way to express myself and meet new people. I am a trustworthy, honest and reliable person and with this I hope to offer you the best support I can. I have just completed my NVQ Level 2 Health and Social Care and am considering to move on to complete my Level 3. 

Bailey Danter

Bailey Danter

Disability Support Workers

Hi, my name is Bailey and I have worked with supporting vulnerable young people for over a year now. I am very passionate about my job and I love helping others. I love to dance, and I used to be a gymnast and cheerleader when I was younger.

What is it your love about your role within C2I:

  • I love that I can help young people develop new skills and gain confidence.
  • I love helping others, not just the young person but their family too.
  • I love meeting new people.
Daisy Watters

Daisy Watters

Disability Support Workers

Hi my name is Daisy! I have been with Connections 2 Independence since October 2020. I am currently in sixth form studying Psychology, Sociology and Geography in hope to get into University to study Primary Education and gain a Qualified Teacher Status. I am a bubbly, happy and approachable individual. I have been dancing since the age of 3 and will no doubt continue for the rest of my life as its one of my passions! I love helping others in all aspects and just being around and interacting with the people that I love and care about is my ultimate favourite thing to do with my time!

 

Heather Thomas-Hook

Heather Thomas-Hook

Disability Support Workers

My name is Heather Thomas-Hook, I’ve worked in Education for twelve years both in mainstream and SEN schools. I am also a qualified Reflexologist and Body Massage Therapist.

I completed my NVQ3 in Child Care Learning & Development qualification whilst working at Leonard Stanley Playgroup as a Play Leader, I then moved to Uley Primary School as a Teaching Assistant working in years 3 & 4.
I massaged residents at Mencap Homes and found this very rewarding and loved the interaction with the residents. This is when I decided to take the next step by joining The Shrubberies SEN School in Stonehouse to become a Teaching Assistant. During my time at The Shrubberies I learnt how to use Makaton, PECS, Team Teach, Wade & Rescue, administer medication (Buccal and EpiPen) supporting the students within the class and out in the community. I moved up to The Apperley Centre (Post 16 for The Shrubberies School) and became a Teaching Assistant Level 2 and stood in for the class teacher on PPA days and as and when needed.

I worked in groups and 1:1.
I have worked with PMLD, MLD and carried out personal care on individuals who sometimes found it difficult to accept personal care with challenging needs.
In my previous role in Stroud at Children’s Social Care, I often bumped into ex-students from The Apperley Centre … I heard them before I saw them – shouting out my name!! I decided I needed to be back at a special needs school.

I started my new role at Alderman Knight SEN School Tewkesbury in September 2019 as their Receptionist/Administrator and enjoy the interaction with the students.
I am so excited to be working as a PA working with such lovely young adults again. I am fully insured and plan to help the people I support work to the best if their ability, help them learn new skills and have some fun!

Joanna Brooks

Joanna Brooks

Disability Support Workers

My name is Joanna Brooks.

I have worked with children in some capacity or another since completing my NVQ in childcare over 24 years ago. I started my career working in residential care with children with physical difficulties, as well as children with sensory, learning and communication difficulties. I found this job extremely rewarding and loved the diversity of the role.

After having my daughter I completed my TA training and went on to work in Education, initially working as 1-1 support for a visually impaired student.
After my student made the transition from Primary to Secondary I became the TA in our Reception Class and here I have stayed for the past 12 years. I am also play lead for Breakfast and After school club which I love as I enjoy seeing all age groups coming together and having fun!

I have acquired a variety of skills and training over the years but one thing that stands out above all of the others is a good relationship with parents, parents know their own children better than anyone else and their input and advice is paramount to being a successful PA/educator.
I am now enjoying an additional challenge working as a PA for Connections 2 Independence and am looking forward to see what the future will bring.

Karen Davies

Karen Davies

Disability Support Workers

Hi I am Karen, I have been supporting young individuals with their care needs for about 4 years . I am extremely passionate about my work and the young people I work with. I have a lot to offer those I support, this can vary between feeding, changing, administering meds ,sensory and general assisting in there day to day needs.


I don’t class this as work, more my choice of career to help make a difference in those of our young people and that of their families. In my spare time I enjoy time with my own family and socialising with friends.
I am a devoted ,caring and compassionate individual ,who I would like to think could make a difference to others.

Stacey Gray

Stacey Gray

Disability Support Workers

Hi I’m Stacey. I’ve been working with vulnerable children and young adults for over 15 years in both educational and care settings, I am currently a SEN teaching assistant in Cheltenham. I have worked with young people with a wide range of additional needs including pump feeding, epilepsy, multiple profound learning difficulties and physical disabilities throughout my career as a teaching assistant and personal assistant. I have an honours degree in psychology and have visited nearly every country in Europe. I used to be a fully trained lifeguard, but now I’m just as happy sewing and baking.

 

Contact Us

If you would like to find out more about Connection 2 Independence and the services we provide, please call today on 01452 924 946 or alternatively, you can use the form below. 

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Registered Office:

Unit 16, The Glenmore Centre,
Jessop Court,
Waterwells Business Park,
Gloucester,
GL2 2AP

Company Number: 12466129

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