Staff

CHIEF OFFICER – HELEN DUNCAN

Helen started with Town Break in September 21 as our Dementia Services Manager, in May 22 Helen was appointed Chief Officer for Town Break. She has worked in the field of mental health for over 27 years and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her new role.

Helen is responsible for the smooth running of the charity, building new partnerships, networking with local agencies (statutory and voluntary), managing the Dementia Coordinators, strategy and engagement officer, fundraising officer and finance officer.

Helens goal is to drive the charity forward whilst maintaining the ethos behind the charities original mission.

“Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing, there is a field, I’ll meet you there”.

STRATEGY & ENGAGEMENT OFFICER – DANIEL KEANE

Daniel has been Town Break’s Strategy and Engagement Officer since September 2018. Daniel has worked in the voluntary sector for over 10 years and has also volunteered at a European level being committed to engagement and paediatric support.

With input from the wider team, he leads on the strategic direction of Town Break, developing new and existing relationships with key stakeholders and assisting the Chief Officer with the daily running of the organisation.

Daniel is excited to utilize his professional skills to develop existing and new services for people living with dementia.

“If you want the rainbow, you have to deal with a little rain!”

FINANCE & ADMIN OFFICER – KATH PHIPPS

Kath manages the finances for Town Break, covering everything from paying volunteers expenses and invoices, developing budgets and preparing financial reports, through to working with our Treasurer to submit our annual accounts. She also supports the admin for the team, helping them with handouts, letters and any reporting paperwork.

Kath has worked in the voluntary sector for over 20 years. She joined the staff team at Town Break in 2018 having previously been a board member with us for nearly 5 years.

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars”.

DIGITAL COORDINATOR – SUZANNE POTTER

Suzanne started with Town Break in May 2022 as the Digital Coordinator, having previous experience in care and mental health organisations, she has a vast understanding of the services direct roles out with the digital side.

Suzanne is responsible for managing the creation and successful implementation of online activities across a wide range of platforms, including website development, organising social media sites, creating online content, analysing digital marketing trends, managing email campaigns, and reporting on website analytics.

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts.”

FUNDRAISING OFFICER – FIONA CLARK

Fiona joined the Town Break team in July 2022.  She has worked in the voluntary sector for 20 years, and has a range of experience fundraising for various charities.  She previously worked for a number of small charities helping them to access funding and develop their services and volunteers.

Her first experience of Town Break was in 2015 when she briefly volunteered at our lunch clubs.  She is looking forward to developing relationships with new funders and diversifying Town Breaks income streams, so that we can support even more families and expand the types of activities we offer.

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”

DEMENTIA SERVICES COORDINATOR – DAVINA PILLEY

After four years of being a loyal volunteer with Town Break, Davina was welcomed as a member of staff in November 2018.

Davina helps organise a range of stimulating and meaningful activities for Town Break members. She is supported in her role by her colleagues and a band of dedicated volunteers. Davina also supports clients’ families and carers, offering support and signposting to other agencies and charities that can also offer help and support.

“You’ll never find the rainbow if you’re looking down”

DEMENTIA SERVICES COORDINATOR – LESLEY MILNE

Lesley joined Town Break in November 2019.  She has 20 years’ experience in the care area, working with Mental Health / Learning Disabilities, the Elderly in care homes and in the community. 

She is the coordinator for Befriending and Rural Friendship Groups and works closely with Community Councils within the Stirling district.  Lesley also works with local schools on the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative and how they can help with intergenerational plans.  Lesley has done her training as the Mental Health First Aider and she offers support and signposts to other agencies and charities that can also offer help and support.

“Always look on the bright side of life.”

DEMENTIA SERVICES COORDINATOR – BETH COLBECKI

Beth joined Town Break in May 2022. She has 8 years experience within the care sector supporting individuals to live at home safely and ensure all individual needs were met. During that time she noticed the need there was for such services as Town Break.

She Joined Town Break to work within the Falkirk area supporting those living with dementia and their families. Beths aim within Town Break is to provide a warm welcoming atmosphere at the meeting centres whilst providing meaningful and stimulating activities. Her aim is also to signpost to other agencies and charities that may be able to offer support.

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.”

DEMENTIA SERVICES COORDINATOR – LEIGHANN RUSHFORTH

Leighann joined Town Break in May 2022, she previously worked in a bank for 23 years before being made redundant, and during this time found out she’s very much a people person, she dealt with such a vast range within the public and absolutely loved her job for that reason.

Before joining Town Break in May, she had no experience of working in care, but had dealt with dementia first hand through family members having it. Also a lot of the customers in the bank had this so simply by having a wee blether or chat, would make their day. 

Working for Town Break she is looking to continue making a difference to peoples lives and maintain a positive can do attitude, regardless of what hurdles she may come across.  Leighann wants people to look forward to coming to groups and to leave with a smile on their face.

“You never know when someone may need a smile, so give them one of yours.”

DEMENTIA SERVICES COORDINATOR – SHIRLEY LACHAISE

Shirley joined town break in June 2022. Her previous experience as a support worker made her realise how essential it is to support everyone in reaching their potential regardless of their background.

She also creates and sells her textile art work since 2015 and hopes to share some therapeutic crafting experiences with adults living with dementia alongside their carers. Her aim is to support people to build self-confidence and self-worth through creative activities in a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere.

“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”

DEMENTIA SERVICES COORDINATOR – SUSAN ALI TABASAM

Susan Ali Tabasam has been a part of our Town Break team the past year as a Volunteer, Susan now joins us from this month as one of our new Service Coordinators.

She has recently gained her Bachelor Degree in Psychology/Counselling with the Open University, and is awaiting starting her Masters in January 2023. Susan said “It’s an absolute privilege to now be officially working for Town Break as their new Service Coordinator for 3 of the Stirling groups.”

“Nothing is impossible…..”