Sharon & Jo
We are two highly professional, experienced women who have had an ambition for many years to provide day supervision for adults with additional needs.
Between us we have over 50 years’ experience, working with a wide range of special needs which include autistic spectrum disorders and
multi-sensory impairments. We both know the importance of building communication and self-help skills that help to raise self-esteem and confidence.
We have both previously managed Summer Play Schemes that have given us the opportunity to give young people a Fun Packed Day Out in the community.
Our focus is to provide the key skills needed to enhance independence for life.
Hi I’m Sharon,
I began my career in the caring profession by attending college for two years gaining a BTEC and NVQ 3 Nursery Nurse qualification and working in a secondary school for students who have complex needs.
This role was extremely really rewarding and motivating therefore having begun my career as a teaching assistant at the school, I decided to attend Northampton University to achieve a Speech and Language Qualification. Then, I progressed into the Augmentative, Alternative Communication Department within the school, helping to build up communication skills.
I continued my education for a further five years at university and gained a BA Honours Degree in Teaching and Learning before achieving my Qualified Teacher Status.
Having achieved teacher status I had the privilege to work as a class teacher in the school for five years, working within the post-16 Autism, Multi-Sensory, and Profound Multiple learning classes.
I am extremely proud of my career thus far and look forward to the future of Fundays, and what we can provide to make the lives of young people as happy and fulfilled as possible.
Qualified Teacher PgCert, BA, FdA
Hi I’m Jo,
After attending college for two years gaining my NNEB Nursery Nurse Qualification, I started my career working at a special school were I worked for more than 20 years, with students who had profound multiple learning difficulties.
I then helped to set up the Northampton Special Needs Trampoline Gymnastics Academy where I worked as a Fully Qualified Coach; The Academy was a huge success and is still on going to this day.
However, I decided to go back into education to continue my career with special needs by working in the designated special provision were I worked for 4 years, gaining my Level 2 British Sign Language Qualification.
Presently I have been working in a nursery provision as a Qualified SENCO and Senior Practitioner.
Throughout my career, I have worked as a sessional Worker with children and young adults with severe complex needs, I found this role particularly rewarding as I help children access local youth clubs, discos and provide care in their own home, evenings and weekends.
Our Team Members
Qualified Teacher PgCert
Hi I'm Ann,
After completing my NNEB Nursery Nurse Qualification and gaining my Qualified Teacher Status, I started my career working at a special school with students who have profound multiple learning difficulties, challenging behaviours or Autism.
I worked for more than twenty years as a class teacher before becoming head of the post 16 department.
I thoroughly enjoyed my career in special education as no two days were ever the same!
Throughout my career I have been involved in the running of a summer play scheme at another secondary special school in Northampton and provided sessional care for students by taking them out and involving them in the community which I enjoyed very much.
Two years ago I retired from my teaching post and life became very different, however working at Fundays on a part time basis has given me a chance to continue to work in the field which I love.
Many of the clients at the day centre are ex-students from my school days.
BA Honours Fine Artist
Hi I'm Helen,
I am an extremely creative person and after completing a BTEC Diploma in Foundation Studies Art and Design at Northampton University, I went on to gain a BA Honours Degree in Fine Art. I continue to create my artwork in my spare time and integrate it into art, craft and music sessions at Fundays.
I have worked as a Teaching Assistant in a secure Adolescent Mental Health Hospital Unit, where I was responsible for assisting in maintaining a high level of student care to support and encourage students through gaining Entry Level Art, GCSE and A Level. I progressed to working within a Special School, assisting the teachers in the classrooms to support the learning, care and physical needs of the children.
I have been responsible for assisting in maintaining a high level of student care, to assist in lessons for individual needs, develop and maintain therapeutic relationships and engage individuals in activities in areas such as learning, socialising and personal development to promote and maintain key life skills.
I strongly believe that everyone deserves a chance to explore the opportunities to learn, grow and to be treated with dignity and respect.
Hi I'm Claire,
I am a proud mother of two children, my daughter is on the Autistic spectrum, my son is a teacher at a secondary special school.
Having a daughter with additional needs has led me into a dedicated 18 year career within a primary special school working with students with profound multiple learning difficulties as a teaching assistant, a role which I found extremely rewarding.
I have experience all forms of Augmentative, Alternative Communication including the TEACCH method, Conductive Education, Play Therapy, Makaton and British Sign Language
I believe in encouraging communication, self-help and promoting skills for life, being part of the community and being happy and having fun.
Hi i'm Jane,
I am a qualified PE instructor and really enjoy coming into Fundays every Monday morning to provide music, dance and keep fit.