Following a degree in Social Science and completing a person-centred counselling course, Maggie worked for Somerset County Council Social Services Department for 15 years. Initially working with the the Carers Service which gave information advice and support to Carers. This role was based in GP surgeries across Mendip and South Somerset. She then went on to work with the Active Living Team supporting Groups across Somerset. In 2011 with a lot of experience of working with older people and groups, Maggie set up the Lawrence Centre and with the support of trustees The Lawrence Centre opened in May 2012. TLC has a wonderful team of sessional workers, volunteers and volunteer drivers who are all committed to making a difference to our members.
Claire started out as a teacher of Chemistry and Physics. While her children were growing up she got involved in volunteering in community organisations in Surrey and then in Somerset. Through this she acquired new skills which she used as a Project Co-ordinator for EU funded projects in Belarus and as Concerts Manager at Wells Cathedral School. When she was working part time for a local charity which supports voluntary sector groups she met Maggie, who was setting up The Lawrence Centre charity. Claire had not worked with older people before but loves working with them at TLC.
Alice is a qualified dramatherapist and has run amatherapy/reminiscence sessions in care homes and day centres over the last eight years with groups and
individuals living with dementia. She has developed a model of person-centred therapy that creates the most positive responses, connection and communication. Before training as a dramatherapist she was a qualified specialist teacher for fifteen years.
A former professional actress, on moving to Somerset she retrained as a Pilates Instructor. In Wells she began volunteering for a local mental health charity in their “Memories Group” working with people with Dementia and their carers.
She assisted in a “Dance for Parkinson’s” class in Sherborne before being invited to train as, and will soon be, a qualified Parkinson Dance teacher. She began working at The Lawrence Centre in March 2018 as a day session worker. She loves her days with the group and is supported by a wonderful team of volunteers.
Marcia Cumper moved to Wells in 2016 following a career in vocational Rehabilitation, working in the public, not for profit and the private sector. Initially working as a case manager then moving on to lead teams of Occupational Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Occupational Nurses located across the UK. Her work also involved delivering disability awareness workshops, to employers and medical professionals, particularly in respect of mental health.
Marcia was in the first UK group to gain the Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP) Award, also achieving the CBDMA (auditor award) from the International Disability Management Standards Council.