I joined MAECare in July 2018. As Manager my role is to oversee the smooth running of the organisation and lead the staff team in the delivery of services to older people in the area. In addition to coordinating day to day services, I am also responsible for staffing, fundraising, monitoring, liaising with Trustees and overseeing governance, developing policy, procedures and strategy, networking and partnerships. I have worked in older people’s organisations since 2012 and in the voluntary sector since 1986. In my spare time I enjoy cycling, walking and gardening.
Casework and Advocacy
I joined MAECare in October 2017 to coordinate the Mind and Body Project. In July 2021, I took on the role of Casework and Advocacy. I follow up all new referrals; help service users who have problems such as claiming benefit, or sorting out housing problems; and oversee the befriending service.
Administration and Communications
I joined MAECare in January 2019 and I am responsible for running the office, supporting and organising the work of the office volunteers, producing the quarterly Newsletter, updating the website, and other admin support as required. I retired from my job as a production planner at the end of 2014, and for 3 years I volunteered for Age UK Leeds in Information and Advice, and for the Dementia Friendly Leeds project, providing admin support and producing their e-newsletter. In my personal life, I enjoy reading, cycling, walking, birdwatching and nature in general.
I joined MAECare in January 2020 on the Making a Match Project. In August I took on the role of Activities Coordinator.
I run and facilitate the following groups – Men’s Den, Cameo, Twilight Zone, Games Afternoon, Monday Matinee, and local trips. The aim of my role is to enable older people to come together for activities and social engagement and reduce isolation and promote social inclusion. This is beneficial to the well being of our service users.
I joined MAEcare in December 2019. I run the fortnightly Active Thursdays group for people who are living with memory loss and dementia. The group involves activities which are designed to help people keep their minds active and engaged, and also support social connections and having fun together. I am keen to build on people’s strengths and interests and offer activities which are meaningful to them, whilst also introducing new, gentle challenges. In my spare time I enjoy being with my family and friends, going to live music performances and being part of a local church.
I joined MAECare as a volunteer in November 2019 and have recently been appointed as the Volunteer Coordinator. I coordinate recruitment and induction of new volunteers, support and develop volunteers to get enjoyment from volunteering, and expansion of the MAECare team through new volunteers with an increasing sense of community. I enjoy meeting new people and being part of a team. In my free time I love spending time with my 3 grandsons mostly, and like to keep fit mainly through swimming, walking and then eating out!
Anna Marie Garbutt
Hello, my name is Anna-Marie Garbutt. I am the Digital Inclusion Project Worker here at MAECare. I’m here to help with IT support. If you need help to get online, set up and email or order prescriptions, get in touch. I will be helping to get more of the MAECare activities online as well. There are lots of fun things to do and learn online that will help you stay connected. To find out more give me a ring. I look forward to chatting and meeting you all soon.
I joined MAECare in February 2022, and am responsible for doing the day to day finances. This includes paying any invoices, preparing accounts and working with the trustees to help them manage the charity.
I spent most of my career in Financial Services, doing a wide variety of finance jobs, and in recent years worked in the insurance industry.
When I’m not at work, I enjoy playing the guitar, keeping fit and walking in the Yorkshire Dales.
Health and Wellbeing Project Worker
I joined MAECare at the start of March 2022, although I carried out massage treatments on Fridays here for several years before lockdown! I am the new Health and Wellbeing Project Worker, and will be organising the exercise classes, and running some groups such as Knit and Natter and the walking group. I am hoping to develop new groups in the future.
Enhance Project Worker
I work on the Enhance project. This involves working with people who have recently been discharged from hospital or people at risk of going into hospital again to put support in place to enable them to make a quicker recovery and remain independent in their own homes for longer.