Aimee Carson – Founder & Director
I was inspired by a family friend to create an organisation that provides a caring support network for people living with dementia including family, friends and carers. I believe that people living with dementia should be given the opportunity to carry on doing the things they enjoy. Family members and friends are also hugely affected sometimes emotionally and physically and it’s important we provide support to everybody involved.
Emotional wellbeing is a very important part of my role, ensuring that people living with dementia receive dignified and caring support, this is best achieved by ensuring that all Smile TLC members are respected, valued and listened to in a safe and caring environment.
I have 2 children, enjoy walks in the countryside, animals, reading and being with friends.
Alan Blower – Operations Support Officer
After spending 21 years working for an FTSE 100 company in various finance departments, I decided a change of direction was for me. I always believed that anything is possible and people could achieve anything, given the right opportunities and support and I have been an advocate of that throughout my life. I worked for a charity for 8 years, supporting people with learning disabilities and mental health concerns, a job that allowed me to meet some amazing people and to help them retain their independence, dignity and respect
Through personal family tragedy, I witnessed the effect dementia has, not only on the person diagnosed but also the wider effects on family and relationships. In 2018 I joined TLC and could not be happier. The difference Smile TLC makes to people’s lives matches my own beliefs, live the life you want, not what is assumed is good for you.
Dignity, respect, fun, happiness, smiles, laughter, and that’s just me in my role, but to me, this is not a job, it’s a vocation and I have found mine.
I was born in 1972, I am married to Caroline and have 2 children, Jacob & Nathaniel, I love nature, the history of the earth and astronomy.
Liz Gardner – Executive Assistant
I’m 35, I currently work as an executive assistant for Smile TLC. I am passionate about assisting with great quality care, promoting kindness and happiness to others. I’ve worked in Dementia care for 10years and really enjoy it.
Jeanette Wright – Senior Support Worker
Due to my own experience with dementia, I knew that I wanted to help to support others going through the same highs & lows that I had. So, who would’ve thought that a chance conversation would lead me to become part of Team Smile TLC.
Through my job, I have met some really wonderful people. Those who I have helped to either continue/renew their chance of an active social life, which also gives their carers time for themselves with the knowledge that their family member is with someone who cares 100% & especially Team Smile TLC. The flexibility of the hours still gives me the chance to have time for my hobbies & interests in mixed media art, going to concerts/theatre, exploring the paranormal cross stitching & Formula 1.
Lynsey Henry – Senior Support Worker
After working in the Civil Service for years I changed direction after seeing how dementia affects so many people of all walks of life and I’m so glad I did as I absolutely love my job with Smile TLC. Bringing smiles, laughter and joy and enriching a person’s life is a privilege. It is incredibly rewarding seeing the difference Smile TLC makes to people’s lives as we all have the same goals and beliefs.
I am married with two children. In my spare time, I like to travel, go to the theatre and watch my beloved Liverpool Football Club.
Matthew Carlin – Support Worker
Hi, I’m Matthew, I’m 49 years of age, large and bubbly. I left school at the tender age of 16 to enrol in City Hope College of Art where I got my A-level.
As a teenager, I loved roleplaying games and painting the miniatures that went with them. So, a few years after I achieved my A-level, I thought I would follow my dreams and enrol in a drama course and then a stagecraft course. Little did I know that it would be the start of a long career in community theatre both on stage and behind the stage. I have had many other jobs throughout my time as an actor, and have been a volunteer artist before working in the care industry. I love singing, drama, drawing and painting. I also like reading various works of literature and watching movies.
However, my favourite passion is for the painting and basing of miniatures, it is here that I find myself most at peace.
Brid Gosselin – Support Worker
I’m Brid, I’m 22 and I work as a support worker for Smile TLC. I love working with people, ensuring they reach their full potential by providing caring physical and emotional support. I love being able to bring happiness and excitement into someone’s day. My passion is to make this world a better place.
Debbie Taylor – Support Worker