Alison Price, Chief Executive
I joined ACNWC in December 2015 as deputy CEO, becoming CEO in November 2017. My background is in community engagement and project management and during my career I have worked with children, young people and older people. I have a particular interest in intergenerational work and age friendly communities. I am very fortunate to head a team that brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our organisation, (paid staff, volunteers, and trustees).
Jackie Ditchburn, Office Manager
I have been the Age Connects NWC Office Manager since 2012. My responsibilities include:
♦ Maintaining our office and business systems.
♦ Managing the Denbighshire County Council funded Older Peoples Forums.
♦ Conwy Borough Council and Denbighshire County Council funded Information & Advice service.
♦ Denbighshire County Council funded Community Navigators, working alongside British Red Cross.
I also work closely with our Home Life manager, our Happy Feet co-ordinator and Age Cymru/UK with the advocacy project HOPE.
Haf Williams, Conwy West Community Navigator
Having gone through a life changing illness myself, I understand how difficult it is to rebuild your life, and to regain your independence and quality of life. This is the reason why I became a Community Navigator, and why I am so passionate about supporting others to make positive changes in their lives, improve their wellbeing, and reconnect with their communities. It’s about empowering people to reclaim their independence, make their own life choices and get enjoyment and pleasure out of life.
“Listening to someone’s concerns, and helping them take action, can lighten their emotional burden and make a world of difference to their mental wellbeing.”
Sue Mitchell, Conwy West Community Navigator
I am a qualified Counsellor, with many years of experience as a Youth Worker and student mentor at Coleg Llandrillo. I have a keen interest in the outdoors, animals, and I’m an avid reader. I love spending time with friends and family and have recently taken up wild swimming. I enjoy my role as a Community Navigator. I have always had a keen interest in supporting others and helping them overcome the difficulties they’re facing. “Sometimes, all it takes is for one person to listen and help, to create a life changing experience.”
Lynne Kent, Information & Advice / Denbighshire Older People’s Forums I have worked for ACNWC since 2018. My current role is with the Information & Advice Team which provides a service for residents in Denbighshire and Conwy. I also help coordinate the Denbighshire Older People’s Forums.
Before joining Age Connects NWC, I worked in the care sector in a variety of service user groups. Alongside my role as Registered Manager of a Domiciliary Care organisation, I also managed an activities-based Day Centre for older people which was a lot of fun. I like to relax with a good book or a walk on the beach.
Alessandra Thomas, Older People’s Forum Coordinator – Conwy
Since moving to North Wales in 2008, I have worked on community projects for young people, older people, and age friendly communities. In my present role I organise forums all over the county, where older people can come and discuss what matters to them. These forums are an important part of ACNWC’s work as they give our organisation access to people whose daily lives are impacted by government strategies and policies. During the restrictions due to Covid-19 we were still able to keep in touch with our forum members through our newsletters. It was very powerful to be involved with our forum members at this time and to hear their stories as to how the restrictions were impacting on their lives. It’s great being in touch with such positive people and help them to have their voices heard.
David Philips – Financial Adviser
I joined Age Connects NWC in 2014 working on various projects, and for the last three years I’ve worked on the Local Energy Advice Programme (LEAP) which helps people by looking at their energy bills, helping to swap tariffs, installing small energy measures, and managing heating systems. I enjoy working with other members of ACNWC to provide services and support to older people. My interests outside of work are golf and Everton Football Club.
Sarah Walton – Home Life Admin
I have worked for ACNWC- Home Life project as the administrator since November 2021. I have many years’ experiences of working with children, as well as 10 years’ experience working with adults who had mental health illnesses, in various roles and with people of various ages. I find working with people and making a difference to people’s lives incredibly rewarding. With a good support network, to enable and empower them older people can live as independently as possible in their own homes, and I am proud to be a part of team who achieves this. “Helping one person may not change the world, but it might change the world for that one person”.