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About Us

At People In Action, we offer services in education and learning, health and social well-being, independent living and recreation. We also offer advice and support.

People In Action’s person centred services cover the holistic needs and interests of our customers, aged 8 onwards, with learning difficulties and disabilities. Some of our customers have other impairments such as mental health problems, communications problems, physical disabilities, Asperger Syndrome and Dyslexia.

People In Action involves families and carers from diverse communities in all aspects of our services. We empower people with learning difficulties & disabilities to have an influence at local and national strategic level.


Meet the Team

Nichola Verity - Chief Executive Officer

more info about Nikki to follow…

Nigel Wood - Service Manager

more info about Nigel to follow…

Charlie Meikle - Count Me In Manager

Charlie joined People In Action as a volunteer 11 years ago (We know, she doesn’t look old enough!).  As well as being a Count Me In manager, Charlie runs our Connecting Lives Under 25 group- the first group she volunteered at!

As one of our Count Me In managers, Charlie is responsible for meeting with new and existing customers to develop person centred support plans, ensuring that all customers are supported in reaching their personal goals. Charlie is also manager to a team of dedicated support workers.

The thing Charlie loves most about her job is….the stories. Everyone has a story to tell and no two stories are the same.

Charlie’s number one quote is….“cheese sandwiches today, scrambled eggs tomorrow” Said by a man featured on a documentary about disabilities-he was working towards being able to live independently.

Gillian Karakaya - Count Me In Manager

more info about Gillian to follow…

Lisa Hudson - Count Me In Manager

Lisa joined People In Action in February 2016. As one of our Count Me In managers, Lisa is responsible for meeting with new and existing customers to develop person centred support plans, ensuring that all customers are supported in reaching their personal goals. Lisa is also manager to a team of dedicated support workers.

The best part of Lisa’s day is…. going out and meeting her customer’s and their families!

Lisa’s favourite quote is…. “Be the reason someone smiles today”.

When she’s not at work, Lisa enjoys….looking after her pet dog, three cats and seven chickens!

Deborah Armitage - Count Me In Manager

The thing Debs loves most about her job is….the positive impact we have on our service users and their family lives, the friendly smiles and positivity we gain from our customers and the sense of pride when everything works wonderfully and staff and customers are matched perfectly.

Debs favourite poem is…. ‘As I Rise’- Maya Angelou. Debs loves how the poet doesn’t let negativity dull her sparkle!

Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? ‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells Pumping in my living room.”

Debs favourite things outside of work are…. her son, dog, sister and her friends!

Naomi Dale - Count Me In Coordinator

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Becca Neaves - Changing Lives Service Manager

Becca joined People In Action as a support worker two years ago. In addition to supporting her own customers, Becca now manages our Changing Lives service and makes sure our groups run smoothly!

Becca’s favourite things about working at People In Action is… “Working with my customer, visiting groups and speaking to the members. I love the dedicated pool of staff we have across all three services.”

Awtar Sagoo - Volunteer Coordinator

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David Goldthorp - Finance Manager

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Alison Ratcliffe - Payroll Administrator

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Paula Routley - CQC Project Manager

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