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Steph Douglas - Amys Care

Steph Douglas

I used to ride race horses for a living. Being a groom at Hayton meant I also had to get the horses ready for racing and see to their daily needs. I gained a Diploma in Equestrian Studies but I have always drawn towards the arts. As a visual artist I have worked at a number of festivals including Solfest. I joined Amy’s Care in December 2017 as an Activity Worker. My hobbies include wild camping, travelling and reading.

Gary Swainson - Amys Care

Gary Swainson

I have been a falconer since I was ten years old and I have been doing falconry professionally since I was fifteen. Four years ago I decided to try something different and so now I split my time between working for Amy’s and running Cumberland Bird of Prey Centre. I have 3 A levels in I.T, Psychology and English that I got as an adult learner and a level 3 Health and Social Care qualification. I can also cut down a tree, speak bad Italian and plant a geranium…

Miriam Breese - Amys Care

Miriam Breese

I moved to Keswick with my family fifteen years ago and have enjoyed a number of rewarding jobs. I have worked for the Alzheimer’s Society in their day centre, had a short spell at Nether Place as an Activity Coordinator and I have enjoyed working for Amy’s Care since 2013, first in the groups and now for two days a week in the office, occasionally doing some bank cover at the clubs.

Rosie McGuinness - Amys Care

Rosie McGuinness

Hi, I’m Rosie and I started working at Amy’s Care in 2017. I originally trained as a teacher and worked in Primary Schools where I specialised in working with youngsters with autism. I have a degree in Psychology and Sociology as well as a Masters degree in Education. I am a keen gardener and love being outdoors. I love bird spotting and I also enjoy sailing and salsa.


Louise Dixon

Working with adults with learning disabilities and gaining my NVQ level two in Health and Social Care, in 2013 Fraser invited me to join him at Amy’s Care as an Activity worker. Originally just one day a week but taking on more days as Amy’s grew. I am passionate about my job and get a great sense of fulfilment knowing I am helping to enrich the lives of others. I love to travel and try out new experiences, I also love the outdoors, cycling, fell walking and swimming. I am always up for a new challenge!

Alistair Smeaton - Amys Care

Alistair Smeaton

I trained as an artist and have a degree in ceramics. To support my art practice, I did a variety of jobs including working with nursery children. I love to travel and work with nature and also have a diploma in horticulture. Fraser asked me in 2013 if I would like to join Amy’s Care and I have never looked back. I love my job; providing care, entertainment and organising activities. My hobbies include gardening, fell walking, skiing and swimming. I have just completed the Keswick 3 peak challenge.

Fraser Dooley - Amys Care

Fraser Dooley

My Grandma Amy made me realise many older adults need a bit of help to enjoy themselves and to get out and about. She inspired me to change my career to do just that. I use my previous experience in teaching outdoor pursuits and team building and combine it with my passion for life, outdoor sports and travel.  I have several professional coaching and care qualifications including a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care. I am proud that Amy’s Care CIC, an ethical family-run organisation, is at the heart of the community.

Rebecca Dooley - Amys Care

Rebecca Dooley

In 2014 I left my position in the NHS to help Fraser develop Amy’s Care into a Community Interest Company. I have a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care. Amy’s Care is a unique service for older adults in North Cumbria and as it has grown I have been able to return to work in the NHS while continuing to manage the financial aspects of Amy’s Care including grant finding and fundraising as well as supporting Fraser with the daily management.

Covid-19 Business Impact

Amys Care has been forced to close its doors due to the current Covid -19 situation and we will reassess possibilities in the spring of 2021
We wish everyone well until then