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Staff and Centre Volunteers

Marisca Ribeiro

Marisca Ribeiro

Head of Services

I have worked in the health voluntary sector for the last 24 years. I worked with Paul’s in their Home Visiting Service in 2008-9 and returned in 2014 to run a prostate project before applying for the Services Manager role in 2015.

Before joining Paul’s I worked with Breast Cancer Care as the Health and Wellbeing Programme Manager. 

I work with a great team of colleagues, staff, trustees and volunteers alike, and despite our funding challenges it’s a great place to work!

Clare Unwin

Clare Unwin

Home Visiting Coordinator

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I started at Paul’s as a volunteer massage therapist in the Home Visiting Service in 2009, and in 2010 I joined the Home Visiting staff team.

Coming to Paul’s was part of a complete change of career for me: After 20 years working in the NHS in mental health, I left to return to university to study for a BSc (Hons) in Therapeutic Bodywork.

I continue to be inspired by the wonderful volunteers in Home Visiting, who share their warmth, generosity and skills and make the Service the success it is.

Angela Murdock

Angela Murdock

Wellbeing Officer

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I joined the Pauls team in October 2017 as the Wellbeing Officer.

After my elderly father was diagnosed with cancer in 2015 and I became his carer, I observed and experienced the obstacles that patients, carers and families faced at such a difficult time.  I felt strongly that no one should have to face such difficulties without a good support network which is why I was overjoyed to be offered the opportunity to work for the centre.

I started my career working as a secretary and years later trained as a dancer.  I went on to teach dance and drama, life skills and was a support worker to adults with learning disabilities for the same charity for 12 years.  I then worked for an entertainment business and also trained as an Aromatherapist in 2013.  I live with my 2 daughters of 13 and 24 and we enjoy spending time together cooking, travelling and eating out.

Eric Hugenberg

Eric Hugenberg

Wellbeing and Support Officer

| support@paulscancersupport.org.uk

My work history is a little chequered: I have worked in benefits for a local authority for about 14 years before changing direction completely and re-trained in animal care. After my training, I was offered a job in the animal rescue centre where I had trained and stayed there for nearly 10 years.

On both occasions I changed jobs when the organisations shifted their focus away from the welfare of public and the animals in their care, respectively. This is what attracted me to Paul’s – it is very much focused on the clients and what they need for their recovery and wellbeing. The ethos and the atmosphere here are very personal, welcoming and warm and I am looking forward to developing my role here.

Kira Blake

Kira Blake

Wellbeing and Support Assistant

| support@paulscancersupport.org.uk

I joined Paul’s at the start of 2018 as part of the centre volunteer team.

I was keen on gaining some experience within a community based organisation after graduating from university. I was introduced to two members of the staff team at a communnity meeting and after hearing what lovely work was being done at Paul’s I was pleased to be accepted as a volunteer.

I had been volunteering at Paul’s for just over a year when I applied to be part of the staff team and was offered the role of Wellbeing and Support Assistant. This is my first job within a health support setting and I am pleased to start my journey in this field with such a wonderful charity.

Jessica Mitchell

Volunteer and User Involvement Co-ordinator

Kevin Carter

Kevin Carter

Centre Volunteer

Suddenly widowed by cancer just as I was to retire, I came to Paul’s a year later to find new friends, and to make a personal though inevitably tiny contribution to hitting back.

I’m so glad that I did.

Anne Gale

Anne Gale

Centre Volunteer

I was diagnosed with cancer in 2012 after which I took advantage of Paul’s Coping with Cancer Stress course.

Upon retiring from full time work 3 years later, I joined Paul’s as Support and Reception Volunteer because I wanted to give something back to society and, in particular, to Paul’s where I had been impressed with the emotional support they offered and the many different treatments and activities they provide to those affected by cancer after initial treatment.

Paul’s has continued to impress me with not only its continual effort to find new ways to support its clients (including their family and carers) but also the wide diversity of these clients which is increasingly more important in a large city like London.

Tony Whitehead

Tony Whitehead

Centre Volunteer

I joined Paul’s as a volunteer about 5 years ago.  My role is to help with the necessary back-office computer related functions.

Before starting at Paul’s I worked in the computer industry for over 30 years but eventually took voluntary redundancy as the stress had become too much.  A year or so later, with time on my hands and a wish to “give something back,” I went to a volunteers fair where Paul’s was represented  and the rest, as they say, is history.

Although I have no experience of health care work, like many others, I have family members who have or had cancer so I fully support the work that Paul’s does in the community.