Board & Management
Andrew Bryce (director) is a Chartered Accountant who in 2018 retired from his role of Executive Director (finance) of Engen. We are extremely fortunate to have someone of Andrew’s experience on our board, where he plays the role of Financial Director and assists with the overall governance framework.
Diana Phillips (director) is an Occupational Therapist by training, and has many years of experience working with young people who have disabilities. She is the Managing Director of LucyG.
Helen Garaghty (director) is mother of Lucy, after whom the café is named. Helen plays an active role in the day to day operations of the café, and with training of the young adults.
Teacher. Student. Doctor. Lawyer. Volunteering. Mom at home. Into business. Or unemployed. Whatever our situation is, our life is linked to work.
Work offers us a stimulating environment, which allows each of us to learn new skills, to keep our mind active by overcoming new challenges and to grow as a person. It gives us the opportunity to gain more autonomy and independence. Earning our own money means being able to take care of our needs, our wants, and to support ourselves and our loved ones. And that’s not all. Working also means belonging to a community, being part of a group, part of the world.
In the end, all of these benefits can be summed up by the feeling of being valued as a human being. And why should it be any different for our young adults, just because they may have a disability?
Lucy G Craft Cafe currently employs 15 young adults, who love working for all the same reasons as we do! Let’s get to know some of these wonderful people.
Now that you’ve read our profiles, you have a glimpse of the personalities that make this place so special. There is one more thing you now need to do – come and meet us in person! We’ll be ready to welcome you with our arms wide open!
We have an amazing group of volunteers, some working at the café assisting with various responsibilities, and some working “behind the scenes”. These volunteers are our backbone, as without them LucyG would just not be able to function!
We also get regular overseas volunteers through the amazing “WorkAway” organization, please see our entry here https://www.workaway.info/326762892872-en.html. And we were recently fortunate enough to get a visit from the founder and global CEO of Workaway.info, David Milward!
Diana (LucyG), Gina (Workaway volunteer), David (Workaway founder and CEO), Helen (LucyG), Alicia (Workaway)