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.
Michele Roos (director) was the Managing Director of LucyG for the first year (i.e. 2018), but is no longer actively involved in the day-to-day operations.
Here is a profile of a selection of the young adults working at LucyG.
My name is Johanna (Jo) Garaghty.
I am Lucy G’s sister and I live in The Vine Community with my friends. My best friend Erica and I have been friends since we were 7.
My hobbies are swimming, boogie boarding at Fish Hoek and walking – especially with my dog, Hip Hop at home and Shelly who lives at The Vine. I also loved horse riding at Sarda.
I love my social groups, Challengers and Faith and Light. On a Friday morning I go to Chaeli Crafts which I enjoy. It’s lots of fun.
Matthew was born with severe mental and physical challenges and was given a zero chance of surviving after birth. Matthew started with art and craft therapy classes at the Chaeli Campaign six years ago and the regular activities and interaction with other young adults has had a profound effect on his life. More and more, Matthew asks to be involved in daily household activities. He wants to pull the wheelie bin into the yard after refuse collection, he wants to feed the dogs, turn on the kettle, unpack the cutlery from the dishwasher and help with meal preparation.
Due to being confined to a wheelchair and other physical challenges, Matthew cannot perform any of these activities independently. However, by facilitating his participation, Matthew feels that he is needed, has purpose and is contributing to family life. As time goes on he shows improvement in his level of ability in these tasks. I am excited that Lucy G is going to provide him with more opportunities to express himself, be engaged in activities that he loves and make an ongoing and valuable contribution to society.
~ Gail (Matthew’s Mom)
My name is Daryl Carrington.
I am from England and came to Johannesburg in 1994.
I have worked as a Packer for Pick ‘n Pay from the age of 18 until 30.
In 2016 I moved to the Cape with my parents. I moved into a small special needs home and enjoy my new friends.
I would LOVE to be a famous dancer as dancing is my life.
I enjoy helping people and eating healthy food.
My name is Leigh Mitchell and I am 41 years old. I love Barbra Streisand and wish to be called Barbra.
I really enjoy arts and crafts but I don’t like clay or papier-mâché and funny feeling things. My other hobbies are painting, drawing, listening to music and films. My favourite film stars are Barbra Streisand, Sophia Loren, Meryl Streep, Judy Dench Clint Eastwood and Steve Martin. Noot vir Noot is my favourite programme.
I don’t like loud noises because I have sensitive hearing. I have Asperger’s Syndrome which affects all of my senses and makes my life complicated.
I don’t like dishonesty and believe that honesty is the best policy but this gets me into trouble quite a lot.
I used to do admin work at Fish Hoek Hospital but now I just do volunteer work at our library. I stay with my mom and help her with all the housework and cooking, and I look after our pets.
My favourite thing to do is go out for coffee with my mom. My faithful friend is my cat, Nutmeg.
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)