Board & Management

Helen Garaghty
FOUNDING DIRECTOR

Helen  is the mother of Lucy, after whom the café is named.  She has deep insight into the daily challenges faced by young adults with disabilities and was also one of the founders of a group home in Cape Town for some of these young adults. She plays an active role in the day to day operations of the café, and with the training of the staff and volunteers. She also brings her faith and wonderful network of friends to volunteer their time in mentoring our staff at Lucy G.

Diana Phillips
FOUNDING DIRECTOR

Diana is an Occupational Therapist by training with many years of experience working with young people who have disabilities.  She is particularly passionate about upskilling and providing opportunities to these young adults to become more independent and meaningfully included in their communities. She currently is the Managing Director of Lucy G

Andrew Bryce
DIRECTOR

Andrew is a Chartered Accountant who in 2018 retired from his role of Executive Director (finance) of Engen. He is currently the Financial Director and assists with the overall governance framework. He has experience in collaborating with other NGOs in developing training opportunities for people with disabilities in the Western Cape.

Janice Brown
DIRECTOR

Janice is the Deputy Principal at a Primary school in Retreat. She has extensive teaching experience in Cape Town and overseas in mainstream, inclusive and special needs education. She will be assisting in facilitating our literacy program which will empower many of our staff further.

Samantha Harlock
HR MANAGER & SOCIAL WORKER

Samantha has worked as a consultant social worker for multiple NGOs and has extensive experience in developing and managing various life skills and intervention programs to upskill and empower the youth including those with disabilities. She also has a creative flair that is aligned with the vision of Lucy G.

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.

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READ ABOUT ADAM
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READ ABOUT AILEEN
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READ ABOUT ALANA
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READ ABOUT COSMOS
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READ ABOUT DANECIA
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READ ABOUT DARYL
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READ ABOUT HANNAH
READ ABOUT AMINA
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READ ABOUT JOLENE
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READ ABOUT JENNY
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READ ABOUT JOHANNA
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READ ABOUT LEIGH
READ ABOUT MARK
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READ ABOUT ROBERT
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READ ABOUT SAMANTHA

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!

Volunteers

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)