Previously living and working in Siret during 1991 – 1994 this team returned to the UK, to set up support systems to empower the growing Scoala Pentru Viata Romanian team to manage and develop the work both at the centre and within the childrens neuro-psychiatric hospital, also known by the media as Siret orphanage.
The UK Team
Ruth Brown BA PGCE PGCE , Trustee – a teacher specialising in reading and writing, lived and worked in Siret for nearly 2 years, now living in Glasgow she gives much support with fund raising and publicity.
Dave Emptage NVQ, Trustee – dedicated to working with people with profound and moderate learning disabilities and sensory impairment in long stay residential homes and educational settings since 1989. Volunteering in Romania for 2 years from 1992, bringing his experience and music to the great appreciation of the residents, staff teams and the local community. Now living in Lancaster and working in Special Needs Education, he uses his experience and music to continue to raise finance, awareness and skill sharing on his return trips to Siret.
Katie Goodier MA PGCE , Trustee – now a special needs teacher working in Glasgow, teaching children with special needs having volunteered for over 2 years in Siret from 1992 and been actively involved since.
Professor William Gould PhD, Trustee – a professor of history at Leeds University volunteered in his gap year from 1991 – 1992, in later years returning to Siret to help develop the project where he met and later married his wife Olivia. They now live in Todmorden and ensure good communication and translation between the UK and Romanian teams.
Sylvia Gurr MA UKCP (reg.), Trustee – experienced in working with people with profound learning difficulties and sensory impairments. She volunteered in Romania for approx. 3 years from the beginning of 1992, helping to run and develop the project and has returned regularly since to support the Romanian team developed our work. She has also worked in mental health and homelessness in London during which gained her Masters in Integrative Child Psychotherapy. Now a Child Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor, she also blogs on Romania and the story behind the orphans, www.sylviagurr.com
Lizzy Hartley MA (hons) DipSW, Trustee – a Social Worker in child protection and experience in mental health is able to bring her knowledge and expertise of independent living to the team having volunteer in the hospital in 1993 for over a year
Col Phil Keetley (retd.) MBE, Trustee – previously a Colonel in the British Army, Phil volunteered in Siret from late 1992 to 1994.
Roger Mason Bsc (hons), Trustee and Treasurer – volunteered in 1994 at the children’s hospital