Meet the team

June - general manager/facilitator

June left school at 18 and trained at Hull College in fashion and design, where she gained a City and Guilds qualification to advanced level. After 12 years working for Hull Health Authority, she eventually started her own dressmaking business from home, concentrating mainly on theatrical costumes. This is work she still enjoys but has reduced the amount of time she spends sewing due to commitments elsewhere.

After her father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2008/09, the focus of June’s life changed dramatically. She had the support of her partner, Roger, which gave her the opportunity to support her parents as her dad’s disease progressed. After initially starting one monthly group, the Butterflies group has gone from strength to strength and has become June’s passion.

In her spare time, June likes to go to the gym, spend time with friends and holiday in the sun.

Rachel - activities coordinator

Rachel left school in 2003 and began a career in catering, working at pubs and cafes in Hull, and latterly a residential home.

It was here where she got involved in organising activities for the residents and her passion for caring for those with dementia grew. She realised the importance of building strong bonds to support them and their carers.

Now a mother-of-three, Rachel is our activities coordinator and, although she gives a lot of volunteer hours to Butterflies, her position is funded. It involves identifying the skills and strengths of our members and making sure these are drawn on through our activities programme. Rachel also finds speakers and practitioners to deliver our workshops.

Yvonne - volunteer coordinator

After leaving school, Yvonne went to college to gain her N.N.E.B certificate in nursery nursing before going on to work in pre-school nurseries prior to the birth of her first child. She then left work to become a full time mum and went on to have a further three children.

After 20 years at home, Yvonne decided she wanted to do some voluntary work to gain confidence and help her back to work, so she volunteered for the Butterflies and is now volunteer coordinator.

Yvonne is delighted to be part of a team supporting people who are doing all they can to live well with dementia and the challenges they face.

Her confidence has grown since she joined the group and she is now furthering her education, studying for a degree in social and behavioural studies part time.