Staff Profile



Carolyn Shepherd- Deputy Manager

Hello... I'm Carolyn...

I returned to education as a mature student in 1999. I completed an HND in Care Practice and then went on to do a BA Hons Degree in Social and community care. On completing my degree i secured a position as a residential social worker in a childrens home where i remained for five and a half years. I found this experience very rewarding.

As a support worker i moved onto get a position at St.Annes working with adults with learning difficulties, i was there for two and a half years and this is where my journey at Skillshop began. One day by chance i spotted a job advert for Skillshop and it sounded like just the place i wanted to work. I came for a trial day and was welcomed by everyone. People were so friendly and i knew instantly this is where i wanted to work.

I have been at Skillshop since March 2011 and i look forward to coming everyday. I am enjoying my new role as Supervisor

Everyday is so different i work with many different unique people and the whole experience is so rewarding. 

Kristan Parry - Assistant Manager



Lisa Crawshaw- Supervisor

Hi my name is Lisa Crawshaw. I have been a Skillshopper for nearly 8 years.

My time at Skillshop has been absolutely fantastic so far and i have amazing bonds with our clients. 

I will continue to strive to encourage each of our Skillshoppers to reach their full potential.

As a Skillshop family, we have made great memories and will continue to make every day at Skillshop an amazing place to be. 

I love my job!

Lisa C xx

Jimmy Carroll- Support Worker

Hi all, my name is Jimmy . This is a job role that i particulary enjoy, because i enjoy working in a people centred environment.

I have been married to Kath for twenty-eight years and we have got two children. Sinead aged 23 years and Tyrone aged 20 years. Family life is very important to me as i come from a large family and have eight brothers and sisters. We have therefore aimed to spend quality time with our children, and we have spent time together visiting many destinations around the world, icluding Australia, America, Africa and the Mediterranean.

I am a fully qualified A.B.A boxing coach and gym instructor. These are skills that i incorprate into activities at Skillshop in the form of Boxercise and fun gym. In my spare time i teach boxing to children and young people, many from disadvantaged backgrounds.

I aim to inspire other people to achieve their personal goals




Chris Leslie- Support Worker


I'm Chris, married with two children. 

I was a factory worker for almost 20 years and a much needed career change brought me to Skillshop.

The support and guidance from my colleagues has been overwhelming, and i have been made to feel truly welcome and part of the Skillshop family.

There are so many activities for clients to do, my job is thoroughly enjoyable and varied each day.

Love my job... the clients go home with a smile on their face and so do i.






Casey Middleton- Support Worker


Paul Verity- Ground Maintenance

My name is Paul Verity i have been married for 22 years, and i am a skilled joiner by trade. I have worked in many different places but Skillshop is definately my favourite.

I have recentley joined the Skillshop Team as the ground maintenance worker taking on many various tasks each day, as every day is different. I love my job and hope to stay at Skillshop for the near future.