Alive

Our Team

Malcolm Burgin

Regional Manager: Hants, Wilts, Dorset

Malcolm has been facilitating sessions with care homes across Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorset for over nine years. Since joining Alive in 2011, he has continued to work in an ever increasing number of care settings and has introduced a broad range of activities to his repertoire. Malcolm has a particular interest in how the use of expressive, creative dance can be used to engage with those living with dementia. Malcolm co-created Alive's first training courses and is highly experienced in delivering training sessions for care staff. He now manages a team of four presenters and together they deliver a diverse range of sessions across the south-west. Malcolm loves watching the innate creativity of people being brought to the fore and believes it is a privilege to facilitate moments when people suddenly realise the amazing things they are capable of, whatever their situation.

Craig Stevens

Regional Manager: West Sussex

Craig has been working in activity provision for nine years. He has led thousands of person-centred activity sessions in care settings, working with a range of different clients. His expertise ranges across the activity provision spectrum from training and experience in reminiscence therapy, dementia, singing, dance, theatre, yoga, laughter yoga, meditation, team building, volunteer coordination and NLP. Craig has a proven background in management, sales, marketing and business development, and is an experienced coach and trainer. Craig’s passions are person-centred entertainment (group and one-to-one), singing, comedy and having fun. He has developed and runs The West Sussex Activities Coordinators Forum, a learning and development resource for activity leaders. Craig was the judge in the Best Activities Coordinator category at The National Dementia Care Awards 2015.

Gill Roberts

Regional Manager: Bristol and surrounding

Gill has worked with older people since 2002, facilitating group and one-to-one sessions for thousands of older people in a wide range of care settings. She has a particular interest in movement and dance, tai chi, singing, guided reminiscence and apps for people living with dementia. Her training for care sector staff in person-centred and ‘whole home’ approaches focuses on valuing the individual, supporting people to follow their interests and to connect meaningfully with people and the world around them. She leads training and workshops on creative use of iPads, engaging people who are hard to reach, living well with dementia, supporting people at end of life / late stage dementia, movement & dance, and creative approaches to reminiscence and activities. Gill has family experience of dementia and living in care.

Nicola Taylor

Presenter and Trainer

Nicola is a highly experienced Trainer in Activities with over 20 years’ experience working for the NHS and in the charity sector. She believes passionately in the importance of activities and positive engagement for all people in care settings. Nicola has worked as a provider of activities in elder care and mental health settings and also with younger people living with Autism, profound and multiple learning disabilities, and complex needs. She is particularly experienced in providing activities for people living with later-stage dementia. Nicola has a special interest in multi-sensory activities, singing, music, reminiscence, and giving people in care opportunities to make connections. She enjoys sharing her experiences and giving Activity Providers the opportunity to share theirs too.