Team


Meet the Daisy Inclusive UK Team,
On this page you can see all of our staff members,
click on each one to learn about them and what they do here at Daisy Inclusive UK.


Dave Kelly

Managing Director
info@daisyuk.com

Dave Kelly is the founder of Daisy Inclusive UK after he became blind due to a rare eye disease.

My name is Dave Kelly; you could say I am a blind man with a vision. This vision being the inclusion of all disabled people to reach their true potential and this is to be done by breaking down the barriers within society. Through this approach my aim is to support our disabled community through the transition from inactivity to activity, school leaving age to adulthood, education to meaningful employment and beyond. Through the mediums of Sport, Education and Employment, we support our community in achieving what mainstream society typically assumes impossible for someone with a disability.

As fate would have it, I had a chance in a million eye disease, but I have still not won the lottery, which are roughly the same odds. I lost my sight 20 years ago at the age of 30 due to a rare eye disease called Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP). I sat at home with two options moan to myself, “why me” and become depressed or act positively and think “these things happen for a reason”. After, two years of isolation and non-acceptance of my blindness. I finally came to terms with it and realised I had blindness, blindness didn’t have me! Following, what could only be described as a moment of clarity. I literately dreamt of what I needed to do to get me out of isolation into inclusion, you could say it was my blind man with a vision moment.

So after leaving school many years earlier with just a couple of CSE’s, I decided to re-educate myself. I started a new journey from absolute basic schooling to graduate. I worked my way through the education system finally culminating in a BA Hons degree in coaching and sports development along with a degree in coaching for the disabled.
If anyone had told me 10 years earlier that I would be up on stage collecting my BA Hons degree dressed in a cap and gown, I’d have said they were mad and so would anyone who knew me. But with hard work, positive thoughts and a smile, I succeeded in the first part of my cunning plan. The next part of the plan was now firmly in my sight.

It was at this time that I come up with the concept of Daisy (Disability Awareness Introducing Sport to Youngsters) We have gone through transition from a voluntary organisation to a non-profit making Community Interest Company to a now registered charity (Daisy Inclusive UK), as a result of all our hard work Daisy UK has received three prestigious awards. The first award was the Radio City and Alliance and Leicester Commercial Bank Community Project of the year award. The second one was the Celebration of Success award which was organised through Business Link and aimed to recognise new entrepreneurs who have succeeded in establishing businesses across Greater Merseyside. The third one was an Inspiration award by Crosby training and job centre plus; most Inspirational contribution to Inspire award.

More recently in 2010, we were fortunate enough to be on the channel 4 programme ‘The Secret Millionaire’, which highlighted both myself and Daisy UK in our efforts to inspire and motivate young disabled people and their families.

Incredibly, we were on TV once more in 2012, through our work with Sports Relief, were the BCC cameras filmed our inclusive sports clubs hosted by children’s favourites Sam and Mark. Our work with Sports Relief was showcased on the BBC’s the One Show. Carrie Grant visited Daisy and promoted our unique inclusive vision of reverse inclusion, bringing disabled and non- disabled people together in a disability led inclusive and accessible environment. Plus our 3 ‘L’ ethos, Make them Laugh and they listen, make them Listen and they Learn’. I was proud to be selected by Sports Relief, to take part in their 1,000 mile UK run. I was privileged to be one of the 1,000 runners chosen for the event. I feel as though I am the luckiest man alive being given the opportunity to fulfil my vision.

I am of course thrilled by all this positive publicity, especially for my colleagues and the many volunteers who have been so beneficial in Daisy UK’s success but more importantly for all the inspirational people who we aspire to help. What we are doing is important and worthwhile but I do not wish to give social opportunities to young people a mere coat of paint. Remember, disabled young people of today will be the role models of the future, so long as we encourage them to get involved, increase their confidence, and self-esteem but most importantly facilitate fun… then and only then will my vision be clear

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Dave Kelly

Managing Director

Eva Eelen

Office Manager
info@daisyuk.com

Eva has a Masters degree in Sports Sciences and has many years coaching experience with both the non-disabled and disabled people.

Eva now works in our offices helping manage the day to day running and finances of Daisy Inclsuive UK.
However Eva is now on maternity leave as she has recently given birth to a beautiful baby girl called Silke Marie Kelly.

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Eva Eelen

Office Manager

Paul Gwatkin

Disability Hate Crime Officer
hatecrime@daisyuk.com

Paul's Story:

The past 3 and half years has been a bit of a rocky road, I was admitted to the Walton Neuro Centre, Liverpool in 2011. This was a life changing event that included invasive brain surgery and post-operative care. Due to my on-going condition my career in Merseyside Police ended, a job that I loved. There followed a number of personal difficulties including stopping sport as a result of debilitating daily chronic pain.

In 2013 I was given the opportunity to work at Daisy UK and in the past 16 months I have come to appreciate others who have had similar experiences and those who struggle on a daily basis. The work that Daisy UK does is second to none and the team provide free help, support, training and education for disabled children across Merseyside. The Daisy team also run a number of clubs across the city, providing activities for children whilst allowing rest for carers and parents.

Here at Daisy UK my role is to offer support and help to victims of disability related Hate crime or incidents. I will guide these people from point of contact to the point of resolution and in doing so utilise all partner agencies who also offer advice and guidance through this process. I find my job very rewarding and often see the positive impact that Daisy and others make to people’s lives. I also assist with training and motivational talks on behalf of Daisy UK in order to raise awareness of disability issues surrounding under reporting of hate related matters.

Paul recently became one of our Charity Champions

Paul is available at Hate Crime drop in centres over the Liverpool Area which you can find more info on here

Paul also helps run our South Liverpool Slam Club.

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Paul Gwatkin

Disability Hate Crime Officer

Lorna Towner

Family Liaison Officer
LTowner@daisyuk.com

I am an experienced Outreach Project Worker with a degree in social work. I have over seven years’ experience specialised in working and supporting adults and young people with learning disabilities and mental health issues. I am passionate and driven about the rights of young people and their role within society. I have strong facilitation and support experience as well as the energy and determination to encourage and engage young people. I also have the key attributes needed for working at Dasiy which are care, compassion and empathy.

My role as a Family Support Officer is identified through the Daisy Chain. My role is around point of contact. I engage and support families and disabled beneficiaries to access Daisy’s service provision but more importantly develop plans of support around counselling, independent living and respite care. I aim to provide information, advice and advocacy for client’s complex needs, develop risk assessments and provide one to one support to families and young people.

I enjoy my new role because every day is different in Daisy and I work with a wide range of people from different partner agencies to a range of different support needs. I feel valued and respected within Daisy and feel like a valuable member of the team.

I want to develop my role by making sure that Daisy continues to reach the more isolated and vulnerable people of our society by developing stronger links within the community. I would like to see an established parent steering group and a more streamline approach to accessing Daisy’s service provision.

I am working in a much bigger staff team than I am use to, but get on well with everyone and enjoy coming to work every day, to hopefully make a difference to the people I support and help.

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Lorna Towner

Family Liaison Officer

John Sweeney

Personal Assistant
info@daisyuk.com

John has worked with Daisy Inclusive UK for just over 2 years and helps facilitate clubs, courses and events by; driving the minibus, collecting equipment and being a great asset to the team.

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John Sweeney

Personal Assistant

Allan Jones

Activities & Cultural Officer
info@daisyuk.com

Allan has been with Daisy for nearly 5 years and works closely with all of our young people, Allan helps to run and facilitate all of our sports and activity clubs.

Allan also has a keen interest in Music and is the drummer for many bands including Space, supper fast girly show and more.
With the passion and talent Allan is known for bringing out the best in some of our youngsters.

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Allan Jones

Activities & Cultural Officer

Madison Broadhurst (Maddi)

Inclusive Sports Coach
info@daisyuk.com

Maddi plans and help to organise the majority of our Sports and Activities, Maddi also helps assist with training courses and events.

Maddi is currently studding at Liverpool John Mores University to achieve a BA Honours in Sports Development.
The work at Daisy Inclusive UK that Maddi undertakes helps towards her understanding and knowledge of inclusion and multi sports.

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Madison Broadhurst (Maddi)

Inclusive Sports Coach

Rose Boyd

Cleaning Operative
info@daisyuk.com

Rose is our in-house cleaning operative, who ensures our facilities are clean and safe for all of our young people.
Rose has worked as a commercial and domestic cleaner for many years, which means she has lots of relevant industry knowledge and experience.

Rose is Daisy Inclusive UK's ray of sunshine always gauntleted to put a smile on the teams face with her rendition of "its a brand new day..."

Rose is a great member of the Daisy team.

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Rose Boyd

Cleaning Operative

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---Meet Our Volunteers...

All Daisy Inclusive UK staff & volunteers are all Enhanced checked by the Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS) and cleared.
The DBS checks help enable us to ensure that all of our service users are in a safe environment. To find out more about DBS check see here.

See a full up to date list of our clubs here or a complete summary of events and activities on our calendar

If you would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact us or call: 0151 220 2319.