Meet the people behind Heydays

Heydays Care & Support Services was founded in 2011 by Dawn Darby and Kelly Shaw, who both felt passionately about creating a care service that could not only provide the highest standards of care, but that also made a real difference to people’s lives and the lives of their families.

Whilst the Heydays care and administrative staff teams have grown over the past ten years, both Dawn and Kelly believe that it is crucial for them as owners of the business to remain hands-on with the care of clients as regularly as possible. This allows them to ensure that the ever-changing needs of clients are being met. 

Heydays Care & Support Services prides itself on having a close professional and understanding relationship between its clients, care staff and managers. 

Find out a little more about our Founders and Senior team below. 

Dawn Darby

Dawn Darby

Co-Founder and Registered Manager

Dawn is the Co-Founder and Registered Manager of Heydays Care & Support Services.

Dawn oversees the Barrow and Furness areas of the business and has over twenty years experience within the care sector. Dawn holds a N.V.Q Level 4 in Management and an N.V.Q in Business Administration in addition to full and accredited training in many care modules including Moving & Handling, First Aid, Dementia Awareness, Safe-Guarding Vulnerable Adults, Health & Safety, Safe handling of Medication and Positive Care Practices. 

Dawn oversees much of the business governance on a day to day basis, whilst still remaining hands-on with the care side.

Kelly Shaw

Kelly Shaw

Co-Founder and Manager

Kelly is the Co-Founder and Manager of Heydays Care & Support Services.

Kelly oversees the Grange and South Lakes areas of the business and has over twenty years experience working within the care sector. Kelly holds a BA Honours Degree in Care Community & Citizenship, an N.V.Q Level 4 in Management, an N.V.Q in Business Administration and numerous accredited care training qualifications. Prior to founding Heydays, Kelly spent 12 years working in the care profession within the community and in hospitals. Kelly runs a popular, annual calendar of Heydays Day Centre’s for clients and still enjoys making regular care visits to clients.

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Di

Office Manager

Diane Creegan (who likes to be known as ‘Di’) is Heydays Receptionist and Office Manager at our Barrow

Head Office. 

Di is the friendly face and voice that greets everyone on arrival and at the end of the phone. Di is super organised and keeps our lovely team in check.

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Mags

Senior Carer, Safeguarder and Care Coordinator

Barrow & Furness

Mags Beddoes is our Senior Carer and Care Coordinator for the Barrow and Furness area. Mags is highly experienced within the care sector, having started caring when she was just 21 and has worked for Heydays for nine years. Mags manages the safeguarding and coordinates the weekly rota’s for the Barrow care team. She also loves to care for people within her local community.

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Gillian

Senior Carer &

Trainer

Barrow & Furness

Gillian Lawrence is one of our Senior Carers for the Barrow and Furness area as well as one of our staff trainers. A highly dedicated carer, Gillian has worked for Heydays for over five years and is passionate about improving the lives of others. Gillian is qualified up to NVQ Level 3 in Health & Social Care and holds a Team Leader & Management qualification.

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Hayley

Care Coordinator, Safeguarder & Trainer

Grange & South Lakes

Hayley Hill is our Care Coordinator and Manual Handling Trainer for the Grange and South Lakes area and has worked for Heydays for over six years. As well as being a dedicated and much-loved carer, Hayley looks after the safeguarding and coordinates the weekly rota’s for the Grange care team and is currently studying for her NVQ Level 4 in Health & Social Care.

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Jade

Senior Carer

Grange & South Lakes

Jade Brizio is one of our Senior Carers in the Grange and South Lakes team. Jade is a recent addition to our Heydays team and loves being able to make a difference to the lives of others. Jade is currently studying for her N.V.Q Level 3 in Health and Social Care. 

Lyndsey

Lyndsey

Senior Carer

Grange & South Lakes

Lyndsey Davies is one of our Senior Carers in the Grange and South Lakes team. Lyndsey joined Heydays early 2020 and she enjoys making a difference to people’s lives through her role. Lyndsey is currently studying for her NVQ Level 3 in Health and Social Care.

Our Carers

It takes someone special to care for others, which is why we carefully select our care staff to ensure that they are perfect for the role, possessing the right qualities and requirements.

Once they join us, staff are enrolled onto our training programme to ensure that they have the best, up-to-date knowledge of care practice.

We believe that providing continuity of care and building trusted, valued relationships between our staff and clients is of utmost importance, therefore we aim to match a small number of our staff to each of our clients. 

All of our carers are full employed by us and have been DBS checked by the Criminal Record Bureau. We believe that by supporting our staff well, they are then best equipped to support our clients.