Oundle School Mencap Holidays is run entirely by volunteers, who give up at least a week of their lives every year to provide excellent one-to-one care.
The primary carers are 6th formers largely from Oundle School who provide one-on-one care, 24 hours a day, for the whole holiday. These helpers are the lifeblood of our holiday and make sure that all of the children have a fun, engaging and safe week.
Our amazing helpers are supported by 12 undergraduate-age Group Leaders – all with at least three years’ experience on the holiday. They demonstrate good practice, provide the first line of support for our helpers and children and keep everyone in the right place at the right time.
Supporting our helpers and Group Leaders is our senior team, consisting of older volunteers now in employment in a wide range of jobs.
Kate TaylorOSMH, SJSCH & Mencap Outdoors Holiday Leader
Kate is quite simply the Queen of OSMH Previously she has been a special needs teacher, head of a special school and has worked with Autism Outreach. She has been involved since 1983, and won a National Mencap Award in 2012 for her committment.
Richard AndrewsOSMH Founder & Trustee
Over thirty years ago, Richard had the extraordinary idea to use the resources of Oundle School to provide a residential summer holiday for youngsters with disabilities. Without the dedication, devotion and vision of this remarkable individual we would not have a holiday. His continued support and wisdom remains invaluable.
Robin BanerjeeOSMH House Leader & Trustee
Robin is a teacher at Oundle School, but has been volunteering on the holiday since he was a pupil there. He runs the recruitment of new volunteers to the holiday along with one of the two houses.
Ed Barker (Doggie)OSMH House Leader & Trustee
Doggie is an investment professional, living and working in London. He looks after all things financial for the charity and is a born organiser.
Andrew Blythman (Skills)OSMH Senior Helper
Skills has been involved with OSMH since 2004, and was elected as the Senior Helper Representative on the Board of Trustees in 2017. He lives in London with his wife Emily and works as a Management Consultant.
Alice Callander (AlCal)OSMH Senior Helper & Nurse
AlCal is a trained nurse, living and working in London, and is part of the dedicated medical team on the holiday.
Anna ClishOSMH Medical Lead & Trustee
Anna is a busy wife and mother of three, living in Doncaster. She is a key part of the holiday medical team as well as playing a significant role in pre holiday organisation and planning.
Jonathan ClishOSMH Senior Helper
Clishy spends much of his time on the holiday looking after his three daughters, but has been volunteering since 1991 when he was brought along by then girlfriend (now wife), Anna.
Tom CollierOSMH Senior Helper
Tom joined the Senior Team in 2015, having recently returned from a stint in Kuala Lumpur. He now lives in London, having embarked on a career as a lawyer. He has previously volunteered with both Mencap Outdoors and SJSCH.
Sam ConeOSMH Senior Helper
Sam spends his days as a PR Manager in the horseracing industry, but has been involved with OSMH since 2005. He lives in London and has previously volunteered with both Mencap Outdoors and SJSCH.
Kate Cooper-Owen (KCO)OSMH Senior Helper
Kate lives in London and is a Social Media Exec, working on loads of high profile events, including the Brit Awards. She produces the fab videos you can see on this site and has been involved with OSMH since 2005.
Eddie DoveOSMH & SJSCH Trustee
Eddie is one of the founding pillars upon which OSMH was built. He is currently a Headmaster in South London where he lives with his family. He and his wife Bec are also involved running SJSCH.
Andy FahrenheimOSMH Senior Helper
Andy is a lawyer from London, who joined the Senior Team in 2016. Andy brings plenty of enthusiasm to our holidays, as well as his professional skills to assist us throughout the year advising and assisting the OSMH Trustees on legal and compliance issues.
Jo FlotoOSMH Trustee
Jo works for the BBC and currently lives in China with his wife and daughters. He was a favourite on the holiday for many years, was instrumental in the charity forming and is now acting as our ‘external trustee’, providing us, as ever, with wisdom and support.
Andy GibsonOSMH Senior Helper
Andy is an integral part of the team, having brought huge levels of enthusiasm and enjoyment to OSMH since 2010. He makes the fantastic effort to travel from his home in Goa, where he is a vet, to take part in the holiday.
Jess HumeOSMH Senior Helper & Mencap Outdoors Volunteer
Jess joined the Senior Team in 2015. She lives in Nottingham, having recently graduated from Cambridge University and works for an educational charity providing support for young people in disadvantaged communities.
Ally ItaniOSMH Medical Lead & Mencap Outdoors Volunteer
Ally is a Doctor and the medical lead on the Summer Holiday. She is married to Riyan, and the team were delighted to welcome baby Sophie to OSMH in 2015!
Riyan ItaniOSMH Senior Helper & Mencap Outdoors Volunteer
Riyan is a chartered surveyor living in Suffolk with his wife, Ally, who he proposed to during a holiday sing-song. He has been involved with OSMH since 1997 and is the master of all the fab photography we enjoy every year.
Gabriella KirkOSMH Senior Helper
Bella is new to the team in 2017, but will bring years of experience of the holiday with her. She currently lives in South London and is training to be a Primary School Teacher.
Livvie KirkbrideOSMH & SJSCH Senior Helper
Livvie is one of the most popular members of the Senior Team, having been involved since she graduated from Oxford in 2014. She now lives in London and works as a Management Consultant.
Hannah MurphyOSMH Senior Helper
Hannah has volunteered with OSMH since 2006, and offers a huge amount of love and enthusiasm for the holiday. She lives in London working as a journalist, but is also a talented musician, singing in a choir and leading a band.
Alex Ringer (Sting)OSMH Senior Helper, Mencap Outdoors Volunteer
Sting is a role model for many of the team at OSMH, having been involved since 1999. He lives in London with his wife Jessamine and daughter Aria, who both are involved in SJSCH and Mencap Outdoors.
Katrina Rowe (KK)OSMH Senior Helper
KK will join the senior helper team in 2017, having started teaching in a South London school on the Teach First programme. Everyone is looking forward to having her on board!
Tessa Stanley-PriceOSMH Senior Helper & Mencap Outdoors Volunteer
Tessa is a professional fundraiser and does a brilliant job of leading OSMH in this area. She is currently on a round the world travel adventure, but still finds time to help people organise madcap fundraising plans!
Sam SmithOSMH Senior Helper
Yorkshireman Sam has volunteered with the holiday since 2010, and is currently studying medicine at the University of Liverpool. He joined the Senior Team in 2016 as our resident swimming costume expert.
Claire TaylorOSMH Senior Helper
Claire is a qualified SEN teacher, currently living in Singapore with her husband, Harry. Her professional expertise and caring nature are invaluable to both OSMH and SJSCH.
Jess TaylorOSMH Senior Helper
Jess has been involved with OSMH almost all of her life, coming along to visit the holiday as a youngster with her mum Kate. Happily, she's now a hugely valued member of the team, offering a wealth of experience.
Caroline Wright (Caz)OSMH Senior Helper
Caz is the creative driving force of OSMH, bringing innovative ideas and limitless enthusiasm. She co-ordinates creative activities for the Summer Holiday, Mencap Outdoors and SJSCH amongst a mountain of other things!