Doncaster Deaf Trust Children’s Home(s) is operational 7 days a week, 365 days of the year and run by a highly trained and dedicated team. 

Each employee is NVQ 3 qualified in Children and Young People, has British Sign Language (BSL) Certificate Level 2 (or is working towards it) and has regular safeguarding training.  

The team, which includes deaf and hearing members, are also trained in key subjects including Health and Safety, administration of medicines, diabetes, food hygiene and manual handling. Training helps create an environment of learning, which keeps everyone - including the young residents - motivated and challenged.

Staff turnover at Dickson House and the North flat are minimal, which helps provide continuity for our young residents. The team is made up of a full-time Registered Manager supported by a deputy manager, 3 Shift Leaders and 6 Residential Care Workers, including 1 Waking Night Staff.  The Home also has access to a wide range of professional staff employed by the Trust, including an on-site nurse, an Audiologist  and Speech Therapist.

At least 2 members of staff are on duty during the day and usually 3 during evening shifts, with consideration given to gender balance wherever possible. Nights are covered by a Waking Night Staff member plus one duty worker.  Staffing rotas are arranged flexibly to meet the needs of the children and young people in our care. 

Details of the staff who work at Dickson House, their length of service with the Trust and qualifications are as follows:

Care Home Management

Mrs A.R. Roberts

Responsible Person

Chair of trustees at DDT, MBE, JP, SRN

       ......

Kate Warner

Registered Manager

BA Hons, NVQ 4 in Care, CMI 5 & CMI 7 in management

BSL 1 & 2

    ....

Sue Hathaway

Deputy Manager

NVQ 3

Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care 

BSL 1,2 and 3

     ....

Shift Leaders & Care Workers 

Donna Dodds

Shift Leader

NVQ 3

Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care – in progress

BSL 1 & 2

    ..... 

Maria Dixon

Shift Leader

NVQ 3

Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care 

BSL 1 & 2

     .....

Donna Elliott

 Shift Leader

NVQ 3

BSL 1 & 2

       .....

Paul Nelson

Care Worker

Children & Young People’s Workforce Diploma

BSL 1, working towards level 2

   ....

Zoe Hebden

Care Worker

Children & Young People’s Workforce Diploma

BSL level 6

    ....

Teresa Jones

Care worker

NVQ Level 3

Working towards BSL Level 1

   .

Martin Blake

Care Worker

NVQ 3

BSL 1 & 2

Julie Greenwood

Care worker
NVQ 3
BSL level 1 & 2

Colleen Leighton

Waking Night

NVQ 3

BSL 1, working towards level 2