25 Mashford Ave
I left school with no formal education in 1969 and worked in the local textile factories.
After marrying in 1975, while raising my two children and fostering two children, I worked from home as a seamstress, designing and making “Bridle Wear”, and also ran a Bed & Breakfast from our home.
During and after raising my children, my working life was as a head Chef. And working in the voluntary sector for almost forty years, working with drug addicts through to rehabilitation.
I have always been very involved with “Crafts” using traditional skills.
I have a passion to work with people with disabilities, and would like to set up my own workshop/support organisation, providing help and support through Design and Craft.
I believe I have strong organisational skills, and enjoy working along side other people with similar desires, who have a passion to support the community.
The furniture re-cycle project “ResTored” aired in 1993 on BBC “Songs of Praise”
June 1990 City & Guilds
Cookery for the Catering Business Credit
October 2003 Intermediate Certificate in food safety Credit
April 2004 Management Skills for Tourism
August 2014 BTEC Level 3 Subsidairy Diploma
In Art and Design Merit
2000 ResTored – Manager
I see the worthiness of the project and results of my voluntary work, through the people I meet on a daily basis.
And I have learned a great deal about, the daily running of a voluntary organisation, book keeping, office administration, computer skills, meeting planning and working with people with disabilities of all kinds.
2004 – Supporter and volunteer – Children Walking Tall – Shermina Maxspencer
To be instrumental in the setting up of the organisation and the joy of seeing street children being supported on a daily basis and their happy faces. Also that anything can be achieved through determined compassion.
1984 – 2000
My position was head chef at the Endsleigh Hotel, with 30 covers. My responsibilities involved cooking, organising and executing the daily running of a restaurant, Menu’s, food ordering and organising and supporting the kitchen and waiting staff
2013-14 – Completed a foundation course in Art & Design
2000 – Set up and ran a furniture re-cycle project called “ResTored” in Dartmouth for eight years, with the help of volunteers from various backgrounds. The BBC Songs of Praise aired the project in 2004. Through this project I also ran a “Credit Union” banking system, again helping to support the local community working from the shop premises.
As a result of the above project, it was able to help set up and support financially a project called “Children Walking Tall” in Goa, India. Supporting street children with food, shelter and education.
My husband has been a church minister and I operated these organisations through the church, with the help of volunteers.
I have been privileged to return to Goa on several occasions over the years to support the charity “Children Walking Tall”
Shermina Maxspencer – Children Walking Tall- Nottingham
Mr. M. Smith – Endsleigh Hotel
Mr G. Newman – South Devon College