Meet the Team

Rachel Metcalfe – Charity Manager and Macmillan Rural Health Outreach Coordinator

Rachel  farms sheep in the Edale Valley with her husband and children and has come from an education background. Rachel joined us in August 2017 as our Macmillan Health Outreach Coordinator. Where ever you find Rachel you can be sure there is a warm welcome usually involving tea, cake and a listening ear so please do ring if you or your family are affected by cancer and you feel you need to talk.

Separate to her Macmillan work Rachel  has now taken on responsibility for  our social groups, she is great at sorting out venues and speakers and gathering together our groups in various rural locations.

Lorna Critchlow  – Rural Resilience and Business Development Coordinator

Lorna is a farmer’s daughter who lives on a dairy farm in the Staffordshire Moorlands. She worked in journalism for over 10 years before leaving to start a family and then went on to re-train as an accountant.

Lorna will be offering practical support while helping connect rural businesses with some of the brilliant support services in our area, as well as facilitating new opportunities for people to access skills and experiences to make them more resilient through forums, workshops and networking events.

Having someone to talk to about your business can really help to put things in perspective and make finding a way forward more achievable, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you think we can help you or someone you know.

Meet the Trustees –

Update coming soon…

Meet the volunteers:

John Thomas – Volunteer


John is a long time volunteer supporter of the centre who helps with all things technological, he also joins Pauline in leading our monthly Walks for Health he also helps with dementia friendly walks.

Pauline Bramley – Volunteer


Pauline is pictured here centre with her group is our trained Walks for Health Leader she is a recently retired Physiotherapist , having worked in Sheffield community services for over 25 years , Pauline is a farmers daughter with a continuing small arable farm business in West Yorkshire which she manages since her Dad passed away recently. Her hobbies include golf , walking and music( including being in a choir and learning to play guitar), bridge, holidays, theatre. Fitness Pilates etc.

She says: “I volunteer because I’m very grateful for my life and want to give something back. I love people especially those from a farming background who are so resilient, hard working and fun. Its great to get out of doors and enjoy our lovely Derbyshire countryside.”

Ged Fitzgibbon – Volunteer

Long time supporter of the centre, he has helped the charity with many tasks, from decorating to playing carols for our Rural Social Group. Ged provides us with invaluable support for the production of the website.

Liz Broomhead   – Volunteer

Liz is our Hartington community champion –  she has helped set up the group, gets the room ready and helps with transport.  Liz you’re a star!

Al Quine – Volunteer

Al helps us on an occasional basis with  serving tea and cakes and as you can see the washing up, she is a friendly face for the members of our monthly Hartington group to meet.  If this is something you could do at any of our locations we would love to hear from you, please telephone: 01629 810903.

Rodger and the Boylestone Volunteers

Rodger and the Boylestone Volunteers help support the monthly groups programme