Our Team

OUR TEAM

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Taqwa Galpin
Founder & Care Manager

Taqwa formed In Friendship in 2020, having spent the last 12 years working with a range of private and public care and support organisations, she discovered her passion working with older people which drove her decision to develop a high quality client-led personal assistant service.

 

Taqwa's experience ranges from public service for Thames Valley Police as a Community Support Officer to domiciliary care, care within client homes to more recently working as a qualified Dementia Advisor for Dementia Oxfordshire as part of Age UK.

 

Taqwa's passion is now engrained into In Friendship's belief that all clients are deserving of the highest level quality of care that is built by the client, for the client.

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John Galpin
Care Manager

John joined In Friendship in 2021, supporting his wife and business founder Taqwa Galpin grow the business in Oxfordshire and West Berkshire.

 

John has over 20 years experience in client support and business management within the IT sector. He's worked in several roles, from starting his early career as computer hardware engineer travelling many miles along the M4 corridor to heading up technical operation departments for small and large IT service providers.

 

John has transferred the skills and experience he has generated to provide back office operational support to In Friendship, thus allowing the team to concentrate on what they love most - supporting their wonderful clients.

 

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Claire Sherlock
Care & Support Worker

West Oxfordshire

Claire has worked in the Care sector as a Nursery Nurse for several years. After stepping out of childcare to raise her own family Claire chose to follow a different path and became a volunteer coordinator working to enrich the lives of adults with disabilities, helping them participate in leisure and learning opportunities. This role was very rewarding for a few years but sadly loss of government funding meant Claire resumed her work as a Nursery Nurse but continued searching for a more fulfilling role working more closely with clients to do what she can to enhance their lives in simple yet practical ways.

Claire joined In Friendship in November 2021. She describes herself as a people person; caring, patient, very relaxed and with a calm, pragmatic approach to life.  As well as being able to read people and observe them as only a caregiver can, she also helped look after a close family member with Dementia and feels at ease with people of all age groups.

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Verity Luckett
Care & Support Worker

West Oxfordshire

Verity is the newest member of our team who joined In Friendship in May 2022 and, after spending several years working in a care home as a Senior Carer, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to In Friendship.

 

Verity is incredibly passionate about caring for other people, something realised following a very difficult period in her life providing care to her late mother and father. Verity's first hand personal and professional experience is testament to her natural desire to put other peoples needs ahead of her own.

 

Verity very much enjoys supporting people out in the local community, ensuring they continue living a normal life and doing the things that they love most.

 

Outside of work, Verity loves being out in the fresh air, gardening and spending time with her dogs. 

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Helen Smith
Care & Support Worker

Oxford City

Helen joined the In Friendship team in September 2021 and is currently working with our amazing clients in the City.

 

Helen is highly experienced in the care sector, spending much of her career working for a busy Care Company in Oxford. Helen was looking for a role where she could spend more time with her clients and forming close relationships with people in her local community. The role at In Friendship and our "no rush" approach at appointments made for the perfect role and we were delighted to welcome Helen into our team.

 

  Helen describes herself as a natural caregiver. She feels the best thing about her current role with In Friendship is the length of the visits.

 

 "This gives us a chance to provide care, support as well as time to get to know our clients needs and be able to fulfil them"

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Jo Aplin
Care & Support Worker

South Oxfordshire

Jo joined the In Friendship team in February 2022, whom after working over 20 years as a trained hairdresser, took the decision to change career into the care sector and follow her passion for working and supporting other people.

Jo's aptitude and desire to help others really shines through in her personality. She's a naturally caring person that clients instantly warm to and we are delighted to have her on our team. 

"I’ve been thinking about changing my career path and wanted to do something to help others. Joining in friendship has helped me to do this. Knowing that I’m making a difference to peoples lives is such a lovely feeling. I’m looking forward to continuing to meet new people and building relationships with them"