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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Tamsin Hudson
Care & Support Worker

West Berkshire

Tamsin has been helping people throughout her career as an HR Manager, Dementia Advisor, and most recently as a volunteer Befriender.  She brings lots of transferable skills with her to her new role with In Friendship - listening, empathy, supporting & caring - these have been part and parcel of what she has been doing for over 30 years.  

 

Tamsin began her working life in the Diplomatic Service at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, living in Denmark, Poland and Cameroon whilst working in our British Embassies overseas.  She then progressed into a career in Human Resources attaining her professional HR qualification in her 40s and then her Dementia qualification in her 50s.  Having cared for a close family member who had Alzheimer's, Tamsin feels it is such a privilege looking after & supporting others, and she is very much looking forward to meeting and getting to know her new clients.

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Thelma Nicholas
Care & Support Worker

South Oxfordshire

Thelma joined In Friendship in July 2021, having had a varied career in clerical and secretarial roles both in UK and South Africa where she emigrated for a while in her 20s. 

 

Thelma took a career break when her children came along and was happy being a full-time Mum, returning to her clerical and secretarial career thereafter. 

 

Thelma became Carer for her late Mother, so already has the perfect experience and knowledge for her role with In Friendship.  Thelma is well renowned for her cooking skills, and is known by her family as “The Feeder”! 

 

Thelma says the thing she likes best about her role with In Friendship is the pure satisfaction she receives in knowing she has given help to someone and shown a lot of love & care.

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Helen Smith
Care & Support Worker

Oxford City

Helen has spent most of her working life to date working for a busy Care Company in Oxford.  She was looking for a role where she could more closely support people in the community. 

 

Helen joined In Friendship in September 2021 and is currently working with clients in the Headington area. 

 

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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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