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Our Trustees


Rachel Yates Hoyles

I have worked in the voluntary sector for various national charities since 2003. I have gained many skills and knowledge which led to me achieving my degree in Health and Social Care in 2016 specialising in dementia and ageing. My thirst for learning and development then led me on to gaining my Postgraduate in coaching & mentoring in 2018 and my NLP practitioner (Neuro Linguistics Programme) which I hope to complete in 2021. I currently work part time for Age UK Salford leading on an online service coaching carer’s of people living with dementia over zoom. I also have my own business delivering dementia training and coaching professionals who work within organisations supporting people living with dementia and their carers. There are not many dementia coaches around especially in Rossendale, I feel very honoured to work and volunteer with lots of amazing people.

My main interests are meaningful engagement and creating dementia friendly communities, having set up a Dementia Action Alliance in Bury in 2012. Throughout my work, I have gained significant experience in developing strategy, raising the quality of dementia care, public speaking, leadership, creative thinking, developing workable solutions to challenges, developing projects and setting up community groups.

I am passionate about volunteering and supporting our Rossendale community and was delighted that my friendships with Jane and Janet lead us on to developing Made in Haslingden which has grown and developed since 2017. Having lived in Haslingden since 1992, I feel very lucky to live in such a beautiful place, surrounded by some amazing scenery and friendly people. My husband and I are regular walkers around the valley with our dog Cassie who is in training to be a therapy dog. If you see us around, please wave and say Hi


Jane Riley

I have spent a large proportion of my working career in the NHS, beginning in a clinical role and progressing through management. I am also Chartered Safety & Health Practitioner and have specialist skills in Risk Management, Corporate and Clinical Governance and am an experienced trainer. I have developed a wide range of people and resource management skills throughout my career and can co-ordinate and organise effectively whilst looking after the detail. I have managed a local Community organisation and now work in the Public sector.

I have volunteered for most of my life, starting as a young leader in a Brownie pack at the age of 14 or so and progressing via Rainbows to leading my own Brownie pack up until starting a family. I was North West Area Co-ordinator for the Leukaemia Care charity, which provided financial help and caravan holidays for people with Leukaemia and their families. This, and family experience gave me real understanding of the problems and hardships faced by families and individuals affected by serious illness. I was also a Governor and trustee of an Independent Primary School for 13 years, with the last 7 spent as Chair of Governors. 

I have lived in Haslingden for over 20 years and love the fact that although we are a town, we are surrounded by beautiful countryside – 5 minutes from home and you can be in the hills! The people make the place though - we have a great reputation in Rossendale for community action and volunteering.

Made In Haslingden started as a small idea. When Rachel and I started to explore how to make our idea a reality, we found that there was a real need to provide activities which help people overcome loneliness and which are suitable for people living with dementia. I am passionate about community working and will work to continue to develop Made In Haslingden to provide sustainable need-based activities which enable members of the community to help others in their community and beyond. 


Janet O'Driscoll

I’m Janet, the latest Director to join the Board of Made in Haslingden. However, I’ve been around from the start and was the first Made In Haslingden Volunteer. I hope I bring my various skills to the organisation but we haven’t needed my Mushy Pea steeping skill just yet!

I have, like the others, been involved in volunteering for many years. My greatest ‘event’ so far was being at the very beginning of the Rossendale Valley Motor Bike Show where I developed my passion for the volunteering community and looking after the many hundreds of volunteers who came on board with what, at it’s zenith, was the biggest event of its kind in Europe. Many thousands of pounds were raised for various charities and I had such fun working on this exhausting but exhilarating event. The lessons I learnt from the Show were that Volunteers must always be treated with respect and the welfare of volunteers remains my priority.

The Rossendale Valley never ceases to amaze me, we have a beautiful place to live and work and the generosity of citizens is truly humbling. It has been a pleasure to raise my family in such a lovely environment, and whilst I live in Rawtenstall my vested interest in Haslingden is that my son, his wife and their 4 children live just around the corner from Haslingden Community Link. I am incredibly proud that my eldest two grandchildren regularly come along to our sessions and interact with the older generation with no noticeable age gap. On a personal note, we have a person living with dementia in the family and gain valuable insight into dementia through our experience of this dreadful condition. It is my hope that one day, with research, dementia will be thought of as a curable condition just as advances in technology and treatment of cancer has shown that it can be a treatable diagnosis, not a terminal one.

Finally, just a reminder that volunteers are not paid because they are priceless. We have a fantastic team and each one of them is truly an amazing human being.