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Reg. Company No. - 5145667
Southampton Special Purpose Workshop
Jim Parker
Managing Director

Formed SSPW - May 1993

Joined the Army when I left school, served 7 years.
Qualified as a bricklayer and was a builder for several years.
Worked for Mencap and Supported people in various care environments around Hampshire.
1989 We became Respite Carers for Adult Placement ( now known as Shared Lives). We were Carers for
18 years.
Married Jeanette in 1990.
Started SSPW in 1993 previously working closely with Social Services and the Adult Placement team
on a pilot project for domiciliary care/outreach work.
The service is based on a 'working service' which has continued over the years. Always striving to be
the best, diversifying to meet the needs and wants of all the clients we support.
2009 purchased a Farm which has now developed and evolved where I work daily (7 days) with many
people solely attending the Farm project.
2015 The Farm project was expanding and becoming busy , now Sean Parker is the General Manager of
SSPW and along with the team of staff do an excellent job to provide a quality Day Service.
Hobbies - Carriage driving my pony, enjoying time on the farm with Jeanette and the Team.
Nick Parker
Technical & Maintenance

Joined SSPW  - November 1996

Hobbies and Pastimes
- I enjoy all types of photography, DIY, holidays and spending time with my Children and Grand Children.

I worked for an industrial contractor untill the mid 90's then took a change in employent and joined SSPW temporarily in 1996. still here now and havent looked back. I enjoy spending time with my family, 3 children, (2 boys and a girl) and at present 4 grand children and now live in a bungalow with my wife of whom I married in 1988.
Sean Parker

Joined SSPW - May 2003

Hobbies and Pastimes - Photography, Theme Parks, Liverpool FC.

I joined SSPW straight after leaving school, stated as a trainer /supervisor and in 2015 I took over the Manager's role. I love coming to work and always try and make SSPW the best it can be. In my spare time I enjoy visiting Theme Parks with my wife and 2 Girls. I also spend time watching and supporting Liverpool FC.

Nick Gay
Garage Supervisor

Joined SSPW - March 2000

Hobbies and Pastimes - Diy, International Cusine, Motor Sport, Music, Saints FC, Ancient Monuments and Religions.

I am a fully qualified Production Engineer so can fix , restore or make most things Mechanical, in the past I have built and raced dragsters around Europe. I was a DJ and presented radio shows on several radio stations.
Steve Chappell
Training Supervisor

Joined SSPW - Jan 2004

Hobbies and Pastimes - Football, Music (varied taste).

Born and Bred in Portsmouth, 64 years old and married. I spent nearly 30 years in retail and wholesale Management before joining a small residential home for Adults with Special Needs, then joined sspw 2 years later.
Jackie Butler
Shop Manager

Joined SSPW - June 2009

Hobbies and Pastimes - Beer festivals, Holidays, and Family time.

Having spent 17 years working for M&S I decided I needed a career change. I spent many years previously around adults with special needs and decided I wanted to start working at SSPW and here I am 10 years later and I havent looked back. In my spare time I like spending it with my family, friends, and grandchildren, I also enjoy going to beer festivals and sampling the Ale's with my beer buddies. when I can fit it in a holiday or breakaway is a bonus.
Mike Twinn
Training Supervisor

Joined SSPW - August 2012

Hobbies and Pastimes - Cycling, Boot fairs, Cooking, Gardening.

I live in Southampton, I decided to become vegan 1 year ago. I was a printer for many years before I became a support worker/carer. I enjoy my role and feel that I can contribute to helping others.
Pat Parker
Canteen Supervisor

Joined SSPW - 2001

Hobbies and Pastimes - Holidays, Cooking, Family, spending time on the Farm.

I started working with Adults with special needs at coldeast hospital in 1979, went on to be an Adult placement carer,(now shared lives). Until 2001 when I started work at SSPW. I have always been involved in SSPW since it was started, doing food and buffets etc...
Chris Pope
Training Supervisor

Joined SSPW - May 2016

Hobbies and Pastimes - Musician/Drummer, Cycling, Cooking (vegan).

I've been self employed most of my working life as a Musician and Tradesman. I am married to Karin and have two Grown up Daughters, I Joined SSPW in 2016 to have a change of direction and help others to learn some skills.