Voluntary Management Committee

Chris Parapia - Chairperson

Before ASAS I was a qualified social worker and continued in this field for 37 years with the disabilities team within Leeds City Council.

I have been on the committee since ASAS started and was instrumental in setting it up. This was after realising that there was very little appropriate provision, for children with additional needs in the area that was fun, safe and caring. I have been proud to see ASAS expand over the years into the organisation it is today, and the commitment of all our staff and volunteers in helping ASAS to achieve this., Even now after so many years I still get a thrill when I see the children and young people enjoying themselves.

Outside of ASAS I enjoy being with my 4 little grandchildren, going out and about, keeping fit and lots more....

Sarah Lee - Vice Chairperson

I knew of ASAS as many of the children and young people (and their parents) that I worked with, benefited from attending the playschemes and residentials.


When I retired  (I was a community paediatrician in the area), I asked Chris Parapia if there was anyway I could help and she suggested I became a trustee. It has been fascinating to learn all that goes into making the scheme work (mostly hard work from Jo, with Chris keeping on top of the legalities of a charity but many others contribute).


I particularly enjoyed being part of the team at the Christmas Activity Day (my contribution being laminating the calendars) and seeing the pleasure of the children and young people who attended.

Jo Galasso - Project Manager

I’ve worked for ASAS since summer 1991, when my son was 6 months old.


I absolutely love my work, getting paid is a bonus. I have 2 philosophies one -‘everything is do-able’ and we strive to fulfil this when meeting the individual needs of the children we work with, two – ‘Que cera cera, what will be will be’ we can’t always change some things – but we can have a damn good try.

Once we didn’t receive the funding we needed for our residentials so when I met with the person holding the purse strings unfortunately I was overcome with emotion and cried so she changed the panel’s decision and we got the funding.

Liam Sanders - Assistant Project Manager & Scheme Nurse

I've worked for ASAS since 2010, formally a leader and then progressing to the scheme nurse in 2015, and most recently to the role of Assistant Project Manager in 2017. I also have the role of IT Manager ensuring all our systems operate safely and effectively.

Outside of ASAS I work as a nurse for the NHS, keeping my skills up to date in a variety of settings. 

The best part of ASAS for me, is seeing the children being themselves and having fun, doing activities that they may otherwise struggle to do without support. I love what I do and see it as a hobby not a job!

Siân Dempsey - Administrator

My ASAS journey began in 2006 when I first volunteered for the charity. I went on to become a Junior Leader and then a Leader and loved every minute! The charity has always been very important to myself and my family, so I was thrilled to return to ASAS as the Administrator in January 2020 and have greatly enjoyed working so closely with all the parents and carers. I am passionate about disability rights and the importance of safe and accessible opportunities for all. I am therefore proud to be part of making sure ASAS is an amazing place for staff to work and a safe and fun environment for children of all ages and ability levels to enjoy. Please get in touch if you have any questions!  

Zoe Cartwright - Volunteer Coordinator

I was a secondary school teacher for 16 years and decided to take a break from this career after starting a family. I have been involved with ASAS as a parent of a child with additional needs for nearly 6 years, so I know first hand what an amazing charity they are, providing invaluable experiences for children and young people and giving us parents some much needed respite. I took on the role as Volunteer Coordinator in January 2020 and have loved getting to know all the fantastic people who make this charity tick. We are always on the lookout for new volunteer play workers and volunteer fundraisers to join the team, so if this is something you’d be interested in, drop me a line - I’d love to hear from you!

Andy Mosby - Committee Member

I was a social worker from 1984 till my retirement last year, presently I’m a part time learning assistant at Bradford College.

I’ve been on the committee for ASAS since 1989!!! I like being on the committee because I’ve seen over the years how much the children enjoy themselves, and the benefits to parents and siblings of having a much needed break.

Outside work I enjoy listening to and playing music, walking, being with family, and worshipping and volunteering at my local church.

Jenny Jeffels - Committee Member

Being part of ASAS makes me feel alive and gives me purpose in my retirement.

I regularly volunteer during the play schemes and after the schemes I wash, dry and iron all the scheme t-shirts ; make sure that the first aid is all in order and keep the Go-Bags topped up and ready for every Scheme, Activity day and residential short break.

Emma Midgley - Committee Member & Treasurer

In 2018, I was invited to become a committee member and gladly accepted, having volunteered to help at a few local fundraising events. I simply wanted to do something more to help this wonderful charity. As a family we benefit greatly from the incredible work of ASAS. Becoming a committee member gives me the chance to help ASAS to continue their work in supporting children and families like ours.

I am looking forward to learning all about ASAS and helping to raise vital funds.  Outside of ASAS I am a very busy mum or four. I enjoy being with my family and friends, reading and the occasional Saturday off.

Kathie Hunter - Committee Member

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