Who We Are

We like to think of ourselves as a family, all striving to meet our aim of Access for All in all areas.

We are always looking for new members to join our family, so if you would like to join us, please get in touch.

Here are our members so far:

Steve Waltho - Access in Dudley

Cllr Steve Waltho MBE – Patron

I have been a borough Councillor for nearly 24 years and was Mayor in 2015/16 raising a record sum of £55K for local charities. I have always campaigned for those less fortunate whether that be by living circumstances, health or disability and was honoured to be asked to be Patron of Access in Dudley.

I love hills and have climbed over 300 mountains including Kilimanjaro and Everest Base Camp.

Tina-Boothroyd - Access in Dudley

Tina Boothroyd BSocC – Chair

A founding member and chairman since 2004. A double stroke survivor with a collection of 162 rings. I'm very proud of the kinship of A.I.D and the work we have and will continue to do and the difference to peoples’ lives we make.

Mary Barker – Vice – Chair

I’ve supported the rights of disabled people and worked to make where we live more accessible for many, many years. I value the friends I’ve made at Access in Dudley. I enjoy wordsearches to keep my mind active and to relax.

Anne Nicholls - Access in Dudley

Anne Nicholls - Treasurer

I’ve been paralysed since 2004 due to Transverse Myelitis. Access in Dudley gives me a purpose and we all work together to make where we live accessible. I have made some great friends through volunteering!

I enjoy crocheting and I’ve always got a new project on the go.

Sarah Offley - Access in Dudley

Sarah Offley

My name is Sarah and I have volunteered with Access in Dudley for several years. Our charities support and work together in partnership on many projects.

Access in Dudley means to me fairness, equity and a right to have your voice heard and influence change.

Fun Fact - I am fascinated by aeroplanes and will always be found at any red arrows event.

Lynn Dugmore - Access in Dudley

Lynn Dugmore

My name is Lynn. I have been part of AID friendly group for 8 years. We are involved in changing ideas and improving access in all areas of life for disabled people. I enjoy knitting and walking.

Maggie Nichols - Access in Dudley

Maggie Nicholls

My name is Maggie. I have been involved in Access in Dudley for many years, supporting my sister Anne. Over the last 2 years, I’ve been able to take a more active role following semi-retirement from the NHS.

I enjoy walking the dog and playing baritone in a local brass band.

Beth Siviter - Access in Dudley

Bethann Siviter

I am a semi-retired Registered Nurse, originally from the US but have lived in the wonderful Black Country nearly 25 years. I became disabled in 2006 when emergency spinal surgery left me with chronic pain and mobility problems; I later developed fibromyalgia, and then Neuroendocrine Cancer. I use a wheelchair outside the home and am usually accompanied by my Canine Partner Assistance Dog. I believe we must fight to ensure that disabled people enjoy full, unencumbered membership in a society that empowers and enables them.

I do watercolours and play Minecraft.

James Stansfeld - Access in Dudley

James Stansfeld

Hello! I'm James, and I've been volunteering with Access in Dudley since 2012. I am passionate about helping others, which is why I wanted to volunteer in the first place, and is why I also work full-time for another charity. My hobbies include football, tennis and horror films!

Colin Banks

Colin Banks

I joined AID in the early days when I was a Cllr and Disability Champion.

I like listening to music and seeing the CBSO playing at the Symphony Hall.