Otterhayes Trust was formed as a not-for-profit company with
charitable status in 1984 on the site where the Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary first began. It was formed by Jim and Carolyn Allen, who
were the Trusts main management for 30 years. Both Jim and Carolyn have had many years experience in working with Learning Disabilities. Jim is qualified in special education and art, and spent many years' teaching in a special school, and Carolyn is a qualified nurse for Learning
Disabilities, and has had three years assessing NVQ 4 in Care
Jim and Carolyn have retired
but both play an active role within the board of Trustees and act as
Their daughters, Lisa and Fiona, are now the main management of
the Trust, who report to a board of trustees.
They have many years experience in this field, are both qualified in Care Management and
have attained a Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People Services.
To complete the team the Trust employs a further 18 staff with a variety of skills and qualifications. The Trust prides itself in providing ongoing training and qualifications covering a variety
of essential topics for the benefit of all residents.