I have taken over responsibility of the Northwich Rowing Club Welfare Officer from Lisa Murphy. My name is Maggie Gardner Smock and I am mother to Victoria Gardner (Junior rower) and Abi (golden retriever dog). I also have an adult daughter who rides horses and doesn’t row!
I have been coming to the club for the past 4 years in a supporting and volunteering role, so am familiar with many of the club events and traditions, committee members, club officers, coaches, rowers and parents.
My background includes nursing at various levels in both the UK and South Africa, followed by a 21year career in healthcare and global marketing. Having recently completed a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology, I am currently a Young Persons’ Counsellor working with 11-19 year olds in East Cheshire in association with CAMHS (Children and Adolescents Mental Health Services). I work both in schools and at the Visyon centre in Congleton offering talking therapy and creative workshops and programmes aimed at improving the emotional and psychological wellbeing of young people and their families. I am also a volunteer counsellor at St. Luke’s Hospice in Winsford and am a registered member of BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy).
Where children and young people are under the care and/or control of one or more adults, the adult(s) have a duty to take responsible care to ensure their safety. This duty rests, at different levels, on the coach, the club and it’s management or officers, British Rowing and those who advise it.
Fundamentally, duty of care means that a rowing club needs to take such measures that are reasonable in the circumstances, so that individuals will be safe in participating in the training or racing which they have been offered or which is permitted at the club.
Duty of care is the duty to ensure the safety and welfare of others and occurs in two ways, a LEGAL duty of care and a MORAL duty of care. Details of these duties and responsibilities can be found on www.britishrowing.org
I can be contacted by e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 07771555748, for any concerns regarding the welfare of both our members and visitors to Northwich Rowing Club.