Our Team

Sarah Thorp

Sarah Thorp    Director

Having lived in Devon for most of my life, I now live in Denbury with my family and teenage son Zach (who you will find is part of our team too!)
This project has been a dream for what feels like an eternity and I am so proud of what we have achieved so far! 

Our team are completely inspirational. Seeing skills and confidence flourish and proving that everyone has so much to offer the world of work and our community, given an enabling environment, is hopefully just the start of our adventure.

Amanda Pugh    Director

With a passion for advocacy and inclusion for people with additional needs, I’m really excited to be involved with this fantastic project!


We are already seeing a real sense of support from the local community and the breaking down of some barriers.


Watching our participants accomplish new skills, grow in self esteem and come into work smiling makes every day worthwhile.

I live in Kingsteignton with my husband and teen daughter, Poppy.  Life is busy but I love it!


Nicola Cafe    Team Mentor

After volunteering with us last year at Newton Abbot Carnival, we couldn’t miss the opportunity of asking Nicola to join the cafe team once we opened!

Nicola brings a wealth of cafe and customer service experience after ten years at Seale Hayne’s Bistro. Her bubbly personality and enthusiastic sales skills are a great asset!
Extremely passionate about all individuals being celebrated,regardless of their abilities, she is a fantastic role model and mentor to our younger work experience team.
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Laura    1-1 Job Coach

Calm and patient, Laura is one of our 1 – 1 job coaches!

Laura has a background supporting people with mental health issues and her warm personality shines through when she is working with our Work Experience team.

Laura is a real asset to the No Limits team with her constant positivity and enthusiasm. 

Laura lives with her family and enjoys the quiet life (who can blame her!)


Poppy    Cafe Volunteer

Our youngest Work Experience member, Poppy takes her role at No Limits in her stride!

Poppy can be found confidently rustling up milkshakes or demonstrating excellent customer service skills counter side

Please come in and try one of Poppy’s specialities – Indulgent Hot Chocolate, extra cream and toppings guaranteed!
Poppy begins her GCSE’s in September but will still be joining us one afternoon a week.

Sarah    1-1 Job Coach

Sarah comes to us with a background in Learning Support.

Sarah is great at breaking tasks down into manageable steps, giving our team members a real sense of accomplishment at every task mastered!

Getting stuck into any task asked of her, she is a real team player and conscientious worker with a wealth of knowledge.

Sarah loves animals and enjoys river swimming (whatever the weather!)

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Zach    Supported Internship

Having left school with some catering, hospitality and retail qualifications, Zach joins us every Tuesday to hone these skills (and teach us a thing or two).
You’ll find Zach charming customers behind the counter, busy ably preparing lunch in the kitchen or making one of his delicious lattes.
Heading onto college in September to further study employability skills and possibly some digital skills to help us with our marketing and social media, the good news is he will continue his work experience here at No Limits and look towards a Supported Internship.

Hannah    1-1 Job Coach

Unflappable Hannah has years of experience in support work .

A steady influence for the participants she works with, Hannah is no stranger to problem solving or jumping in at a moments notice to help in a tricky situation!

Hannah is great to have on the No Limits Team, and can usually be found surrounded by milkshake sprinkles, helping a nervous particpant at the till or getting stuck into the washing up! Nothing is off limits.

Hannah is kept busy at home with her husband and young family.


Sue Jervis  Accounts Administrator

Susanne has a background in accountancy and without her numeracy skills, eye for detail and keeness for accuracy we would be lost!

Coming to our rescue two days a week, she fine tunes everything ‘office side’ and helps keep things running smoothly.  

We top her up with coffees to keep her going!

In her spare time Sue enjoys the country life, living on a farm, with her family, husband ( and quite a few cows!)


Lois    Work Experience

Lois is really growing in confidence after just a few sessions working with us and is absolutely brilliant in the kitchen.

A fan of sweet things (who isn’t?!) she’s brilliant at rustling up Brownies or assisting with salad prep and our hot deli items!
Lois is also now enjoying more of the customer service aspect of cafe work and is mastering the till and front of house.
A valued member of the No Limits team, Lois will be heading off to South Devon College in the Autumn to study for her Work & Independence Qualification.
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Tom    Work Experience

Tom is always keen to do any task asked of him and his confidence is really shining through.

Having completed his Barista Training, Tom is more than confident independently whipping up a Latte or Hot Chocolate.
Tom is also gaining in confidence serving customers and delivering food and drinks to the table.
If you pop in on a Friday you may well be met by the dulcet tones of ‘Mr Bean’ coming from the kitchen ….. don’t worry, it’s just Tom entertaining us with his impersonations
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Zac has a real ‘can do’ attitude and after completing a Work Experience programme with us (where he gained certification in  Level 2 Food Hygiene & Safety, Allergy Awareness and Barista Skills!) we are extremely fortunate that he now volunteers with us one day a week.

Polite, professional and with an intricate knowledge of all there is to know on the Barista side, he uses his inititave and is an excellent team member.

A busy individual, Zach has also volunteered at the Pow Wow cafe in Teignmouth for quite some time so we are really pleased he has also found time for us! 


Vanessa    Transition Support Coach 

Vanessa volunteers her time with us and gets to know our participants over their time at No Limits; supporting them in their search for employment opportunities, training options and/or educational choices – their next step!

Coming from a career in teaching and senior management, Vanessa’s background is in mentoring young people, particularly Post 16; helping them secure employment, training and assisting and advising with Further and Higher Education choices.

Vanessa works on the ethos that “Enpowering young people and recognising their skills and unique talents is key”


Samuel  Work Experience  

Samuel is here on Mondays and works a full day with us. He is a massive Car fan ( especially Sarah’s VW Camper Van! ), 
Samuel has lots of valuable skills gained from his time at Bicton College where he is now studying Vocational options!
He is particularly experienced in gardening, car washing and driving tractors.
Samuel is doing fantastically both serving customers and working in the kitchen, he’s also a whizz at washing up without being asked  Samuel is looking forward to starting to use the coffee machine and completing his Barista certificate in the New Year

Anna  Work Experience


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