Volunteer Support Officer
Prior to joining Valleys Steps, Jane primarily worked for community based organisations. Her work within Adult Education in particular, organising community based learning, gives Jane a wealth of knowledge and understanding of local issues which she is now utilising to support the delivery of the project and its aims.
Paul has worked in a variety of industries and has over ten years experience of supporting ?students in Higher Education. He has completed a BSc. and Masters Degree in Counselling in the Family Institute at the University of South Wales. Paul has experience of working and volunteering in the third sector, delivering adult education courses in the community and as a volunteer counsellor for several agencies.
Marie has joined Valleys Steps as a Financial Assistant who is responsible for the day-to-day financial
Finance & Data Administrator
Prior to Valleyssteps, Rowena worked for a Government Department for over 26 years. Rowena has a passion for being involved in community work and talking to people. She volunteers for a local food bank and has a keen interest in crafting and walking
Well-Being Course Practitioner
Max has worked in various mental health settings and roles for roughly ten years. His experience ranges from working in high secure mental psychiatric hospitals to residential and domiciliary care settings. He has also worked in various behaviour management units educating young people with behavioural difficulties. Max has completed a degree in psychology and is currently studying a masters degree in clinical psychology. He also has an interest in hypnotherapy and business and is currently undertaking courses in these areas.
College Wellbeing Practitioner
Sue has extensive experience in health, mental health and wellbeing, working within the NHS and voluntary sectors. She began her career as a general nurse with over 15 years of service before pursuing her interest in psychology and gaining a first class honours degree. Sue went on to complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Mental Health Practice while working within the Primary Care Mental Health Team with people experiencing stress, anxiety and depression. More recently she volunteered for the Education Programmes for Patients delivering courses to people with long term health conditions, before becoming a paid coordinator. Sue regularly practices Mindfulness and yoga.
While completing BSc (Hons) Psychology and MSc Health Psychology, Hayley developed an interest in health, wellbeing and quality of life, which she took into her role as a support worker in the community and as a research assistant. Since then, she has held various roles in the third sector and became a volunteer on a mental health phone support line. While working for the NHS, she successfully piloted a project which led to the improvement of therapies services for brain tumour patients. Alongside this, she was a long-term presenter of the ACTivate Your Life ? Affected by Cancer course, which helped those affected by cancer manage the impact the illness had on their mental health and wellbeing. Hayley attended Valleys Steps courses as a service user in 2016 and completed the eight-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course. This inspired her to become a volunteer for the charity before later joining as a Student Wellbeing Practitioner.
Christina has a background in the Childcare and Education sector, working with children, young adults and adults over a vast number of years. Christina has worked in the Welsh medium sector, teaching basic Welsh language skills to both children and adults as well as assessing learners Welsh language abilities in a profession capacity. Christina has been a volunteer with us for four years now and she is delighted to be welcomed into the team.
Wellbeing course practitioner/ Student wellbeing course practitioner
Thomas has had a passion for wellbeing and helping people since graduating from university in 2014 studying BA (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies from the University of Central Lancashire from this he went on to work in private mental health support services, supporting individuals with dual diagnosis and complex needs.
Thomas then enrolled to study PGdip/MA Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of South Wales, whilst studying, he continued to further his career working as a Family Mediator, offering interventions at an earlier age as a new prevention strategy, whilst volunteering for several counselling services. Thomas then joined Valleys Steps as a Wellbeing course practitioner, for both the community team and the student team in November 2022. Thomas is a big believer in looking after the mind-body connection & their impact on each other. Through this he has developed a keen interest in breathwork, fitness and being in nature.
Student Wellbeing Practitioner
Sara has a background in Education having previously worked as a qualified teacher and Curriculum manager for over 25 years. Over the course of her teaching career, Sara developed a specific interest in supporting wellbeing for young people and qualified as a Relax Kids coach in 2010. After completing an eight week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course in 2018, Sara was inspired to go on to train to be able to deliver the Mindfulness in Schools Programme in 2019. She is now passionate about the benefits of Mindfulness for both adults and young people. Outside of work, Sara regularly practises Mindfulness and Yoga.
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