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.
Data and Communications Officer
Keelan moved on from the University of South Wales with a HND in Software Engineering, after which he moved into freelance work within the digital design and web development area working with a verity of clients across Wales. He joined Valleys Steps overseeing the analysis and management of mental health assessment data/databases and went on to demonstrate his skills and abilities within the information technology field developing his role with Valleys Steps into Data and Communications Officer and now provides a wide array of technical support to the Valleys Steps team.
Well-being Course Practitioner
Bethan has a Psychology BSc (Hons) degree, and an MSc in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology. She has a wealth of experience in voluntary and paid roles, particularly in mental health and emotional wellbeing. Before joining Valleys Steps, Bethan was a Wellbeing Mentor, working with University students to help them improve their wellbeing and manage various mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. Bethan volunteered with Valleys Steps in her spare time before taking on the role of Wellbeing Course Practitioner.
Marie has joined Valleys Steps as a Financial Assistant who is responsible for the day-to-day financial
Well-Being Course Practitioner
Clare McRobbie was a teacher for over 22 years starting her teaching career in Glasgow and then Cardiff where she was Head of School-Pupil Development and Wellbeing in an inner-city school in Cardiff. She initially trained to teach Mindfulness in 2012 to address the rising levels of stress and anxiety and improve the wellbeing of the students in the school
In 2015 she left teaching to devote her time to teaching Mindfulness and Wellbeing courses and to study part-time at the University of Exeter where she recently gained an MSc in Psychological Research Practice and Research and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.
Over the years Clare has taught several Mindfulness-Based courses to adults and young people in schools, communities and workplace settings. She is listed as a Mindfulness Teacher in the British Association of Mindfulness-Based Approaches (BAMBA) and follows the Good Practice Guidelines for teaching Mindfulness-based courses. She joined Valleys Steps in January 2019 as a Wellbeing Course Practitioner.
Clare has a BA Soc Sci, PGCE(Sec), PG Dip Guidance and MSc in Psychological Research Practice and Research and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.
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.
College Wellbeing Practitioner
Charlotte has a variety of experience in the Third Sector and with young people, in both voluntary and paid positions, as well as a strong research background. She has degrees in Psychology (BSc Hons, PhD) and is currently working towards a postgraduate qualification in Counselling. Her previous roles have been diverse, from working in a multidisciplinary team with young people going missing to coordinating volunteer projects in a small charity to providing phone support to victims of crime. Charlotte also has trustee experience. Her previous role involved supporting young people in the Gwent area with their wellbeing on a one-to-one and group basis, with a focus on empowerment. In addition to working part-time at Valleys Steps, Charlotte also volunteers for an online support service for young people.
Judith has extensive experience in mental health and wellbeing, having started her career as a mental health support worker and undertaken a range or roles since. She holds a degree in Zoology from Swansea University and has keen interest in the links between outdoor activities – such as horticulture, care farms and green woodworking – and emotional wellbeing. Judith has also has project management, community development and advocacy experience. She ran a therapeutic community allotment for approximately ten years, supported the establishment of peer-led community groups and enabled a number of people to have their say on a range of issues.
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.
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