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
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.
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.
Kerry has a background in training and supporting people in personal and professional development. Her career has been spent working exclusively within the education and Third Sector, in a range of front-facing advice and support organisations; as a qualified teacher, NVQ Assessor and learning coach.
Kerry ‘s specific interest is in promoting wellbeing at work and helping individuals and organisations to establish workplace cultures which promote connection, effective communication and healthy relating. Outside of work, Kerry is an ethical vegan and animal advocate. She is currently undertaking a PhD which explores the inter-relationships between humans and other animals and her research interests are focussed on how best to change the world for animals.
Nez has recently completed a BSc in Psychology with Counselling as a mature student. She has a keen interest in promoting mindfulness as a psychological aid to wellbeing and is currently undertaking further study with a view to becoming a qualified counsellor/psychotherapist. Nez is a registered British Sign Language/English Interpreter and continues to do this skilled work whilst working with Valleys Steps. Consequently Nez is experienced in supporting and engaging with people from marginalised communities living in Wales. She is passionate about inclusivity and equality as well as eliminating discrimination and removing societal barriers.
Nez has an interest in women’s health issues and is actively involved in providing access to psycho-educational support for women, whilst highlighting how the menopause impacts women’s psychological wellbeing.
Nez has a keen interest in yoga, pilates and walking with her dogs, and has recently signed up to start learning Welsh.
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