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Dan Willis

Ambassador
Dan's goal as our ambassador is to inspire other men to speak out about and live positively with their mental health. His two key strategies to help maintain his wellbeing are to regularly reflect and stay active.
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Claire Sirmulis

Active Monitoring and Counselling Team Leader

Claire is a Team Leader for our Counselling and Active Monitoring services. Claire became involved with Dorset Mind in March 2018 in a variety of roles. These included Coordinator for…

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Alan Badenhorst

Befriending Volunteer

My name is Alan and I volunteer as a Befriender for Dorset Mind - I also volunteer for some of the events and fundraisers where possible. I started volunteering because…

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Chris Tshuma

Ambassador
Ambassador Chris understands the need to break the stigma surrounding mental illness and talk about it openly. He believes we can achieve much together by understanding and supporting each other.
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Sarah Hopkins

Ambassador
Sarah has a passion for sport, having played indoor volleyball to national level. Her advice is to develop your own ‘mental health first aid kit’ as you would for physical injuries.
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Craig Mathie

Ambassador
Bournemouth 7's MD Craig is an events geek and a passionate sportsman. Craig believes that by talking about our experiences we can make real change in our community.
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Nick Rowe

Dorset Community Mental Health Alliance Project Manager

Nick is Project Manager for the emerging Dorset Community Mental Health Alliance. This is a newly forming network of non-statutory organisations who wish to work together with statutory sector organisations…

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Karen Butcher

Finance Assistant

Karen is Dorset Mind's Finance Assistant and is responsible for bookkeeping, bank reconciliations and other exciting and essential tasks! Karen comes from a long background in charities and ran a…

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Cathy Crammer

Active Monitor Practitioner

Cathy is one of our Active Monitoring Practitioners. She joined us in January 2020 and helps facilitate our Active Monitoring programme that runs in partnership with Shore Medical. Cathy is…

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Talya Disagciyan

Active Monitor Practitioner

Talya is one of our Active Monitoring Practitioners. She joined us in December 2019 and helps facilitate our Active Monitoring programme that runs in partnership with Shore Medical. Talya is…

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Craig Eldridge

Ambassador
Our ambassador Craig loves speaking to audiences about mental health - and his lived experience. Craig hopes to inspire others to reach out for professional help, or to help others find emotional support.
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Andy Howe

Ambassador
Andy is passionate about fitness and knows it's his vital coping strategy should he have any down days. By speaking about his mental health, Andy hopes to inspire many people of his age.
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Maddie Crawford

Ambassador
Maddie works in digital marketing and hopes her role as an ambassador will help reach a wide range of people, including workplace leaders. Being an ambassador has improved Maddie's confidence and encouraged her to be more open.
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Ross Duncan

Ambassador
Ross has been an ambassador for Dorset Mind for several years. He's passionate about helping others by sharing knowledge and his lived experience to ensure support networks can be better informed.
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Jim Phillips

Active Monitoring and Counselling Team Leader

Jim is the Team Leader for our Active Monitoring and Counselling programme. Passionate about evidence-based medicine, Jim spent most of his career taking short contract in NHS services that needed…

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Sharon Best

GAP Project Coordinator

Sharon is the GAP Project Coordinator.  Sharon has a background in Public Health & Wellbeing. She has a unique skill set developed over the past twenty years working with various…

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Vicky

Young Ambassador
Our Young Ambassador Vicky aspires to become an educational psychologist to help those who get looked over and don’t receive the help and support they deserve. She also hopes to make a difference in the area of mental health.
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Rosie

Young Ambassador
Rosie is a Dorset Mind Your Head Young Ambassador. Currently studying, Rosie understands what a large impact mental health can have on herself and those close to her. Her advice is to try a digital detox and switch off your technology.
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Olivia

Young Ambassador
Young Ambassador Olivia has learnt the importance of putting her mental wellbeing as her top priority as this is will help hers to reach her goals. She hopes to eventually work in the field of neuropsychology or forensic psychology,
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Lydia

Young Ambassador
Lydia became a Dorset Mind Young Ambassador to help other young people understand about mental health problems and learn ways to cope. She has seen how things can improve with the right support. 
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Claudia

Young Ambassador
Claudia volunteers as a Young Ambassador for Dorset Mind for an opportunity to be involved in different ways to fundraise and increase understanding of Mental Health problems and where to get support.
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Becky

Young Ambassador
Young Ambassador Becky wants to help schools to increase awareness so that the students know it’s okay to not be okay ALL the time. She hope this will help others to learn how to deal with negative life/school events.  
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Alice

Young Ambassador
Our Young Ambassador Alice believes everyone deserves support and access to services when struggling with their mental health. Her one piece of advice would be to express how you feel, in any way you can.
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Ruth Morgan

Befriending Volunteer

Ruth is an Adult Befriender with Dorset Mind.  She lives in rural North Dorset with her family and is training to become a Psychotherapist. Ruth says, “I love my befreinding role…

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Gabriella Cox

Children and Young People Service Coordinator

Gabriella is our Children and Young People Services Coordinator. She supports our Children and Young People programmes, including Education in Mind and our Young Ambassadors. Throughout her career, Gabriella has…

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Laura Coombes

Volunteer Team Leader

Laura is our Volunteer Team Leader which is a newly introduced role. She will be working closely with 3 teams within the Volunteering department to develop and grow these services…

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Catherine Hills

HR Assistant

Catherine is Dorset Mind's HR Assistant and she's involved in the whole employee life cycle with the charity.  She has previously worked in the HR Department of a large international…

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Nicole McCormack

Adult Services Manager

Nicole is the Adult Services Manager for Dorset Mind, overseeing Adult Befriending in East Dorset, Wellbeing and Activity Groups, Mind Blue Light Counselling and the Restored eating disorder programme. Nicole…

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Nicola Whitehead

Mental Health, Sport and Physical Activity Project Manager and Volunteer Coordinator

Nicola is the Mental Health, Sport and Physical Activity Project Manager and Volunteer Coordinator for Dorset Mind. She has always been interested in sport and physical activity and is immensely…

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Alexis Stevens

Training Manager

Alexis is Dorset Mind’s Training Manager. She delivers our Training strategy and has overseen our training progress from providing support to just three companies, to over thirty companies in less…

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Laurence Mynor-Wallis 

Board of Trustees

Laurence is a Consultant Psychiatrist working in Poole. He specialises in adult mental health. He has a particular interest in psychological treatments for common mental health disorders and has carried…

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Anna Windett

Board of Trustees

Anna has seen close friends and family suffer with mental health issues and so when she took a career break to raise a family in 2015 it seemed the perfect…

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Robert Rutherford

Board of Trustees

Robert became a Trustee for Dorset Mind as he wanted to ‘give something back’ to his home county, Dorset. Robert understands the impact that mental health has on people's personal…

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Ian Prankerd

Board of Trustees

Ian has been involved with Dorset Mind for ten years, first as service user, then as Treasurer and Acting Group Co-Ordinator. Ian is currently a Trustee and Part-time Administrator -…

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Dr Ros Maycock

Board of Trustees

Dr Ros Maycock is a retired GP that previously working in Parkstone, Poole. The practice had had only lady GP’s when she joined in 1983 which was very unusual. Ros…

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Claire Wait

Treasurer, Board of Trustees

Claire is a chartered accountant working locally in Poole as an accounts and audit manager, she specialises in ‘not-for-profits' and has over 10 years’ experience in charities and other not-for-profit…

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Ken Heap

Chair, Board of Trustees

Ken has been a dedicated Trustee of Dorset Mind for the last five years and became Chair of the Board in early 2017. Under Ken’s guidance the charity has recruited…

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Rob Griffith

Group Facilitator

Rob has facilitated Dorset Mind's Active in Mind support group for over 5 years. This has been a very rewarding time for him supporting members of the group to engage…

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Chris

Adult Recovery Service Administrator

Chris was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland and moved to Bournemouth in his late teens. He spent 5 years teaching English in China and later trained and worked as…

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Tilini Subasinghe

Adult Services Project Team Leader

Tilini is our Adult Services Project Team Leader. She helps run our adult services that include talking and activity groups. Tilini has always been interested in learning about the brain…

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Dorset Mind is an organisation that comprises a team of enthusiastic, driven people who are passionate about removing the stigma around mental health and ensuring people have access to appropriate support in their time of need.

We are responsible to our Board of Trustees and Chair who guide the charity and set its governance, and our CEO and Management team help deliver our strategy.Our Patron, Ambassadors and army of volunteers are crucial to helping us support local people, we simply can’t do without them. To become a valued member of our charity, click the button below to view our paid vacancies,
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