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I have been a Freelance Trainer for Dorset Mind Works since January 2019. During that time I have had the privilege of delivering a wide selection of training to Dorset Mind corporate clients.

My professional journey into Mental Health commenced in the mid 90s when I trained and qualified as a Counsellor. Following that, I trained in many aspects of Mental Health and Personal Development delivering training and gaining experience across a broad spectrum. This includes Young Offenders Institutions, Male Prisons, Community Development Projects. I also worked with schools, The Princes’ Trust and Local Government Children and Family Services.

Away from Dorset Mind, much of my professional and private work is centred around supporting Parents and Families. I am an Accredited Facilitator of a range of Parenting and Family Programmes. I’m also a NLP Master Practitioner.

I am passionate about working with people, encouraging them to develop, grow and achieve their potential. Being a trainer working with Dorset Mind enables me to do this from a workplace perspective.

In my leisure time I enjoy walking, cycling, gardening, travelling the world and music concerts. I also like to dance, sew, knit, up-cycle furniture, bake and cook. I don’t enjoy Spinning classes and working out in the gym but do them because I know it’s good for me. And there is an immense feel-good afterwards (and sometimes a chocolate treat)!! Recently I have started sea swimming – my first dip was on Boxing Day, brrr it was cold and rough but I remain undeterred! Future goals include reconnecting with a love of horse-riding, kayaking and travelling to India.

I am a member of many social, community and fund raising groups and have been known to do some exciting things in the name of fundraising such as escaping from a police cell and travelling as far away as possible in 24 hours by any means possible….this included a military helicopter!

My advice to improve mental health and wellbeing would be to engage with our 5 Ways to Wellbeing which is all encompassing:

  1. Connect with others or maybe re-connect with an old friend, relative or colleague.
  2. Be active – this could be as simple as taking the stairs instead of the lift or parking your car further away from the supermarket entrance.
  3. Take notice – of nature, of people, even the seasonal changes going on outside your window, be mindful.
  4. Keep learning – stretching our brains by doing puzzles or reading the newspaper from back to front, it will give you different information and topics to chat about.
  5. Last but not least, to give – there are so many ways we can give. Have a clear out and donate to your local Mind charity shop, a random act of kindness for a friend or a stranger. Or give a bit of your time to have a chat with an elderly neighbour.

For those days when I am feeling down, I try to reset my focus onto something that will bring a smile to my face and turn my frown up-side-down!

Quirky fact(s) – I speak Welsh badly and have taken Afternoon tea with Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.

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