Julie Blackmore
CEO
I have worked within the voluntary sector for over 15 years, initially within youth provision before moving to a management position within a Charity infrastructure support organisation providing funding support, project management, volunteer support and community development. I joined Maidstone & Mid Kent Mind in 2014, and in this time the organisation has undergone a major refurbishment, grow in size, extended services both geographically and in age range, diversified services, yet throughout has remained focused in delivering our core objective of supporting people with mental health problems. I am proud to be part of a staff team that have embraced the changes MMK Mind have undertaken in recent years in moving mental health services into a new, positive direction and look forward in continuing to support people at Maidstone and Mid Kent for many years to come.
James Walker
Projects Manager
Having spent a large part of my career in national and local government roles I decided to join the voluntary and community sector six years ago whilst looking for the job satisfaction of helping people. I previously worked for a CVS organisation and have skills in community and project development, funding and service evaluation. I joined Maidstone and Mid-Kent Mind in March as a new challenge to help be part of the on-going development of a growing and exciting charity.
Heidi Bunting
Team Leader
I have worked at MMK Mind for over 4 years and am passionate about supporting the development of person centred, recovery focussed services for people experiencing mental health problems, and believe that with a holistic approach to mental health every individual has the potential to manage their wellbeing. I am proud to be part of the team at MMK Mind who strive to aid people on their journey to better wellbeing.
Deborah Hope
Finance Officer
I’ve been working in finance for over 15 years and have experience working within a charity. I have recently gone back to college to update my skills and qualifications where I will be able to bring my new found knowledge back to Maidstone and Mid Kent Mind and make sure the Finances are well maintained and easily understood.
Ron Reeder
Lead Counsellor / Befriending Coordinator
I enjoy my varied work within Mind, and get real job satisfaction from helping vulnerable adults whether it’s a one-one role or group work. I put people at the top of my priorities, build solid working relationships through a non-judgmental, person-centred approach, and strive to support others whenever possible making time for them when they need it.
James Godfrey
Recovery Group Coordinator
Hi I’m James Godfrey. I currently work as a group facilitator for Maidstone Mind. I started working for Mind in the summer of 2008 when I was a student Nurse studying Mental health Nursing at Canterbury Christ Church University. I initially started as a part time support worker, running groups such as creative writing and the men’s group. I developed a keen interest in supervision and counselling as part of my studies involved training in these areas. I was given an opportunity to co facilitate the groups with Sally Watson (retired group facilitator). This was something that I took to like a duck to water and have seen the success of groups go from strength to strength. There are no other mental health services within Kent that provide a service like this, therefore it is imperative and vital that we at Maidstone Mind are able to develop this further and look towards gaining funding in the future to allow this to continue.
Nikki Brooker
Wellbeing Worker
I have fifteen years’ experience in the youth sector supporting young people to have a voice, being a founder of the UK Youth Parliament and My NT (Australia). I enjoy working for small growing charities. I have a personal interest in mental health and was therefore drawn to Mind. I have been involved in training participants on our Work and Wellbeing Course and facilitating activities under our community services programme.
Kimberly Blewett
Wellbeing Worker
With an academic background in Psychology through undergraduate and postgraduate studies, I have developed a keen interest in mental health and wellbeing. Now a trainee sport and exercise psychologist, I am passionate about supporting and empowering individuals to take steps to improve their wellbeing. Since joining Maidstone and Mid Kent Mind in March 2015, I have already seen many positive changes as our services grow and expand. I am really enjoying the opportunity to use my skills to help and see this exciting charity develop.
Ashlea Clarke
Wellbeing Worker
I started working for Maidstone and Mid Kent Mind in June 2015, having previously worked for a charity co-ordinating a volunteer transport scheme. I get a lot of job satisfaction in my current role as a Wellbeing Worker here at MMK Mind and working with a great team helps me to deliver really supportive and meaningful community services to help our service users.
Yvonne Irvin
Wellbeing Worker
I joined MMK Mind in October 2014, and am very much enjoying my position as Wellbeing Project Worker. My career background has involved working with and supporting children, mainly teenagers, that are in care. I am inspired by all the new projects already underway at MMK Mind and those being created that support mental health and improved wellbeing from many angles.
Sam Curran
Wellbeing Worker
Throughout my years as a student I developed an interest in mental health which lead me to become a Psychology graduate. Since then, I have been eager to get involved in Mental Health care with the hope of becoming a clinical psychologist. With Mind being a reputable mental health organisation, I was attracted to its support for service users. After being a keen volunteer for the charity, I became a Wellbeing Worker and I am glad to be part of an excellent team, as well as being part of new projects that will help this charity to grow and develop.
Kim Harris
Receptionist / Admin
I have worked closely with Mental Health in the past and was pleased to receive an apprenticeship with Maidstone Mind as an Administrator so that I could broaden my knowledge and experiences of Mental Health. It’s enjoyable to work with such positive and engaging people who strive to do their best for the people we help and I am pleased to be working within an organisation that provides vital services within the community, giving people that experience mental health problems a voice.
Jade Stephens
Marketing Apprentice
I studied Graphic Design and ICT as GCSE’s and A-Levels and have recently joined MMK Mind as a Marketing Apprentice whilst I undertake a level 3 apprenticeship in Web & Social Media. I am keen to develop the marketing for MMK Mind, and help advertise our services to a far reached audience to ensure they benefit the individuals that need them.