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
My name is Ashlea Clarke and I have worked at Maidstone and Mid Kent Mind for over two years. I am the Trainer and deliver various training sessions to schools, colleges and businesses. These vary from Mental Health Awareness, Parental Resilience, Coping With Life and in the near future I will be delivering the nationally recognised Youth Mental Health First Aid. My role helps to educate people about Mental Health and also to combat the stigma that is sometimes attached to it. I enjoy the varied nature of my job and am still involved in delivering our Community Services such as Gardening, Baking and Arts and Crafts. I really like making conversation with our Service Users and being involved in these activities. Maidstone and Mid Kent Mind is constantly evolving to provide support to people and I am proud to be part of this proactive team.
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’m Kim, and I’ve worked at Maidstone and Mid-Kent Mind since 2014 – handling reception duties and administration duties for the charity. I started out as an apprentice, with a passion for learning more to with administration and how it works within a business, and that is how I arrived at Maidstone and Mid-Kent Mind. I really enjoy my role here, and I take a great sense of pride from all the responsibilities that fall upon me. Many people find data admin to be a boring job, but I love the level of behind the scenes work it allows me to do. I enjoy being the person responsible for keeping everything ticking along. I also enjoy my reception role – it’s nice to be that first point of contact for people as they come in through the door. It can be very stressful at times as you never know what you are going to get day-by-day, but it is also incredibly rewarding to be the first point of call for people looking for help from MMK Mind. I love my job, and I wouldn’t change it for the world!
Josie Ledger
Wellbeing Worker
I first joined MMK Mind in September 2016 as a student who was looking to gain experience in the mental health sector. During my placement, I developed my skills and my confidence, allowing me to deliver a range of groups and courses. These courses allowed me to develop a keen interest in working with a mental health organisation such as Mind, as I was inspired by the person-centred approach which Mind took. In addition to my time at MMK Mind I have had experience in a variety of areas within the mental health sector. This has included (But is not limited to) assisting social workers whom are working with hoarders, helping facilitate art courses at a day centre and volunteering at mental health organisations across the Medway area. I was then lucky enough to join MMK Mind team as a Wellbeing Worker, were I deliver a wide variety of wellbeing services. This includes the Hope Café on Friday evenings, the coping with depression/anxiety courses, youth work and support work at RBLI.
Rosie Escott
Bid Writer
I have been working in the charity sector for around ten years and fundraising for charities for around 7 years. I am proud to be working for Mind, and believe that the work of the charity is essential in supporting people with mental health problems.
Thomas Fishenden
Marketing Apprentice
I have had a passion for Media since my days at Secondary School when I studied a BTEC in Digital Media, and that led me to a Level 3 Creative Media College course where I studied film, audio, print and web (amongst other things) and developed a enjoyment of the creative sector. After working with Mind on a prior project, I was lucky enough to be offered an apprenticeship by them and proceeded to join the team.
Kelly Lee
Wellbeing Worker
I have volunteered with Maidstone & Mid Kent Mind for the past few years after beginning as a service user and then as a fundraiser, I am now a mental wellbeing worker for Them. I'm very passionate about raising awareness of mental health. Primarily I currently work with children in schools to deliver the courses we provide but look to expand my knowledge and experience which I've found MMK allow me to do. I always aim to be pro active and find that I'm able to contribute to different projects within the team. This role has also allowed me to integrate my passion of martial arts to sessions that I currently do and for future projects, incorporating how exercise is a great tool for mental health.
Xenia West
Wellbeing Worker
I have worked within primary care mental health services now for 2 years, I have previous experience working in adult mental health care delivering one to one support and working closely with wellbeing programme development and delivery in Kent. Whilst doing this I began working with MMK Mind on a regular, voluntary basis providing support, and social inclusion on a Friday and Saturday evening and have recently come across full time as a wellbeing worker. I am looking forward to my broad range of roles including youth work at St Anthony’s school in Margate and I am hoping to start at the police control rooms project in the near future.