Julie Blackmore
Chief Executive Officer
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 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 MK 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 Mid Kent for many years to come.
James Walker
Deputy Chief Executive Officer
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 Mid Kent Mind as a new challenge to help be part of the on-going development of a growing and exciting charity.
Heidi Featherstone
Team Leader & Welfare Manager
I have worked at Mid Kent Mind for over 10 years and am passionate about supporting the development of person centred, recovery focussed services for people experiencing mental health problems. I 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 Mid Kent Mind who strive to aid people on their journey to better wellbeing.
Deborah Hope
Finance, HR & Building Manager
I’ve been working in finance for over 15 years and have experience working within a charity. I have recently completed additional qualifications within the field - bringing my new found knowledge Mid Kent Mind to ensure the Finances are well maintained and easily understood.
Xenia West
Reaching Communities Project Lead
I have worked within primary care mental health services now for almost 3 years, I first joined the Mid Kent Mind team as a volunteer for the Ashford wellbeing café back in 2016, and came to work for MK Mind full time in September 2017 as a wellbeing worker. I have a particularly varied role within the team and work on a number of our projects including (but not limited to!) our police control room project, Ashford early help project and youth course delivery, adult training delivery and managing the Ashford wellbeing café. I have also qualified as a youth mental health first aid instructor and I am looking forward to going out delivering this training in the near future.
Ron Reeder
Counselling Lead
I enjoy my varied work within Mid Kent 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.
Nicole Griffiths
Training Project Lead
I joined the team in September 2018 after having been a Welfare Officer and EFL teacher at several summer schools. Through these roles, I learnt how vital it is for adults and young people to understand and talk about their mental health, something that Mind encourages as a core part of their overall mission to increase awareness about mental health. With my role of Community Development Worker, I get to go to our local communities to spread awareness of mental health and talk to people about how we at MK Mind can support them, whether it be through community programmes, counselling sessions or through training opportunities. Since starting I have also taken on enhanced responsibilities relating to the training delivered at MK Mind, meaning I am a vital part of the team working behind the scenes to ensure that all elements of MK Mind’s delivery run smoothly and efficiently.
Kaylee Fuller
Health & Work Programme Project Lead
I started working at Mid Kent Mind in 2017, having been on a student placement whilst I studied for my Psychology Degree. During my time as a student I found a love for helping people in their recovery journeys. I have now progressed to being a project lead and am responsible for the behind the scenes management of one of our contracts. I enjoy the challenges and varied aspect of my role, with also being part of the training team delivering Youth Mental Health First Aid and delivering our mental health and wellbeing programmes with adults and young people.
Ashlea Clarke
Lead Trainer
My name is Ashlea Clarke and I have worked Mid Kent Mind for over six years. I am the Lead Trainer and deliver various training sessions to schools, colleges and businesses. These include Mental Health Awareness (at different tiers and levels), Suicide Prevention and Awareness and also the Nationally recognised Mental Health First Aid (Youth and Adult versions). My role helps to educate people about Mental Health and if they complete the Mental Health First Aid course they become certified Mental Health First Aiders in their workplaces. The training sessions also aim to combat the stigma that is sometimes attached to Mental Health. I enjoy the varied nature of my job and the opportunity to meet new people whilst expanding their knowledge and perceptions of mental health. Mid Kent Mind is constantly evolving to provide support to people and I am proud to be part of this proactive team.
Yvonne Irvin
Senior Mental Health Worker
I joined MK 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 MK Mind and those being created that support mental health and improved wellbeing from many angles.
Josie Ledger
Senior Mental Health Worker
I first joined MK 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 MK Mind, as I was inspired by the person-centred approach which MK Mind took. In addition to my time at MK 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 MK Mind team as a Wellbeing Worker, where 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 more.
Thomas Fishenden
Community Engagement Officer
As the person in charge of the Marketing and Digital Presence for Mid-Kent Mind, I enjoy being able to experiment with a variety of digital tools to drive engagement with our services, and crucially, to raise awareness of Mental Health within the greater community as a whole. As my first job straight from College, working for MK Mind has given me invaluable opportunities - allowing me to learn about everything from E-Mail marketing, to working with members of the press. I hope I am able to use these skills, and these opportunities, to further the charity and our mission for years to come.
Kelly Lee
Counselling Officer
I joined Mid Kent Mind in 2015 as a volunteer and fundraiser after being a service user recently diagnosed with EUBPD. I felt drawn to Mid Kent Mind and the services they provide and was fortunate enough to be asked to join as a member of the staff team. Over the years I have worked in schools and with the general public, delivering a multitude of courses to promote good mental health, wellbeing and knowledge. I began to further explore my role within Mind and after working in an IAPT position I am now part of the counselling team, a role which I love. Knowing first-hand how beneficial the counselling service is, allows me to passionately promote it. In the spirit of continuing my learning I am currently studying Psychology at university with the hopes of becoming a specialist in personality disorders.
Rebecca Slingsby
Admin Officer
I joined MK Mind in March 2019, having been in various Administration roles over the previous decade, across a number of different sectors. Having known the guidance and support individuals receive from Mind and the brilliant work they do to improving peoples’ lives I jumped at the opportunity to join the team. I enjoy my role of assisting the counselling team and helping with the smooth running of such a worthwhile company.
Kim Harris
Receptionist
I’m Kim, and I’ve worked at 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 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 MK Mind. I love my job, and I wouldn’t change it for the world!
Suzanne Middleton
Mental Health Worker
I have worked for MK Mind since May 2017 as a Wellbeing Worker, having volunteered since January 2017. In my previous life I worked mainly in Financial Services, occupying a variety of jobs over a 30 year period, latterly as a Team Leader in Insurance. I first contacted MK Mind to ask for support for teachers in schools and young people in the area in which I live after I lost my eldest Son to suicide in November 2016. After fundraising for mental health charities I wanted to delve deeper into the issues surrounding young people and mental health. The more I researched the more I was determined to do my bit. So far I have completed Adult Mental Health First Aid training and now lead support and social groups for adults. I have also started attending school training sessions which is really interesting and hope to be more involved in these aspects as I continue working here. I am also a fully trained Crisis Counsellor for a Crisis Text Service and am starting an OU degree in October, starting with Health and Social Care.
Sam Read
Mental Health Worker
From an initial career in banking I have spent the last 20 years working with children. The most recent of which was as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant within a primary school. During this time, I have always supported pupil wellbeing and in recent years became more interested in this aspect of my role. By joining Mid Kent Mind I am looking forward to the challenges the role will provide, increasing my knowledge and helping children, young people and adults with the emotional and mental health issues that they encounter on a daily basis.
Stacey Smith
Mental Health Worker
Stacey has a background in Counselling and joined Mid Kent Mind as a Mental Health Worker determined to make a difference to the lives of the people we work with. As a Mental Health Worker, Stacey is involved in the day-to-day delivery of some of Mid Kent Mind's core services, ensuring that clients can access a range of support - from our structured courses, to more tailored one-to-one support.
Molly Cox
Wellbeing Assistant
I first came to Mid Kent Mind as a student completing my work experience. During the week I was able to get a taste of how the courses are run inside the office and out in the community, as well as meeting wonderful service users in the social groups. My short time at MKM was incredibly fun and I already felt part of the team. As my last year of Sixth Form abruptly ended in 2020, due to the pandemic, I began officially working at Mind in April, co-leading the Virtual Youth Cafe. Over the year, I’ve progressed to becoming a Wellbeing Assistant, whilst also completing my first year of University studying Psychology. I thoroughly enjoy working with young people and making focusing on our mental health and wellbeing engaging for them. Although I am yet to give face-to-face delivery, I am eager to connect with our service users and bring their smiles back to the office.
Michelle Older
Wellbeing Café Worker
Michelle supports our weekly Wellbeing Café services, and enjoys being able to talk to our clients and provide them with a kind listening ear when they need it. Michelle is a fantastic asset to our team and ensures that we can continue to offer mental health support to people who will benefit from it in an out-of-hours capacity.
Pip Chandler
Wellbeing Café Worker
I’m Pip, I have worked in primary schools across England for the past 14 years as Therapeutic leader/Pastoral care leader, supporting children with bereavement, emotional regulation, emotional literacy, behaviour and other wellbeing issues. Offering support such as therapeutic play, Lego therapy, ‘drawing & talking, ‘positive play and many other interventions. I have supported many children over the years including those with ASD, ADD, ADHD, Aspergers, and Pathological Demand Avoidance. My support would often extend to parents and carers and siblings. I joined MK Mind as Sunday Youth group worker over a year ago and made the move to a full time wellbeing worker in Nov 18. I am enjoying supporting children, young people and adults to overcome emotional and mental health difficulties they face.
Warren Card
Wellbeing Assistant
Warren is an essential part of Mid Kent Mind's core Wellbeing Team - helping to facilitate the day-to-day running of our Community Groups, and ensuring that all of our clients have access to the support that they need. He is an invaluable part of our daily operations and we are grateful to have him as a part of the team!