Julie
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Kayleigh
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
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.
Sophie
Wellbeing Café Manager
Having completed my BSc in Psychology, I joined Mid Kent Mind in order to gain more experience working with mental health. I first discovered my love of helping people while working at a nursery, where I worked with children who had varying experiences with mental health. This passion was developed during my time at university where I volunteered on a mental health ward, providing individuals with different sessions and activities. I am looking forward to continuing working with service users in supporting their wellbeing.
Yvonne
Senior Wellbeing 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
Senior Wellbeing 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.
Tom
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
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
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
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
Wellbeing 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. Since joining MK Mind I have been involved in all the different social groups, particularly enjoying the gardening and singing!, as well as delivering our coaching courses to young people and adults, where I believe we make a massive difference to peoples ongoing wellbeing and mental health. I am also in year 3 of an OU degree which is covering Psychology and Health and Social Care.
Sam
Wellbeing 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
Wellbeing 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.
Natalie
Wellbeing Worker
I have had a passion for wellbeing and mental health since I was in school, informing my choice to read for both my undergraduate (BSc Psychology with Clinical Psychology) and my Masters (MSc Foundations in Clinical Psychology and Health Services). During my Masters, I gained clinical experience volunteering as an Honorary Assistant Psychologist for an NHS IAPT service, where my love for helping people was solidified. This led me to Mid-Kent Mind, where I started working as a Wellbeing Worker in June 2021. Here, I support people to maintain their wellbeing and assist them with their mental health and wellbeing issues, which is incredibly rewarding. I look forward to using my knowledge and training in the hope of positively impacting people’s lives through delivering CBC courses, RAPs and attending the social groups.
Layla
Wellbeing Worker
I have a background in education and training and find enjoyment in helping individuals of all ages to learn and develop new skills to support their personal development. I joined the Mid Kent Mind team as a Mental Health Worker having participated in their Coping with Life course. Having gained an appreciation of the difference mental health support can make to someone who is experiencing anxiety and depression, I wanted to use what I had learnt to empower others and raise awareness of the support that is available. As a Mental Health Worker, I am involved in the day-to-day delivery of some of Mid Kent Mind's core services, ensuring that individuals can access a range of support to help them develop skills that will aid their recovery and enable them to manage their wellbeing going forwards.
Heather
Triage Supervisor
I initially worked alongside Mid Kent Mind in 2019 with my private company Surge, providing Self Defence sessions to youths aged 11-18 as part of the Reaching Communities programme. This led me to understanding more about the great work Mind do with both youth and adults. I became interested in providing more courses with Mind, as working within the mental health sector is an area I feel passionate about. After running another self defence course on the Reaching Communities programme, I decided I would love to work for Mind and continue delivering support to youths and adults. I am currently working on the Health and Work programme as the triage assessor.
Molly
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.
Warren
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!
Nikki
Wellbeing Assistant
Nikki joined the Mid Kent Mind team in 2021 to support with continued demand in the wake of the pandemic. She has become an important element of our frontline delivery team - helping to facilitate the delivery of CBC courses, social groups, and more. Nikki helps to ensure that people continue to get access to support with their wellbeing.
Hannah
Wellbeing Assistant
Hannah has a background in events and hospitality before she chose to join Mid Kent Mind as a Wellbeing Assistant. Two years ago Hannah volunteered to be a Mental Health First Aider as a part of her old job, and since then she has decided that she has wanted to learn more about mental health and how she can start others. This year she also started training as a Samaritan - adding even more depth to her knowledge of mental health.
Jade
Wellbeing Assistant
I have been interested in working with people with many different life experiences and difficulties. Before I joined Mind I worked in a behavioural school and thoroughly enjoyed it. I wanted to further myself within a different sector of work and found Mid Kent Mind in which I hadn’t thought about working within. It is a new and exciting experience for me and I’m very excited to see where it takes me and to further myself as an individual.
Jessica
Admin Assistant
I joined MK Mind as part of the admin team in the summer of 2021 after finishing university. I wanted to be able to help people in their day to day lives and give them guidance in their struggles as I myself have struggled with my anxieties in the past and would have benefited greatly had I had a support network such as MK Mind, by joining MK Mind I have been provided that opportunity to help people. I have also been given the opportunity to learn new skills and gain new experiences that would not have been available to me otherwise.
Kai
Marketing Assistant
I Joined Mid Kent Mind in Summer 2021, My favourite part about being in the marketing sector is having access to professional and business level editing software and programs that I otherwise wouldn’t have. I’m looking to gain experience in a new field of expertise to further expand my resume in the hopes of furthering my career in a work sector of my choice.
Pip
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.