MEET THE TEAM
We are always looking to welcome members to our Motherwell Cheshire Team. If you feel that you have the skills that would benefit our charity and would like to find out more about Motherwell, please contact us for an informal chat. You can either call the office on 01606 557666 or email hr@motherwellcheshireciocom.
The Motherwell Cheshire Team
My passion in life is to support and inspire women and girls of all ages throughout the mothering journey. As a trained counsellor who has needed counselling myself in the past, I talk openly about my own struggles having suffered an ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage. In my experience, we have been repeatedly failed by inadequate and disjointed services so my goal is to ensure that the voices of women will finally be heard in the mental health system. Women and girls with complex mental health problems, especially those who have suffered abuse and violence, are in need of specialist support and this cannot be purely clinical. This is why I set up my charity Motherwell which offers community-based projects for vulnerable mothers – giving them access to a support network and bridges the gap in services for women’s wellbeing across Cheshire. My charity is run by women for women and is open to all mothers, whatever their stage in life. I’m a strong believer that information empowers people and I work hard to drive forward change so that our voices are heard.
I am a mum of 3 children 1 daughter and 2 boys, I have been with my partner 23 years. I am passionate about the towns that our charity works in and like to feel that we play a part in the being the heart of the community.
I love reading, hence my reading section on my website. Since 2018 I have been open water swimming and love it, it has really helped my own mental health.
My other passion is talking, I love finding out about people, their stories fascinate me, hence my podcast and you tube channel.
I would love to hear from you if you feel we can work together in anyway, please do get in touch.
What I do:
- Champion women and girls locally, by promotion on my social media platforms and local events
- Promote all aspects of mental health that impact women and girls by offering a full range of training
- Promote equality for women and girls by taking part in local and national groups and blogging about the impact
- Continue to develop myself to offer a therapeutic safe space for all my clients
My name is Abbi and I’m one of the counsellors here at Motherwell. My counselling journey began when I sought some support myself. It was through working with my own counsellor that I realised I wanted to pursue this career. As a result, I took night classes in Level 2 and Level 3 Counselling, then went on to do a degree in Person-Centred Counselling through the University of Derby.
When it comes to looking after my wellbeing, I like to tap into my creativity. I like journaling, creative writing and drawing. I also enjoy gaming as a way to de-stress and inspire new creative ideas. One thing that always calms me down is lo-fi music – I recommend Lo-Fi Girl on YouTube/Spotify!
I have spent many years as a counsellor and facilitator. I have been counselling and supporting both young people and adults for most of my career. In a 10 year period I reached out to over 10,000 young people & 1,000 adults, per year, with my education programme, running my own charity, supplying both adults & young people with information to make informed choices.
Over the years I have been involved in lots of voluntary work, raising funds and developing within different charities. In February 2019 I volunteered in The Gambia working in the Women’s Centre and in primary schools. I am focused on empowerment & passionate about people and their mental health and wellbeing. I have struggled throughout the years with my own mental health issues which started with the loss of my son, Rory, in 1992. It has been a journey, a battle, and because of the support, counselling, mentoring and love I received, I have survived. I am extremely proud mum to my daughter, Keziah, who is an artist and musician living in London.
Winning a couple of awards for my work in the community including Merseyside Woman of the Year 2017, it was a massive honour & privilege (to be honest, I was gob smacked) when I was placed on the list of Merseyside’s 100 Inspirational Women on International Woman’s Day 2019 – “Women Who Speak Out”. I am passionate about everything that Motherwell stands for and I love my role as Operations Coordinator for the many different Motherwell Projects… Thank you!
My name is Carys and I am one of the counsellors here at Motherwell. Studying Psychology at university initially sparked my interest in mental health and I’ve been passionate about supporting people in their mental health and wellbeing ever since. I studied Psychotherapeutic Counselling at Staffordshire University and prior to becoming a counsellor, I worked with young people in a variety of settings.
When thinking about my own wellbeing, I use the ‘stress bucket’ analogy. Our ‘stress bucket’ can be filled up by things that worry or stress us and when the water gets near the top, we might sometimes start to feel overwhelmed. To keep the bucket from getting too full, I make space for activities which can drain those stresses like yoga, arts & crafts, and meditation. My favourite free mediations are by The Honest Guys on YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/user/TheHonestGuys.
My name’s Chloe and I’m currently on my university placement with Motherwell. When I’m not in university I can be found taking my cockapoo, Georgie, on walks through Delamere Forrest or kayaking round wales. When I’m not out in the wilderness, I love going to explore cities and around Europe.
I am a mum of three beautiful children, all mostly grown up, that does not mean I’m not wanted! In my experience it’s a job for life! I’ve been a mum for over 30 years and experienced all the emotions, highs and lows, of being a mum! Looking forward to the next chapter!
I’ve worked as a teacher in some shape or form all my working life. I also worked as a Nanny to 3 young boys. I used to work with young women in supported accommodation, supporting them back into education, work, volunteering and training, so I’m very aware of the ‘Mothering Journey’.
I work mainly behind the scenes, coordinating the Well-being Days, Workshops and courses, but love to be front of house, interacting with our mums and families whenever I can.
My name is Donna, and I was delighted to have joined Motherwell Cheshire as the Believe Project Lead/Support Advocate. The Believe Programme is very unique. We aim to be the “Voice” of Mum’s whose child/ren are subject to a Child Protection Plan. Within my role, I am able to offer emotional and practical support including accompanying Mum’s to all Social Care Meetings.
In my previous role I have supported young people for over 20 years within the Education Sector. I have devised and delivered Resilience, Anger Management, Mental Health strategy programmes for young people. I set up and delivered a parent support group, which enabled parents to support their children who were experiencing mental health and emotional difficulties.
My name is Emma, I’m one of the placement counsellors at Motherwell. Having had my own experience with anxiety and mental health, I know how important it is to reach out and talk to someone. If things are becoming too much and you need help, don’t be afraid to seek support. Counselling can be a great way to share your feelings and help you to understand and make sense of them.
I’m a mum to three young children and for the most part have been a stay-at-home mum. I have done a few work from home businesses but am very pleased to have found Motherwell.
Pre children, I spent time studying history, as well as fundraising and organising events for a charity run by students; I have been involved in Girlguiding for many years.
I’m enjoying rediscovering my passion for charity events, and the more behind the scenes fundraising too. I have previously coordinated the Women’s Day committees and am always happy to help with any fundraiser. I am looking forward to my role in social media in the Charity.
As a mother who had various difficulties herself, I’m very pleased there is a charity like Motherwell around.
My name is Ijeoma Mba a placement counsellor for Motherwell Cheshire
As a trainee counsellor, the counselling path has also taught me the diversity and complexity of people as individuals and the individuality that brings.
I am passionate about the mental health/wellbeing of women of colour in our community.
Most BAME (Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic) have this feeling that they couldn’t really talk to anyone, that no one woulwith the help of Motherwell as a placement counsellor we are here to provide practical advice as well as emotional support to give their life a meaning.
‘’Mental health is real and the need to look after our mental wellbeing is quite important’’.d understand, or feeling too embarrassed, ashamed to tell anyone how they are getting on with some serious concerns and challenges regarding their mental health and wellbeing,
Hi my name is Latoya and I am one of the counsellors at Motherwell.
Throughout my life I have experienced life changing events, witnessing domestic violence, becoming a teenage mum, losing my mum to cancer to name a few.
I had various jobs over the years but didn’t feel I had found my purpose in life, so I decided to enrol on a counselling skills course.
Here I found my passion.
After completing the course I then went on to study for 3 years a BSc Honours in Person-centred Counselling. During the course I had a placement at a local high school which I loved and also went to personal counselling sessions.
My counsellor was beside me on my journey, I felt heard, not judged and I was able to just be me.
I have now graduated and the experience that I had with my counsellor I want to give that experience to others, my way.
My mental health wellbeing continues, selfcare is part of this. I like to go on long walks, being out in the open air and I have recently taken up art again.
I have recently joined Motherwell Cheshire as their new office administrator. Prior to this I was working in a residential home for the elderly. Although I really loved working with the elderly, I felt like I wanted a new challenge, something that I could really be passionate about . I am really enjoying my time so far at Motherwell Cheshire being able to meet lots of lovely people and I look forward to what is to come. I live in the Crewe area and I really enjoy socialising with friends and family and being outdoors.
I work alongside a passionate team on projects that really make a difference to individual’s lives and it is great to be a part of this. I get to see projects from planning right through to reporting on their outcomes and I love seeing how they evolve and deliver more than anticipated.
I have two children, and following the arrival of my first in 2016 I joined a mums group organised by Motherwell. I am a qualified chartered accountant and auditor as well as being a mum, and I wanted to keep these professional skills so looked into volunteering. Volunteering at Motherwell was one of the best things I have done since becoming a mum.
I became a staff member in 2017, and in that time have been supported by the charity to continue to develop my skills and work on exciting projects with inspiring women.
I am passionate about empowering women and girls, ensuring they all get a voice.
I am a mother of two very independent, head strong girls.
My journey at Motherwell started with myself volunteering, just a couple of hours a week to get me out of the house.
I needed a couple of hours to myself, adult conversation, to think about something other than being a mum. I didn’t realise how much of myself I had lost being a stay at home mum, I didn’t think mentally I needed anything more, I was wrong!
Previous jobs I would say, I didn’t enjoy but went to, just to make a living, we all can get stuck in a rut career wise.
Motherwell made me realise work isn’t just a job, it is a place I enjoy coming to and a place I am proud to say I work for.
My role as Community Hub Coordinator, based in Crewe and Winsford. The women I work with are some of the kindest and most supportive women I know, their acts are only to help people and to support them.
Hi I’m Rebecca and I am a placement counsellor at Motherwell Cheshire. I am a step mum of 2 children and have had many life experiences, which put me on this path taking the plunge becoming a mature student studying Pluralistic counselling at college to become a counsellor. I am a believer that we cannot pour from an empty cup and that self-care is important, though sometimes we feel unworthy of that self-care, it feels selfish, almost alien. I am passionate about guiding people to believe in themselves, to know that you are worthy and that you can change the path you are on anytime you decide to, though that change may seem daunting and at first, it can seem a tougher path but have hope.
Something that often stays with me, that a wise person once explained, is that we cannot control what others say or do to us, however we can control how we respond, which is how I try to live my life by.
I have recently retired after 35 years in primary education. My teaching career spanned the primary age range in schools located in areas of social and economic challenge. My last 23 years were spent as Head Teacher / Principal at Underwood West Academy, Crewe.
My time at Underwood West presented many challenges and periods of change but was an incredibly rewarding experience. In my professional role I always found my personal experience as a mum to 3 daughters fundamental in helping to build positive and empathetic relationships with children and their families.
As a former Head Teacher I have first- hand experience of the benefits of working together with and for our community to allow all the opportunity to aspire to be the best they can be and achieve their full potential.
In recent years I have become a registered volunteer and fundraiser for Marie Curie and in 2014 I undertook a trek across the Sahara Desert with my daughters to raise funds for the charity. I also support with fundraising for the Maggie’s charity.
I hope to use my experience and skills to actively support the future development of Motherwell.
I am a mother of two and grandmother of five, from Crewe.
I have worked in a variety of roles in Social Care for 28 years including working for the British Red Cross for the past 4 years.
I am passionate about preventative local service which are responsible for supporting local needs.
My role is helping to equip people to understand and use self care in everyday life.
I retired a couple of years ago but have over 30 years experience of working in social housing. I have a B. Soc Sc (Hons) degree from The University of Birmingham and a Post Graduate Diploma in Housing Administration from Sheffield Polytechnic. I am also still a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.
I have spent the majority of my working life in mid-Cheshire and hope that my skills, together with my work and life experiences, will help to further develop Motherwell.
I am married with a grown-up step-daughter and an 18 year old daughter who is studying in her second year at University. I feel that I can understand and appreciate the many issues facing mothers and the services that are needed to support them.
I am a solicitor and have worked in Family Law for more than 30 years. I specialise in dealing with Domestic Violence matters and matter affecting children, especially those in Care. I have recently attained my Higher Rights Advocacy and am now representing children in the High Court in matters relating to Deprivation of Liberty.
Outside my professional life I am a passionate Soroptimist, belonging to an international group of women who work to Educate Enable and Empower Women and Girls throughout the world.
I became involved with Motherwell as a result of the first International Womens Day event, and am happy to work with them to support the women and girls in our local area.
I have worked for Barclays Bank in IT since 1985 in various roles and locations. I spent the first 18 years in technical roles and for the past 13 years I have been in team leading roles. I have enjoyed every role and had some fantastic experiences along the way. A particular highlight was the opportunity to build out teams in Singapore and India a few years ago, and visiting the teams a number of times; enjoying the cultural experiences that brought. One of the aspects of team leading I enjoy most is developing people and seeing them grow in their careers and personal lives.
I became involved with Motherwell via two routes in September 2016 – 1) through our chair-person Shirley and 2) through Cheshire Connect via Barclays.
I have been able to use business and life skills to help Motherwell as part of the newly formed Board with the specific role of Treasurer. Going forward I also want to help in a more hands on way and not just attend monthly meetings as I have reached another stage of my own mothering journey.
I am married with one son who is now 18 and a signed player at The New Saints, Oswestry. I am an immensely proud Mum and for me, this has been my biggest achievement in life. I also love swimming, reading, travel and spending time at our caravan in North Wales.
Another big part of my life is supporting and visiting (at least once a year) an orphanage in Kenya – the children and community are part of my extended family.
So… why Motherwell? Having (very unexpectedly) suffered from Post Natal Depression 18 years ago after my son was born and there being very limited – actually no – support, I really felt drawn to Motherwell.
Being emphatic is key to truly understanding the challenges that women can go through as a Mum and my own experiences are a massive driver to be part of an organisation supporting Mums to ease or overcome a number of issues.
I believe in the goals, strategic direction and brand of Motherwell; and the desire to help Mums at various stages of their own journeys.
Patrons and Ambassadors
Sir John Timpson was educated at Oundle and Nottingham University.
The Timpson family business, founded by Sir John’s great grandfather in the 1860’s, was taken over in 1973, but 10 years later Sir John led a £42m management buyout. In 1987 he sold the shoe shops and concentrated on building the shoe repairing and key cutting business, which has diversified into engraving, watch repairs, dry cleaning and photo processing.
Timpson now has over 2000 branches nationwide, including the Max Spielmann, Johnsons the Cleaners and Snappy Snaps brands. The Group has a turnover of over £300m and profits of over £20m. It is a private business wholly owned by Sir John Timpson and his family. Timpson is recognised for its creative approach to employee engagement and innovative work helping ex-offenders – it is the UK’s most active employer of people from prison. In 2018 Sir John chaired an expert panel that made recommendations to government on future plans for Town Centres.
Sir John was married to his wife Alex for 47 years. He has talked openly about his grief over her death in 2016. He has five children Victoria (50), James (46), Edward (44), together with Oliver (43) and Henry (30).
Sir John and his wife were also foster carers for 31 years, during which time they fostered 90 children.
In 2000 he wrote ‘Dear James,’ which passes on to his son James, now Timpson’s CEO, the lessons learned in 25 years as a Chief Executive. A management maverick, he describes his business philosophy in ‘How to Ride a Giraffe’, ‘Upside Down Management’ and ‘Ask John’. ‘High Street Heroes’ was published in 2015 and ‘Under Orders’ is the diary of a racehorse owners’ husband. His latest book, ‘Keys to Success’ gives 50 tips from a management maverick.
He has a weekly column in the Daily Telegraph.
In 2004 he was awarded the CBE in the Birthday Honours List for Services to the Retail Sector, and in 2017 he was awarded a knighthood for Services to Business and Fostering.
We are proud to announce that actor Sally Carmen has become patron of our Believe project.
In Coronation Street, Sally’s character ‘Abi Franklin’ represents the amazing women that we support. These mum’s are very often misunderstood, living with mental health conditions after experiencing traumatic events, with a lack of appropriate support.
Sally is an established actress, who attended the LAMDA drama school in London. Some of the roles she is best known for playing are Kelly Maguire in Shameless and Abi Franklin in Coronation Street.
It is a great privilege to have Alexis Redmond as our Women’s Day patron.
Our Women’s Day celebrations are all about celebrating and inspiring local women and girls.
Alexis was a natural choice with her local links to the Cheshire community and her obvious enthusiasm for our celebrations which aligned so well with her chosen theme for her year as High Sheriff.
With her background in the television industry, culture and the arts, she firmly believes that events like ours contribute significantly to the health and wellbeing of all those involved.
We look forward to working with Alexis and seeing the days growing and developing over the years.
“The work Motherwell does to help protect the health and wellbeing of mums, family and community is so important, and to do it through these great fun events is inspiring.
“I look forward to supporting the Women’s Day celebrations and the clear stated aims of Motherwell and I encourage people to come.”
Also known as Grandma Williams, Joyce has travelled the world, written books, been a Physio & TV Presenter. Now in her 80s and blogging about the fun and nonsense of being ancient in a modern world and experiencing everyday ageism in all its glory!
“Becoming a patron of Motherwell in my 80s seemed so relevant to my own life. A single mother, depression, eventual career, widowed and now leading a campaign for a positive view of life’s later years. Always with good friends to support me, it reflects the heart of what Motherwell is about. Meeting the needs of women by women helping each other at whatever stage of life. Love the Intergenerational aspect too. Such support is essential at all stages of women’s lives and this charity has created a super system to ensure that it exists. Very well thought through and organised. I am proud to be its patron.”
Keziah is a multi-disciplinary artist living in London creating work spanning music, spoken word, theatre and film.
Through a queer gaze her practice looks at; connection, injustice, intersectionality, rebirth, intimacy & loss… A nod to the past with a hopeful look towards the future.
Inspired by the Liverpool scene of Beat Poets in the 60’s and working-class political uprisings, her show ‘Ausual and Other Illusories’ debuted at the Last Word Festival in 2018.
Some other work includes: writing and developing ‘An evening with Carrie Fisher’, poetry performances at; Citadel Festival, Liverpool Light Night and Phoenix Artists Club as well as working regularly as a singer, backing vocalist and collaborator.
Keziah’s second show ‘Matriarch’ is currently in development with additional supporting projects due to commence in 2022.
We also have a team of volunteers that help support the peer support groups, counselling service, drop ins, social media support, office duties, Well-being Days and all the admin work. The teams are based in Crewe, Winsford and across Cheshire.
If you wish to find out more about being a Motherwell Volunteer, contact us for an informal chat. You can either call the office on 01606 557666 or email hr@motherwellcheshireciocom.