Jacqui began running the project in 2017. She has used her qualifications, knowledge and experience to deliver the project and support to the community of Berwick-upon-Tweed and surrounding areas.
Graduating from Sunderland University as a Person Centred and Psychodynamic Counsellor, Jacqui predominantly practiced within the North of England but then gained additional training and qualifications in London; clinical leadership, safeguarding, project managing, supervision, and specialising in working with children. She then became (speech, language and communication needs) SLCN School Project Manager Champion for the North of England.
Jacqui has worked with organisations that supported those affected by drug and alcohol misuse, children excluded from mainstream schooling, and trauma. Issues brought forward included emotional abuse, domestic violence, suicide ideation, self-harm, sexual abuse, anxiety, transgender, depression and loss/bereavement. This led to working with couples and as a family mediator.
Nine years ago she began working for Place2Be, the country's leading London-based children's mental health charity. During her time with the charity, she managed several projects across Northumberland, Sunderland and the North East of England. She took lead with clinical supervision of counsellors on placement, supported the school community and delivered one-to-one counselling and drop-in sessions. As well as presentations and training to potential partnerships, Jacqui took an active role when the first Children's Mental Health Week went live in London, 2015.
Emma is a Director of C4G-CIC and joined the project in late 2019.
She has a passion and interest to see better mental health support available within Berwick and surrounding areas and was delighted to be welcomed into the team.
Emma both works and volunteers in the Berwick area, fulltime as a Finance Manager for a temporary recruitment agency and as a treasurer for the local camera club.
She is keen to use her fundraising as well as financial expertise to good use.
"The best therapist for you could have fur and four legs"
Minnie joined the project in March 2020.
Minnie is our emotional support dog and she is a fox-faced Pomeranian with an infectious smile!
She takes her role very seriously and understands how important it is to feel as happy and as safe as you can.
She enjoys her lunch dates with humans, taking regular exercise by going for walks - sometimes in the park, getting plenty of sleep - sometimes a quick nap on the sofa, and getting an occasional sweet treat just before bedtime.
Minnie is great at knowing when you feel happy or sad and always appears to know how to react... there is always a reason to smile when she is around!