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.
In 2010 Jacqui 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 area as a full-time finance manager and as a treasurer for the local camera club and is keen to put her expertise to good use supporting the project.
Olivia is our Social Media Director for C4G-CIC and joined the project in Spring 2021.
She started her journey with C4G in March 2020 when the UK entered the first lockdown. Olivia and Jacqui saw that this was an important time for C4G to have a presence online that was accessible to all and also a point of contact.
Olivia is based in Yorkshire and works full-time as an Events Coordinator. She uses her skills in organisation and experience in marketing to run our social media channels for C4G and to keep our online presence relevant.
Aimee is the Fundraising Administrator for C4G which involves procuring funding for the various projects that we are working on. She is passionate about fundraising and is always happy to chat about ways that we can raise funds for C4G – no idea is too wacky! Aimee has over 10 years experience of working in Business Development for profit and non-profit organisations.
Michael qualified in June 2013 with a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and has worked for several charities on Merseyside and West Lancashire as a manager and counsellor. Michael works with people of all ages from 11 upwards and various issues, starting in bereavement counselling. He has widened his experience to encompass anger, low self-esteem, lack of confidence, stress, depression, loss, relationship issues, anxiety, and work issues.
Michael recently spent a couple of years living in North Northumberland, where he discovered the wonderful work of C4G, including four fabulous months on Holy Island. Prior to that he ticked one of his bucket list items, living for a couple of years on a wide beam canal boat on a marina off the Rufford Branch of the Leeds Liverpool Canal.
At the end of last year Michael moved south to be near his family and works remotely providing online and telephone counselling for C4G.
Prior to becoming a counsellor, Michael worked in IT for more years than he would like to remember, so he understands the workplace stress a fast paced retail environment brings.
Michael tries to keep a good work/life balance, so in his spare time Michael like walking, cycling (Tour de slow, not France), football.
“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!