As Esteem Team leader I am passionate about supporting children and young people to live life to the full. I have worked in youth work for over 18 years and supported hundreds of young people with a range of complex needs as well as those trying to journey through difficult circumstances.
I currently run Opendoor's Haven project supporting primary age children secondary age young people and parents of those who struggle with their mental health. I love helping young people understand who they are, why we feel like we sometimes do, empowering them to understand their mental health and helping them overcome their struggles equipping them with coping strategies, support and encouragement.
I have a degree in child and youth work and have attended many training courses including; self harm, mental health first aid, suicide awareness, Level 4 in awareness of mental health problems, child and adolescents counselling skills, Lego therapy and I have just finished an art therapy diploma.
I am also a parent to a child with additional needs and so understand how hard that journey is and the lack of support services available. Esteem Team was set up to support, empower, encourage, nurture and journey alongside those who need us.
I also love donuts, paddle boarding and M&M's :-)