I have taught in schools and colleges here and abroad, supporting literacy and numeracy, ESOL, teacher education, becoming an associate FE inspector and educational consultant. 20 years ago I trained as a massage therapist and set up my own practice. Much of my work has centred on the Creative Living Centre as a volunteer, therapist and trustee, supporting alternative approaches toward wellbeing for those with mental or emotional distress through a range of therapies and self-help approaches. I trained with Meir Schneider in the US to work with chronic conditions with a strong focus on more holistic approaches to well-being, maintenance, improvement in function and in natural vision improvement. The work in the centre provides a wonderful opportunity use and develop this approach and to watch and support people developing their potential. I feel privileged to be part of a centre which is so effective and responsive to needs.
After a lengthy and successful career in banking, Brian became self employed in 2000, undertaking a variety of roles, including delivering business programmes in school and colleges, a period of business-related teaching in colleges and predominantly providing management support to a number of North West businesses. Since his appointment in 2010 he has already significantly enhanced our financial recording systems and provided valuable support for staff and volunteers.
From school I have been involved in the voluntary sector from befriending to my current role as trustee at the Creative Living Centre.
During the last few years I have worked with the Centre, as a cook, Admin Support and Receptionist.
My personal and professional background has given me a good understanding at different levels. This has included sales, creating and managing teams and networking with local business. During this time I have also worked on developing my skills and continue to increase my own skills within the voluntary sector.
I have been involved with Creative Living Centre for many years now. I have had first-hand experience with mental health problems in my immediate family. I spent most of my working life as a sales rep. I then changed to Advocacy Representative for National Children’s Home, giving talks to large groups to raise the charity’s profile and motivate an army of volunteers to help me fundraise. Ill health forced me to stop. I have studied Neuro Linguistic Programming to Master Practitioner level. I have undertaken various voluntary jobs for charities then became Chair of Shopmobility Manchester, where I gained £178,000 from the big lottery and undertook the fundraising activities. From 2005 I have volunteered at Creative Living and became trustee in 2007. I am extremely passionate about the members and the important work we do here. I feel privileged to be part of this wonderful community.
My background is working with young people in their communities and, latterly, working in the youth justice system. I have been actively involved in community projects all my adult life, from setting up a playgroup when my children were little to starting a counselling charity for young people and their families in Bury. I am a passionate advocate for, and believer in institutions and politicians hearing the voice of those who are seen as having little power in their communities. I bring to the Creative Living Centre a background in organisation, training and management.
I started as Centre Manager at CLC in 2008 and I enjoy the varied nature of the role – writing funding bids, talking to members about the centre, making strategic partnerships with other organisations or the hard task of taste-testing cakes made by the healthy eating group, no two days are the same. Previously I worked in the NHS for 15 years as a clinician and a manager and I am qualified in complementary therapies. I also have long term experience of the effects of mental health issues on my close family and I strongly believe in the holistic approach the Centre follows to enable people to learn, grow, and become more fully the person they want to be.
I have been involved with the Creative Living Centre for six years. For two years I was a volunteer, supporting a range of activities at the centre. During this time I completed my NVQ3 in Health and Social Care. I eventually became a paid advocacy worker for the centre.
I am committed to the philosophy and ethos of the centre with its holistic approach to the care of our members. I believe in supporting the whole person rather than just seeing illness or distress. I continue to undertake training and access learning opportunities to continue my support to the centre. Such courses include Concepts of Counselling, Suicide Intervention, First Aid, Self Harm Prevention and Drugs and Alcohol Awareness.
I have personal experience of mental health issues within my family and thus I am passionate about supporting people to get their life on track.
I have been actively involved in working with people on an emotional level for over 10 years. The common theme throughout my career has been to provide a service to others. I was bereaved by both my parents in 2003 which sent me on a journey of needing to improve my mental well-being. Seeing a bereavement counselor gave me the inspiration to start a career helping others.
People say they instantly warm to me and find me easy to talk to about their life experiences. I have a degree in Health and Fitness and qualifications in Community Mental Health, Suicide Intervention, Counseling, Hypnotherapy and Life Coaching. I am also, a Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor so I have knowledge on both the mental and physical aspects and I bring this knowledge together to work with people holistically.
I recently started my position as a support coordinator at the centre in January 2014. I successfully completed my mental health nursing training at Salford University. My background includes working as a support worker and team leader, working with clients with complex needs. This includes clients with acquired brain injuries, learning disabilities and mental health issues. I was a member at the centre when I needed help with my depression and anxiety. I was off work for 15 months and the centre helped me greatly with getting my life back on track and being well enough to return to work full time. Once I had settled back into full time work I started volunteering at the centre then eventually I was lucky enough to be able to become appointed for the role of support coordinator. I love what this centre does and means to individuals and I am glad to be part of the centre.
I started working at the centre in Jan 2015. Previously I have worked in marketing and communications and in recent years as an administrator for a music publishing business. I have volunteered as a workshop facilitator for a craft group and love creative activities, mainly sewing on my trusty sewing machine. I love to collect fabrics and have a very large stash in my sewing room which I use to make gifts for friends and family.
I really believe in the positive role the centre can play in for people, supporting them and helping them live a more fulfilled life.
I started working for the Creative Living Centre in May 2013. In the past I have worked in various roles with refugees and asylum seekers for MRSN and Refugee Action as well as Community Development Worker at Northmoor Community Centre, where I helped setting up and strengthen community groups, developed a range of partnerships with agencies and community groups, set up a community café with volunteers in Longsight and organised trips for residents to museums and art galleries. I myself volunteer on a helpline for Manchester Rape Crisis since 2011. Currently I am studying ‘Therapeutic Counselling’ at the Manchester College and will be starting working as a volunteer counsellor for MacMillan.
In my role as Creating Better Chances Worker my main focus is developing and strengthen our ‘moving forward’ programme in accordance with the person centred holistic approach of the Creative Living Centre. With my colleague Shell I am running courses on anxiety and group skills with members and develop co-produced project groups where participants taking the lead as well as help people to access placement, volunteering and/or work in a supported safe way. Another important part of my role is to increase our community presence in building strong links to other organisations, groups and agencies in Prestwich, Manchester, Bury and Salford.
I am very passionate about working with our members and volunteers, supporting them to develop their skills, confidence and abilities.
My work history covers 17 years with various organisations in the voluntary and community sector and over 25 years in the public sector. I took early retirement in March 2014 after 10 years with Bolton Council where I was responsible for managing the council’s support to new and established businesses and community enterprises.
My role at the Centre involves financial administration and payroll. I bring a range of skills in these areas gained from my previous jobs, including managing budgets of up to £5m, and having overall responsibility for payroll at three voluntary organisations. I only started at the Centre at the end of July and work one day per week but I feel very much at home and settled, all the Staff and Trustees have been very supportive and welcoming and I hope to continue to support the Centre for a long time to come.
“Hi, I’m Steve Jasmine Tomkinson, I’m a fullly qualified and BACP registered person centred counsellor. During our counselling sessions you have the opportunity to talk about what it is you want to talk about and I will try to listen from my heart, head and spirit. From this, we can build a therapeutic relationship where you can process what you need to. I don’t give advice or pass judgement.
I’m experience in working with a wide range of people and issues. I have a particular interest in working with LGBT+ clients. Outside of counselling I enjoy being in nature, dancing, and spending time with friends.”
After retiring from the NHS as a midwife. I decided to change career and find another way of helping people. I am a qualified CBT counsellor as well as a Person Centred and I can facilitate in helping you manage problems by enabling you to recognise how your thoughts can effect your feelings and behaviour, offering an effective approach to emotional distress and issues. I specialise in Bereavement and Loss counselling as well as anxiety and depression. I work to the ethics of the BACP. Confidentiality assured.
Matt has been a Holistic Therapist for the past 8 years (as a therapist) and 5 years (working at a Spa). He gained qualifications in Massage, Aromatherapy, Reflexology & Indian Head Massage. During that time Matt has worked for Lifeline as a Complementary Therapist in Huddersfield & Dewsbury (Lifeline is a public service organisation that helps people with drug and alcohol addictions) and for the past 5 years he has been working full time at a busy health spa in Manchester city centre.
I have been volunteering as a counsellor at the CLC for five years, first on placement as a trainee; qualifying in June 2013, and gaining accreditation in June 2016. I work using a person centred approach with the addition of some aspects of NLP, CBT and Mindfulness. I have been married for 25 years and have two children, in my spare time I keep birds and fish as pets and enjoy gardening, music and going out with friends.
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