I’ve worked at Area 43, in one role or another, almost from the beginning. I love the challenges each day brings and feel really proud to lead such a dedicated and skilful team of staff and volunteers. I care deeply about young people and know that Area 43 plays a part in helping them overcome barriers and to achieve their potential.
It is my responsibility to ensure that all the services, contracts and projects managed by Area 43 are delivered to a professional, transparent and accountable standard and I, in turn, am answerable to a dedicated Board of Trustees.
I have lived in the Cardigan area for nearly 40 years and have finally achieved my ambition of living where I can see the sea!
I have an abiding interest in medieval history and enjoy learning new things and visiting new places.
Something you might not know about me
I have 4 grandchildren, 2 cats (Billy & Bobby) and used to be quite formidable with a bow and arrow. I love spring flowers, summer sunshine and swimming in the sea.
Interesting cocktails and cheese of every type and description!
I support Sally, the CEO with business and financial management of the organisation, providing reports to both the Trustees and funders, also working on funding bids and tenders. I have worked in business and financial management in the charity sector for the past 15 years.
I work closely with our schools’ counsellors and their allocated schools to provide the best service possible for the young people who access the provision. Within the centre I provide support to the Drop-in team and really enjoy meeting the young people who engage with us.
Anything with chorizo or fish
Poppit Sands with the tide out
My Border Terrier: Cych
I joined Area 43 in 2017, before that my background was mostly in marketing and events management. I have also been the volunteer Youth Leader at St Dogmaels Youth Club since 2011. During this time as well as running the club, I have organised and managed a mini music festival and community carnivals with live music too!
I feel it’s important to challenge, as well as support the young people that I work with, to help them appreciate the value of putting effort into whatever they are hoping to achieve. Working at Area 43 brings new responsibilities and different issues, but ultimately my goal is the same; to offer the best I can to young people and to empower them to realise their future possibilities.
I began studying with The Open University in 2011, whilst raising two girls as a single mum and working full time. I have faced several personal traumas over the years, but through sheer determination, I managed to overcome those struggles and I gained a Diploma of Higher Education (based around working with Children, Young People and Families), I graduated in 2017.
Who inspires you the most?
My daughters inspire me every day!
I’m happiest when…
I’m walking on the beach with my dog Bailey 😊
Quote I live my life by
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain!” Vivian Greene
YOUTH SUPPORT WORKER
Most of my working life has been spent within catering or art & design. I have always lived in or around Cardigan. I used to be a client of Area 43 back in 1999-2006! I have had a lot of real-life struggles over the years, during some of these times Area 43 and its staff were such a big support and literally were ‘lifesavers’.
I am an extremely resilient, broadminded individual and believe that with the right encouragement and support any young person can overcome and reach their true potential regardless of past or present issues; there is always a path to move forward.
I volunteer as a Deputy Help Point Steward for Glastonbury Festival. Each year our team raise money for our chosen charity ‘Children of Chernobyl’.
My inner drive and determination to overcome obstacles and provide support comes from the love I have for my 2 children.
Hobbies and Interests
I enjoy everything creative, I have a massive interest in design, whether it be costume, interior or cake, anything & everything really! I am currently learning how to weld, with the intention of making metal art sculptures.
Things I Love
- Red wine
- Spending time with friends and family
- Camping & outdoor walks with my 3 crazy Collie dogs
Quote I live my life by
‘ The past can hurt, but the way I see it you can either run from it or learn from it.’ – Rafiki (The Lion King)
I started as the young people’s counsellor at Area 43. After becoming a supervisor and teaching counselling at the local College, I now supervise the Carmarthenshire Schools Counsellors and run a group for the Ceredigion counsellors.
I work closely with all the counsellors, including the counsellor who works in Area 43. We hold regular meetings, in a confidential space and discuss issues that arise with young people in counselling.
Together we work out the most ethical way forward for the best possible outcomes.
It’s really vital to find a balance between respecting the privacy of young clients and knowing when we need to share information to keep young people safe.
Writing a successful book, published by Sage. ‘Skills in Counselling and Psychotherapy with Children and Young People’.
Red, my Labradoodle who is always celebrating life.
Something you might not know about me
I travelled in Africa and now, with a group of friends, support children to go to school and a mum to train as a teacher in Zimbabwe. I love Dylan Thomas poetry and practice Mindfulness Meditation.
Board of Trustees
Our Board of Trustees is made up of a number of well respected, professional people who are very committed to improving the lives of young people, predominantly aged between 16 -25, in our community and the surrounding area, they take their responsibilities extremely seriously and give their time freely on a voluntary basis.
We have a team of both male and female counsellors who can offer counselling bilingually through the Schools Based Counselling Service in Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire, we also have volunteer counsellors available at our Cardigan Centre. All our counsellors hold recognised counselling qualifications up to at least degree level, with the addition of specialised training in working with children and young people. They are also required to be Members of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) or equivalent.