Meet the team
A friendly bunch
Valleys Steps has been operational since October 2015.
The wider team was formed in 2016 and is enthusiastic about being part of delivering this exciting new initiative all across the wider Cwm Taf areas. We are a small, but very friendly team, who hope we can make a difference in local communities. We always appreciate feedback and suggestions on how we can continually improve the service we deliver for you.
Alison is our Lead practitioner. She is a registered mental health nurse with many years’ experience working with people to help them improve well-being. Alison has been involved with the Valleys Steps project since it was piloted by Cwm Taf UHB and delivered many of those courses. She has delivered CBT based courses such as Stress Control and our Mindfulness course for over 6 years.
Volunteer Support Officer
Prior to joining Valleys Steps, Jane primarily worked for community based organisations. Her work within Adult Education in particular, organising community based learning, gives Jane a wealth of knowledge and understanding of local issues which she is now utilising to support the delivery of the project and its aims.
Bethan is a Psychology graduate with a wealth of experience in voluntary and paid roles, particularly in mental health and emotional wellbeing. Before joining Valleys Steps, she was a Wellbeing Mentor, working with University students to help them improve their wellbeing and manage various mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. Bethan volunteered with Valleys Steps in her spare time before taking on the role of Wellbeing Course Practitioner.
Paul has worked in a variety of industries and has over ten years experience of supporting students in Higher Education. He has completed a BSc. and Masters Degree in Counselling in the Family Institute at the University of South Wales. Paul has experience of working and volunteering in the third sector, delivering adult education courses in the community and as a volunteer counsellor for several agencies.
Josh graduated from Reading University with a degree in Psychology, and is working towards a second degree in systemic counselling at the Family Institute at the University of South Wales. He regularly works with Cadwyn Housing as a voluntary counsellor, using the skills he’s acquired in his studies to help tenants with mental health issues and difficult life situations.
Josh is a comedian, musician and a keen meditator. In his time at Valleys Steps he has very much enjoyed sharing the transformative power of mindfulness with the people of South Wales.
Shelley completed her Psychology degree in 2010 and has since been employed in various positions within public,private and third sector, helping people manage their mental health difficulties. Shelley began her career helping long term unemployed clients find work by enabling them to overcome depression, anxiety and confidence issues. Before joining Valleys Steps, Shelley delivered one to one cognitive behavioural therapy as well as psycho education courses to people dealing with mild to moderate anxiety and depression across Cornwall.
The current Valleys Steps team from left to right is:
Bethan Jones, Shelley Gopsill, Paul Griffiths, Josh Elton, Felicity Crump, Lynda, Alison Jones, Keelan Jonathan & Jane Thomas
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