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.
Data Communications Officer
Keelan graduated from the University of South Wales with a HND in Software Engineering, after which he moved into freelance work within the digital design and web development area working with local clients. He joined Valleys Steps overseeing the analysis and management of mental health assessment data/databases and went on to demonstrate his skills and abilities within the information technology field developing his role with Valleys Steps into Data and Communications Officer and now provides a wide array of technical support to the Valleys Steps team.
Course PractitionerBethan has a Psychology BSc (Hons) degree, and is currently studying her masters in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology. She has a wealth of experience in voluntary and paid roles, particularly in mental health and emotional wellbeing. Before joining Valleys Steps, Bethan 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.
Clare resigned from her 24-year career in teaching in Secondary schools in 2015 to focus and deepen her practice on teaching and training Mindfulness-Based courses. She has been meditating for over 25 years and practicing yoga for 7 years. She qualified in teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at Bangor University and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy at the University of Exeter where she is currently studying for an MSc in Psychological Therapies and MBCT.
Clare is delighted to join the team at Valleys Steps as a Wellbeing Practitioner to deliver Mindfulness and Stress Control courses.
Chrissie has a Degree in Health and Counselling Skills and a postgraduate diploma in counselling. She trained as a counsellor and then worked to support people with substance dependencies by providing groups to help with confidence building and managing stress.
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