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.
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.
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.
Data and Communications Officer
Keelan moved on 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 a verity of clients across Wales. 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.
Well-being Course Practitioner
Bethan has a Psychology BSc (Hons) degree, and an MSc 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.
Marie has joined Valleys Steps as a Financial Assistant who is responsible for the day-to-day financial
Well-Being Course Practitioner
Clare’s background is in teaching for over 25 years, she was a Senior Leader in an inner -city secondary school in Cardiff. Clare has a wealth of experience teaching Mindfulness courses and has trained at Bangor University, Mindfulness in Schools Project and the University of Exeter where she gained a PG Diploma in Psychological Therapies and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Approaches. She is listed as a Mindfulness teacher in the UK Network of Mindfulness Teachers and follows the Good Practice Guidelines for teaching mindfulness-based courses. Clare has been practising meditation and yoga for many years and regularly attends teacher training workshops, mindfulness meditation retreats and courses. She works part- time with Valleys Steps as a Wellbeing Course Practitioner.
Well-Being Course Practitioner
Max has worked in various mental health settings and roles for roughly ten years. His experience ranges from working in high secure mental psychiatric hospitals to residential and domiciliary care settings. He has also worked in various behaviour management units educating young people with behavioural difficulties. Max has completed a degree in psychology and is currently studying a masters degree in clinical psychology. He also has an interest in hypnotherapy and business and is currently undertaking courses in these areas.
College Wellbeing Practitioner
Sue has extensive experience in health, mental health and wellbeing, working within the NHS and voluntary sectors. She began her career as a general nurse with over 15 years of service before pursuing her interest in psychology and gaining a first class honours degree. Sue went on to complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Mental Health Practice while working within the Primary Care Mental Health Team with people experiencing stress, anxiety and depression. More recently she volunteered for the Education Programmes for Patients delivering courses to people with long term health conditions, before becoming a paid coordinator. Sue regularly practices Mindfulness and yoga.
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