Wendy developed a passion for working with children, young people and families whilst working as a Family Group Conference Co-ordinator and volunteering as Junior Church/Youth Group leader. Her passion for supporting children and families continued upon qualifying as a counsellor where she was keen to work holistically with children and families through providing 1:1 therapy in addition to therapeutic nurturing programmes for parents/carers, enabling them to identify and support the emotional health and wellbeing of their children and young people. Recent employment as Senior
Primary Mental Health Worker saw extensive interaction with multi-disciplinary teams in providing robust therapeutic interventions for children, young people, parents and foster carers within Sandwell Children’s Trust with particular focus in working with Children In Care. Wendy enjoys hiking and a recent achievement of climbing Ben Nevis and the Swiss Alps inspired her to seek to offer similar empowerment to others; believing outdoor challenging experience provide opportunities to develop self-esteem, confidence and motivation to effect change.
Rebecca (Bic) Mainstone
Bic has extensive experience working with young people of all ages and in a variety of capacities. Initially qualified in Information, Advice and Guidance Bic was a programme co-ordinator within a training organisation that supported young people who were not in education, employment or training and delivered recognised qualifications, whilst supporting the young people to develop their personal and social skills and secure positive transitions upon programme completion. Bic then went on to qualify as a therapist and worked for a number of years as an Addictions counsellor in a rehabilitation centre before moving into a career working therapeutically with children and young people within the borough
of Sandwell. More recent employment has included working with children in care and offering therapeutic interventions to young people residing in secure settings and young offender’s institutes, alongside those who were subject to serving court orders within their local community. Bic also has a keen interest in both the outdoors and creative therapy and believes children and young people thrive within environments that allow them the time, space and freedom to explore and address their own needs, whilst developing their personal interests.
Worzel is a registered PAT (Pets As Therapy) dog and has been working with children and young people in a therapeutic capacity for the last 3 years. He is a fully insured working dog and never fails to bring a smile to those he meets.
Community Support Worker
Having worked within several school settings during her career, our Community Support Worker Rachel has previously been employed as a substance misuse peer education officer and a learning mentor. She has held administrative roles within the community through a company called a4E which saw her working in a multiplicity of community centres and charity organisations such as women’s refuge, homeless shelters, Citizens Advice Bureaus, hospitals, drop – in centres for young people, substance misuse services, and mental health organisations to list but a few. Having worked extensively as a residential support worker throughout the Midlands with looked after children, Rachel is passionate about working towards a more inclusive society for children experiencing adversity and has considerable experience of working alongside children and young people with behavioural and learning difficulties. With a basic counselling qualification and a diploma in Social Science, Rachel recently achieved a First-Class degree in BSc Psychology and Criminology and is now studying a masters in Domestic and Sexual Violence (DSV).