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.
Domestic and Sexual Violence Specialist
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 gained a distinction for her masters in Domestic and Sexual Violence (DSV). Rachel is always looking for ways to best support her target client group and is currently piloting a new trauma informed model of delivery.
Worzel is a registered AAT (Animal Assisted Therapy) dog and has been working with children and young people in a therapeutic capacity for the last 4 years. He is a fully insured working dog and never fails to bring a smile to those he meets.
Velvet & Teddy
Velvet and Teddy are our Animal Assisted Therapy ponies. They are both only youngsters and will require ongoing training, despite this they work very effectively with our children and young people. They both have very sweet natures and are loved by everyone they meet.
Sessional & Support Workers
We are fortunate to have a number of sessional workers who support delivery of our core services, also giving their time to support delivery of extra-curricular activities, holiday provisions and community events.