Hello! My name’s Kate, and I’ve just joined SSW as the new Wellbeing Services Coordinator. Everyone’s made me feel very welcome, and I’m looking forward to meeting lots of our lovely members over the coming weeks.
In my previous career in hospitality management I always enjoyed bringing people together and fostering a sense of community but, like many other people, I found myself questioning my priorities and direction in life during the pandemic. Having had very positive personal experiences of therapy and counselling, I wanted to facilitate similar experiences for others, and utilise my strong people skills to do work that had more meaning. I took the plunge and have returned to university, where I’m studying part-time towards a Master’s degree in the Psychology of Mental Health and Wellbeing. For the past two years I’ve been working with adults living with low to moderate mental health challenges, delivering a buddy scheme in the Brighton and Hove area.
The projects I’ll be initially focusing on in my new role are working with our counsellor, David, to deliver our free counselling service for members, as well as working with Katie on creating and launching a matching scheme, where we’ll be pairing members and volunteers who share similar interests, to facilitate both fun and friendship!
Beyond this, I hope to establish a cohesive and holistic wider wellbeing service, to support our members to be able to live their best lives. I’m delighted to be part of the team, and am excited to see what the future holds.