Washington Mind currently employ people on a full time, part time and sessional basis. And here they are!

Meet the Team

We would like to introduce you to our team:

Jacqui Reeves

Services Manager

I am Jacqui Reeves, Services Manager here at Washington Mind; I’ve worked in mental health since the early 80’s, starting out nursing with Gateshead Health Authority and then retraining as a Counsellor. Thirty something years later I feel privileged to be a part of Washington Mind’s history of providing much needed services for our local community.

The 80’s was also the time we started our family and we are now proud parents of two lovely daughters and even prouder grandparents to our gorgeous Grandson. Any spare time I get I love to spend with them and the rest of my family and friends …throw in the odd holiday preferably with sunshine and…happy days.

 

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Jacqui Reeves

Jacqui Reeves

Services Manager

Kathy McKenna-Churchill

Training Manager and A LIFE Worth Living Suicide Prevention Co-ordinator

My name is Kathy (Kathleen really but don’t like it). I began my career at Washington Mind in 1999 as a volunteer and have been here ever since….

I am an Independent Mental Health Advocate, that means I support people to speak up for themselves and I also develop and deliver training with a focus upon mental wellbeing, awareness and recovery.

I was young once and was enthusiastically involved in the Punk scene of 1977. Yeah….I know…..such a long, long time ago. I still enjoy a good pogo though….. then a bit of a lie down….!!!!

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Kathy McKenna-Churchill

Kathy McKenna-Churchill

Training Manager and A LIFE Worth Living Suicide Prevention Co-ordinator

Michelle Varty

Counsellor
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My name is Michelle Varty. I have worked as a counsellor for Washington Mind since August 2010. I have to admit I am one of those people who love their job (once I drag myself out of bed).  I love the variety of being in different venues each day and working with some amazing people.

In my spare time if I am not babysitting my grand kids.  I love reading and watching films. My favourite has to be Lord of the Rings.  I have recently started rambling which I enjoy as I love the outdoors when it’s warm and not raining.

Qualifications:

  • Diploma In Counselling

On the BACP Professional Register.

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Michelle Varty

Michelle Varty

Counsellor

Wendy Colling

Community Engagement Worker
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My name is Wendy Colling and I have been involved with the work of Washington Mind a number of years now. I started my journey here as a Service User and went on to volunteer for a year, offering support in the drop-in sessions. I have now been employed by Washington Mind since 2009. My role here has evolved over the years and I am now a Community Engagement Worker – this involves working directly with Service Users, identifying, encouraging and supporting them to engage with their local community and activities which take place within those communities, as well as organising and facilitating new groups and courses at The Life House

When I’m not at work I am run raggered with my three grown up children, grandchildren and family dogs.

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Wendy Colling

Wendy Colling

Community Engagement Worker

Angela Wilson

Young People's Project Lead Counsellor
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Hi I’m Angela Wilson, and since May 2014 I’ve been Lead Counsellor for 13TwentyFive.  Previously I have worked for the Young People’s Counselling Service, and Community CAMHS.  I have 3 children, 2 of whom are now grown up.

I love black and white movies, particularly those with Humphrey Bogart in, and I’m just a little bit obsessed by Nick Cave but still have enough insight to recognise this !

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Angela Wilson

Angela Wilson

Young People's Project Lead Counsellor

Helen Urwin

Young People's Counsellor
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Qualifications:

  • Foundation Degree in Counselling
  • BA Hons Counselling

On BACP Professional Register.

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Helen Urwin

Helen Urwin

Young People's Counsellor

Pam Armitage

Sessional Trainer
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Hi I’m Pam. I’ve been working as a sessional trainer with Washington Mind since 2012 but have worked in a variety of different roles in mental health since 1995.  I deliver a range of mental health courses to volunteers, carers and professionals with the aim of increasing people’s knowledge, attitudes, skills and confidence to support others.  I also deliver community courses at the Life House on topics such as stress management and assertiveness. I love the fact that every group or course I am part of is very different to the next due to the unique qualities that each participant brings. It is also very rewarding to be part of something that can have such a positive impact on people’s lives or on the support they get from others.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with family and friends, watching films and going to the gym. I also like to walk along our beautiful coast (with a hot chocolate and piece of cake at the end!)

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Pam Armitage

Pam Armitage

Sessional Trainer

Leigh-Ashley Scott

Communication Support
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“Hi! My name is Leigh-Ashley Scott and I have originally joined Washington Mind as the Reception Apprentice but now I am Communication Support and my main job is working on our websites including this one and wellbeinginfo.org and our social media accounts. I used to work on the front desk a lot, I'm not there as much now but I'm still out and about within the building a lot and taking calls so no doubt you'll see or hear from me soon enough.

In my spare time I enjoy baking sweet treats and reading!”

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Leigh-Ashley Scott

Leigh-Ashley Scott

Communication Support

Jemma Hutchinson

Business Support Manager
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Hi, my name is Jemma and I am the Business Support Manager here at Washington Mind. I joined the team in June 2017.

I have worked in the charity sector for over 11 years, but working in mental health is new to me, so I am really looking forward to the challenge. And learning new things.

When I am not at work I like to go to the gym and go walking, I use it as an excuse to meet up with friends whilst staying fit and healthy. I also like to watch Sunderland play football.

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Jemma Hutchinson

Jemma Hutchinson

Business Support Manager

Margy Heskett

Business Admin Support
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Hi! My name is Margy Heskett and I joined the Washington Mind team in October 2016 Business Admin Support.
I love working front of desk where I can be the first point of contact for clients and users of the building.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my children, grandchildren, my 2 shih Tzu dogs.
I also enjoy holidays and relaxing in the sun

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Margy Heskett

Margy Heskett

Business Admin Support

Kelly Stoker-Jones

Training Administrator
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Hi! I’m Kelly and I have been working with Washington Mind since January 2020. I deal with training enquiries, bookings and the administration duties within the training department. You might also see me helping out on reception which I really enjoy as I get to meet and support our service users.

Outside of work most of my time is spent with my husband and two sons, this usually consists of watching/playing football and eating out. I also have three dogs, two working Cocker Spaniels and a rescue Hungarian Vizsla who we adopted from Budapest. They love walks and lots of attention!!!

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Kelly Stoker-Jones

Kelly Stoker-Jones

Training Administrator

Clare Rice

Young People's Counsellor
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Hi, I’m Clare!

I have worked for Washington Mind since December 2018 as a counsellor on the young people’s team. I started as a sessional worker having qualified a few months prior and haven’t looked back. My work with Washington Mind is part time, but I love the people and place and look forward to going into work on my scheduled days. I work privately as well; for the probation service, and online work when away from Washington Mind.

In my spare time, I love to cook and would describe myself as a creative person. At the beginning of this year I started to add my recipes to an Instagram account and have found following my passion to be an extremely important part of looking after myself. I also enjoy reading and getting out and about; seeing and investigating somewhere new.

<u>Qualificiations</u>

Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling

MSc Health Psychology

BSc Forensic Psychology

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BACP Registered Member

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Clare Rice

Clare Rice

Young People's Counsellor

Jenny Carter

Creative Lead
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Hi! I’m Jenny and I’m the Creative Lead for our Young People’s Project. My role is all about how being creative (whether that’s through writing, making art or anything else) is not only good for our mental health, but also an important part of what we offer at Washington Mind!

I oversee our youth-led projects, like strange things? Collective and the Mental Health Zine Library, where we do workshops and produce zines, giving young people the opportunity to share their work. 

I started as a volunteer in 2013 and I love that there’s always something exciting happening at Washington Mind, and how we constantly have young people and our community at the heart of everything we do.

Aside from being a crafty person myself, my other favourite things include watching movies with my partner and being a mam to our lovely 18 month old daughter. I’m also currently training to be a counsellor!

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Jenny Carter

Jenny Carter

Creative Lead

Donna Knowles

Young People's Counsellor
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Hi, I'm Donna and I've come to work at Mind on a secondment from Together for Children. I've been working with young adults for over 5 years and qualified as a counsellor in 2006.

When I'm not at work, I love to go out and travel when I can. I paddleboard and I've just started to swim in the sea which is funny as I don't really like being cold!!!

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Donna Knowles

Donna Knowles

Young People's Counsellor

Julie Fraser

Clinician
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I'm an experienced mental health practitioner who provides consultation and supervision to the Washington Mind service.

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Julie Fraser

Julie Fraser

Clinician

Simon Rose

Counsellor
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My name is Simon Rose. I started at Washington Mind as a volunteer counsellor for the Adult Counselling Team during my placement while undertaking counselling training in 2017.

I trained in Humanistic counselling but also work creatively when possible – I wrote my dissertation on the use of music in the counselling room.

I live by the coast and enjoy spending time on the beach with my family.

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Simon Rose

Simon Rose

Counsellor

Leanne Armstrong

Counsellor
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Hello, My name is Leanne Armstrong, and I began my journey with Washington MIND in February 2017, when I volunteered as a counsellor, whilst studying my Level 4 &amp;amp; 5 with Northumberland college. I passed my L5 in July 2019 and went on to study the L6 BA Honours at Sunderland University from September 2019 till July 2020. Since completing the BA Honours I became an employee at Washington MIND in September 2020, where I enjoy being  a part of the Washington MIND adult counselling and the wider MIND team. Away from MIND I enjoy spending time with my family, and spend my free time in the equine world with my horse.

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Leanne Armstrong

Leanne Armstrong

Counsellor

Mollie Mcilvaney

Communication Support
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Hi, I'm Mollie, and some of you may know me from my many years of volunteering at Washington Mind. I began my journey here when I was around 16, getting involved with the craft groups! Now I have moved from volunteer to part of the team (officially) as Communication Support where I will be working with our websites and social media.

When I'm not at work I enjoy spending time with my family and pony! I also have two very mini sausage dogs who sometimes tag along to the Life House, so if you hear any tiny feet around, don't worry!

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Mollie Mcilvaney

Mollie Mcilvaney

Communication Support

Sue Burnell

Admin Support
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Hi I'm Sue, I am delighted to be back at Washington Mind having helped out as a volunteer in the past. You will find me on reception where I will be looking to help, support our service users and Washington Mind team.

In my spare time you will often find me either outdoors walking the coast line in all weathers or at the gym trying to stay healthy. I love to travel and experience new places, people and cultures.

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Sue Burnell

Sue Burnell

Admin Support

Catherine Greenan

Counsellor
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Hi, my name’s Catherine, and I joined the adult counselling team at Washington Mind in September 2021.  I qualified as a counsellor in 2010 and have worked in the charity sector throughout my counselling career.

My own health and wellbeing is important to me and I look after my physical and mental health by training regularly in the gym, which I love.  I do a bit of everything – but I particularly like strength and conditioning (and don’t like anything which involves running!)  I also enjoy long walks in the local area which has lots of beautiful green space and woodlands, and spending time with my lovely family.

Qualifications:
Foundation Degree in Counselling
BA Honours Counselling
On BACP Professional Register.

 

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Catherine Greenan

Catherine Greenan

Counsellor

Holly Thompson

Mental Health Practitioner
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Hi! My name is Holly and I am the Mental Health Practitioner here at Washington Mind. I joined the team in September 2021, and my main role is offering emotional support and working on the Ear Listening service. You’ll also see me assisting in some of our group activities around the office!

When I am not in work, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, volunteering and any chance to go travelling and sightseeing. I also have two adorable black cats, Bella and Beau!

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Holly Thompson

Holly Thompson

Mental Health Practitioner

 

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