Helen has more than 30 years’ experience working in the charitable and local authority sector. As well as overseeing Mind in Bradford’s strategy and operations, she represents the charity at district-wide boards and forums and is currently co-chair of the Mental Health Providers Forum and the Health & Wellbeing Forum, and a member of the Mental Wellbeing Programme Board. She is driven by improving health and wellbeing for all and her passions include being outdoors, enjoying great food and being an auntie to 12 nieces and nephews.
Christina is responsible for monitoring and developing our services to meet the mental health and wellbeing needs of people across the district. Before joining Mind in Bradford, she worked for Rethink Mental Illness and has 10 years’ project management experience working with vulnerable and at-risk children, young people and adults experiencing mental health difficulties. Her roles have been in a range of settings such as Children’s Social Care, Youth Offending Team, Prisons and Schools. Christina holds a degree in Criminology and Sociology and NVQ in Information Advice and Guidance. Christina is currently on maternity leave.
Helen is a qualified Social Worker with over 10 years' experience working with adults, children and young people in Bradford District and Craven, through the local authority and voluntary sector. Helen is covering Christina's maternity leave and works for Mind in Bradford two days a week. In this role, she enjoys being Safeguarding Lead, and supporting Service Managers to ensure services are high quality, effective and which meet the needs of people.
Phil's background has been primarily in the Substance Misuse sector and he has worked in the community, delivering 1:1 interventions in primary care settings and also managed a recovery centre. He also worked in HMP Leeds as a Throughcare and Aftercare Worker, supporting people for release from custody. He has experience in delivering training and really enjoys this part of his work. Phil has a degree in Counselling and Psychology and strongly believes that we should try to understand people's life story before judging them, saying: “A little bit of humanity goes a long way”.
We have a team of empathetic staff and volunteers who man this telephone support service who have been trained to listen, understand and advise on mental health matters. All of them live in the district and can pass on information about other local services which could help you.
April has previously worked in the prison service with young offending women and has also run the Children In Need project across Bradford. She now manages The Sanctuary and believes that people are at the centre of all we do, and that when we value them, work to understand them and equip them with the necessary tools for wellbeing and recovery, we can see measurable positive change. She also runs a training and development business alongside her work with Mind in Bradford. Her hobbies are spending time with her three sons and her husband, or standing at the side of a football pitch cheering them all on!
This welcoming team of understanding staff receive ongoing training in mental health and safeguarding so they can support people experiencing a crisis. Many have lived with mental health problems themselves so can understand how you may be feeling.
Alan has many qualifications around mental health and understanding human behaviour. He is hugely passionate and believes education in mental health theory is key to recovery. Alan runs a host of groups and activities ranging from exercise to psychoeducation.
Tracey first came to Mind in Bradford on placement as a student social worker. Her current role is Wellbeing Practitioner and she also facilitates the Maastricht interview for people who are experiencing hearing voices. Tracey's particular interests are around how adverse life experiences affect mental health and looking at the individual human experience to facilitate change and recovery. Tracey’s spare time is taken up by her five children, partner and dogs. She also enjoys swimming, cooking, eating and socialising.
Charlotte is one of our newer members of staff and is fully trained in delivering our 12-week WRAP course. She is often found in our kitchen area cooking up delicious and healthy food for our wellbeing groups such as WomenZone and offering a empathetic ear and advice to all our clients.
Nyree joined us in March 2019 in a role which she hopes will empower her to instill hope and positivity while promoting wellness in those who live with a mental illness. She grew up abroad before returning to England in 2012 to study occupational therapy at Bradford University. She has always worked in care, mainly with adults with learning disabilities. As she has struggled with her own mental health, she has gained a passion for helping others as she has been helped by services within Bradford and Keighley district.
Asiya is responsible for the smooth running of our city centre HQ and is often the first point of contact for enquiries. As well as administrative duties, she assists with HR and health & safety. She is also a qualified counsellor and works as one of our Recovery Workers.
Aanika is a professional and passionate fundraiser with 10 years’ experience raising funds for a variety of causes including mental health and palliative care. Having joined us from the Marie Curie Hospice in Bradford, she is responsible for working with local communities, businesses and volunteers to support Mind in Bradford's services as well as exploring new ways for Mind in Bradford to raise the funds it needs to expand its vital work across the district.
Donna joined the team in March 2019 following a career of seven years in fundraising and community activities at the Yorkshire Building Society. She has a qualification in running fundraising events and Level 2 Health & Safety. As Volunteer Coordinator, she is responsible for the recruitment, training and well-being of volunteers for Mind in Bradford.
Lucy has experience of working as a communications professional across Bradford and Craven for health and social care organisations in the voluntary and community sector. In her role at Mind in Bradford, she is responsible for promoting to the public mental wellbeing, our services and ways to get involved. Lucy enjoys thinking strategically, using data to inform and monitor impact. Listening to people's needs and journeys is what drives Lucy to think about how to reach more people with the information they need. Lucy's role also involves working across Bradford and Craven's mental health system, to make the communications about services available more clear and coherent.
Sara is a chartered accountant and tax adviser who has previously worked for KPMG and PwC. As Finance Manager she is responsible for all aspects of finance at Mind in Bradford, including receipts of funding and donations, and payments of invoices.
On their recent visit to Bradford, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited a Khidmat Centre, a place devoted to helping vulnerable people from minority ethnic backgrounds. They discussed mental health, which of course can affect anyone. Can we help you? bit.ly/2Gxd6R7... See MoreSee Less
With just one week left to the end of January those of you have been part of RED January may be beginning to feel the tired from being active every day!
And so as the weekend begins remember be gentle with yourselves... taking it easy on a couple of days doesn't mean you've quite your challenge, it simply means resting and taking time to reflect on your efforts so far is just as important to your mental wellbeing as exercising!
Why not take a gentle stroll, so some stretching or simply give yourself the gift of a rest day and use your time to feel proud of what you've done and reach out to friends and family for encouragement.
To see how others have been getting on through January why not take our REDDERs JustGiving pages here and show your support, or ask your friends to sponsor you too!
On their recent visit to Bradford, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited a Khidmat Centre, a place devoted to helping vulnerable people from minority ethnic backgrounds. They discussed mental health, which of course can affect anyone. Can we help you? https://t.co/8QmiLqgfD0
As we near the end of our RED January challenge... many of you taking part may be beginning to feel a little tired from active-every-day challenge so this weekend why not try something gentle & relaxing and remember to be proud of what you've achieved!