Meet the Team

Alyce

I joined Parental Minds as Perinatal Lead and Parent Carer Support Worker in 2022 after having been a remote volunteer and completing my masters in Psychology of Mental Health. I have had my own lived experience and mental health journey but it was after having my son in 2021 that I became more acutely aware of the need for equipping parents with the foundations to support themselves and their children’s mental wellbeing from as early as possible. 

Becca

Over the years, as a pastoral care volunteer, enabler, and friend, I have journeyed alongside others through their experiences of the highs and lows of life, often involving their own, or their children’s mental health issues and additional needs, and as a parent myself, there have of course been personal battles and struggles.

As a trained Listener, I passionately believe that everyone deserves their story and their feelings to be heard and acknowledged, so when I was invited to get involved with Parent + I jumped at the chance to listen and support the whole person, to enable people not to be reduced to the separate roles they are sometimes perceived as by agencies – “parent”, “caregiver” or “advocate”. I am continually awed by the strength and encouragement that people journeying together can find and offer one another.

Brittany

I am a professional illustrator and designer based in Devon. While I illustrate for my agency, Plum Pudding, I also put my graphic design skills to use with Parental Minds. After beginning as just a volunteer I now work diligently to put together resources and advertise events as a full member of staff.

For the past year I’ve also been working as administration, keeping databases up to date, assisting with workshops, and answering emails.

See more Brittany’s work here

Sara

I’m really excited to be joining Parental Minds as a Parent Carer Peer Support Worker. I moved to Devon from Hertfordshire in 2010 and started my own business as an Ofsted Registered Childminder. I set up and ran this alongside Home Educating my two children through the primary school years and obtaining my level 3 NVQ in Children and Young People’s Workforce. 

It was whilst home educating my children, I discovered my love and appreciation for the outdoors, nature and the benefits of exercise, fresh air and a beautiful view for my own mental well-being. I especially love a long walk with my little dog Teddy.

I have lived experience of supporting someone with Eating Disorder,  Anxiety Disorder and Selective Mutism and I know how overwhelming, frustrating and lonely it can feel. I’m looking forward to being able to support other parents and carers along their personal journeys.

Vanessa

I’ve recently joined Parental Minds as a Parent Carer Peer Support Worker. Having spent the last 15 years as a Primary Teacher, I’m really excited to be working more closely with fellow parents on their own journey and being part of such a valuable service.

I am passionate about self-care and enjoy spending time with my family outside; relaxing at the beach and walking with our energetic dog, Sonny.

Sheila

Every person in the world has their own story. Attentive listening can be the most healing experience a person can have. For people to feel their story is heard is transforming; to be privileged to hear their story is a gift. For me, as a volunteer, Parent+ has given me the opportunity to make a difference in an otherwise closed-down world.

Jack Gunns

Jack Gunns is a multi-talented and highly creative designer with a degree in ‘Industrial Design’. Finding creative solutions, knowledge of programs and a natural flair for illustration are my strengths.

Having worked internationally in diverse roles including Team Leader on ICS programs in Ghana & Teaching EFL in Shanghai. Currently working as a Graphic Designer for Barton Willmore and freelancing in logo & illustration.

Visit Jack’s website here.

Simon Anderson

Simon Anderson is a professional website content writer/editor and SEO expert, based near Exeter, Devon. He has 18 years experience in writing for the web and other Internal Communications skills. Since February 2019, Simon has been working as Site Review UK, using his professional skills to optimise the online content of small businesses and organisations across the UK. He’s been particularly busy during the Covid-19 pandemic and has helped proof-read some of our resources.

Visit Simon’s Site Review UK website here.