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Meet the team
CNWL Recovery & Wellbeing College team is made up of peer trainers (people with lived experience of mental health challenges) and mental health professionals.
Working together, we recognise that the expertise of people with lived experience of mental health difficulties is as valuable as the knowledge of mental health practitioners: both to the individual journey of recovery and to the development and delivery of services.
The members of the team that you may meet when you visit the CNWL Recovery & Wellbeing College are:
Recovery and Wellbeing College Manager
Syena Skinner is the CNWL Recovery & Wellbeing College Manager. She has been working within adult mental health services for over 25 years and has been a qualified social worker for 14 years. She has managed a variety of services such as a supported housing scheme, housing support service and teams within day services. Syena has been involved in the development of the CNWL Recovery & Wellbeing College from the beginning and is honoured to be working alongside others who are committed to creating and delivering recovery focused workshops and courses.
Interim Deputy Manager
Mary-Anne has been involved with the Recovery and Wellbeing College since its launch in 2012, but has actually worked in the College since March 2016 when she joined us full-time, as Project Manager for the ‘Recovery and Wellbeing College in Practice project’. The aim of this project was to replicate the College’s model within a general practice setting. The project has now ended but Mary-Anne continues to work in the College, recently taking up the post of Interim Deputy Manager.
Mary-Anne’s background is in administration and management and she is the peer trainer for the ‘Recovery and Wellbeing Focused Practice for Administration staff’ and ‘Discovering Self Compassion’ workshops. Mary-Anne has experience of using mental health services and uses her own personal experience of recovery within her work. She has previously worked for a young people’s counselling service, an occupational therapy department and as a personal assistant for the CNWL trustwide Recovery Lead.
Orla has been using mental health services for over 11 years. She is a Peer Trainer for CNWL Recovery and Wellbeing College and is studying to be a counsellor. She has been engaging in peer work for nine years and worked in housing before joining the team.
Peer Recovery Trainer
Waldo Roeg is a Peer Recovery Trainer. After completing a four month placement within the Trust and he worked as a volunteer for two years. He played a key part in starting the Peer Support Worker program at CNWL and completed the first Peer Support Worker Training run by the Trust. Waldo is now employed by the Trust as a Peer Recovery Trainer at the CNWL Recovery & Wellbeing College, where he has taken an active role in developing and delivering the courses there.
Peer Recovery Trainer
Wil has been using mental health services for more than ten years. She is an Associate Peer Recovery Trainer for CNWL and also co-facilitates workshops for Kensington & Chelsea MIND Service User Network (SUN). Wil also evaluates community mental health services via User Focussed Monitoring (UFM).
Senior Recovery Trainer
Sam Nicholls has worked within mental health services for twenty years and holds both a Post-Qualifying Diploma and MA in Social Work, although she believes that personal qualities of compassion, collaboration and hopefulness are as important as qualifications. Sam is very excited to be working in the Recovery College as she is particularly interested in the concepts of human rights, holistic wellbeing and the power of education for all. Sam has been particularly involved in developing the Storytelling work in the college.
Senior Recovery Trainer
Fi Tutton has been working for the Central and North West London Recovery and Wellbeing College since 2017 as a Senior Recovery Trainer (Mental Health Lead).
Among other responsibilities she co-produces and reviews training support materials for courses and workshops, co-delivering a range of recovery focused courses and workshops and leads on the development of the Recovery and Wellbeing college volunteer programme.
Fi has worked within adult mental health services for over 16 years primarily in day services as a trainer. She feels strongly about the importance of an educational approach to recovery and in particular providing a warm, supportive environment where learning is both enjoyable and accessible.
Senior Peer Recovery Trainer
Angela has worked as a trainer in recovery and disability rights for a number of years and has also worked in peer support, advocacy and as a broker for personal budgets. She is currently developing a course on “Understanding bi-polar and self-management.” All of her work is informed by her own personal recovery from mental health difficulties. She has learnt from her own experience and the experience of many others that it is always possible to turn your life around or build a happier life with the right support.
Events and Communications Administrator
Miriam Peck is the Events and Communication Administrator at the Recovery and Wellbeing College. She has worked at the College since 2014. She has experience of using mental health services and uses this and her personal experience of recovery within her work. Her background is in legal, criminal justice and other public policy research. She has also worked in services providing support for vulnerable adults, helped to run a mentoring service for young people and been an adviser at a community centre.
Charmaine Kazmi joined CNWL in May 2018 as a Peer Support Worker (PSW) as part of the ENRICH project (Enhanced discharge from inpatient to community mental health care). ENRICH is a programme of applied research to manualise, pilot and trial a Peer Worker intervention. She also works two days a week in the Recovery & Wellbeing College as an administrator.
Attending the Recovery and Wellbeing College courses has been an integral part of Charmaine’s personal health and well-being journey. She is passionate about the College model and principles, which inspire hope and model the possibility of recovery. They inform her peer support work which in turn enables, encourages and supports others on their own journeys of recovery.
Scott has worked within CNWL for over ten years. Since 2013 he has worked with the CNWL Recovery & Wellbeing College admissions office, helping with enrolments of students and planning and distributing course material.