Hi there, my name is Kate and I live with my partner and our 2 girls aged 8 and 10.
My working background is mainly Marketing. I work for N Brown Plc, an online fashion retailer in Manchester, and I have been there for the last 19 years. I went part-time when I had my children and developed a passion to help others. I therefore enrolled at college and for the last 4 years I have been studying Counselling and have just recently qualified as an Integrative Counsellor.
I have been a volunteer counsellor at MIND, the mental health charity, for over 2 years where I support clients with mental health issues. I am also a Peer Supporter at The Priory where I help people who are in addiction. I myself have been sober for over 5 years.
In my spare time (not that I have much!) I love to walk in nature and occasionally get my bike out. I try to keep fit and eat healthily as this has such a positive impact on my mental health. Since going back to college age 45, I have come to realise that I love to learn so I am constantly reading or doing an online course to gain new knowledge.
I have followed Maggie on social media for a few years now and when I saw she was looking for volunteers I jumped at the chance and was over-the-moon when I was accepted to come on board. I truly believe this foundation can make a difference to survivors and it is a privilege to be able to offer my personal and working experience to help others turn their “Pain into Power.”