Katie is a friendly, welcoming person who believes in the power of time spent safely among friends, without judgement, and with support. She always says yes to a cup of tea (black and weak please!) and is an expert at dodging a camera.
She has recently taken on a new position working for the NHS coordinating voluntary services, and before that spent the last 3 years supporting people living with dementia and their families. She has provided one to one advice and support, and run several groups for people living with dementia and their carers. These groups have included singing, coffee mornings, and more activity based groups.
She also worked very recently in a heritage museum team providing groups for care homes and mental health focussed groups.
Katie also has experience working in child protection, and in a community learning disabilities team as an Assistant Clinical Psychologist.
One of Katie's career highlights was the 3 months spent living on a mountain retreat for sick children in Poland. Not speaking any Polish, this was a huge challenge, but there are many ways to communicate aside from words and Katie managed to use them all to her advantage here.
Other posts Katie has held include working at Durham hospital on reception and running her own cake making business while her children were young. The cake business was lots of fun, and running cake decorating classes was one of her favourite things.
Katie is a member of our Operations Team, as well as a Founder and Trustee of the charity.
Katie has completed training on many subjects and is always keen to learn more.
Fomal qualifications include:
Post Graduate Certificate in Clinical Applications of Psychology
Training completed within her previous roles includes:
Hand under hand techniques
Playlist for Life training
COVID-19: Pyschological First Aid
Making Every Contact Count
Supporting bereavement and loss
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Meeting the complex needs of people with dementia
Safeguarding adults: one day workshop
Emotional Resilience at Work
Dementia Awareness and Person Centred Approaches
Health and Safety Training