David is our Support & Development Manager and spends most of his time driving around Herefordshire, finding more ways to support more people. Outside of work, David enjoys spending time with his wife and children and a good cup of coffee.
I’ve worked for Herefordshire Mind for 9 years. I’ve had a variety of roles including support worker, Independent Mental Health Advocate and Community Support Team Manager, but I’ve been the Support & Development Manager since June 2017.
I work to develop new services in line with our strategy “Surviving to Thriving”, which includes increasing our outreach services across the county, fundraising, finding ways to work in partnership with other local charities, recruiting volunteers and developing and delivering our Workplace Wellbeing Training.
Having spent 17 years in the corporate sector, I experienced a mental health crisis, which led me to change my view on what was personally important. I re-trained in counselling and psychotherapy, then spotted an opportunity to work at Herefordshire Mind.
Being able to support others experiencing mental distress is an incredibly rewarding experience and promoting a message of hope and recovery with all of the team is crucial.
[Bestselling author and life coach] Cheryl Richardson hit the nail on the head when she said: “People start to heal the moment they feel heard”. We shouldn’t be asking “What’s wrong with you?”, we should be asking “What happened to you?”