Meet our Mental Wellbeing Workers

Hayley has always been interested in Mental wellbeing as she believes it’s everyone’s birth right to live a fulfilled and happy life. Her degree in Counselling and psychology led her to work as a psychological wellbeing practitioner for an adult mental health service before arriving at BFCitC as a mental well-being worker and most recently becoming School’s mental wellbeing manager.

Hayley found that the majority of adults she worked with struggled with their wellbeing because of childhood experiences, so she believed working in a school and supporting young people would be fulfilling.

Hayley is looking forward to supporting the team in her new role so that they can continue having an amazing impact on so many young people’s lives.

Lidia completed a undergraduate degree in Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling studies and a Masters in Applied Clinical Psychology. Alongside studying, she worked as a volunteer counsellor supporting people with drug and alcohol addictions before becoming a mental health support worker supporting the physical and psychological needs of vulnerable adults.

Lidia is very proud to be involved in the school mental wellbeing project as it allows her to benefit today’s youth and help them receive the best possible psychological support.

Cameron’s background is primarily in Sport Psychology and he has worked with academy level athletes in a number of different sports.

Cameron is passionate about working on the Mental Wellbeing Project as he wants to transfer skills and support young people aged 11-18, aiming to tackle some mainstream issues. 

Katy is a qualified counsellor trained in seven different therapeutic approaches. 

With a passion for mental health support and working with young people, this role was perfect for Katy as it combined the two. She aims to help young people to feel empowered and take back control of their mental health, something which she believes is challenging but also rewarding.

Hayley feels priveliged to work on the Mental Wellbeing project and believes her role in schools is increibly rewarding.

Being able to help students find a way to manage their struggles is ultimately what appealed to Hayley about the role and she feels honoured that students put their trust in her to help with their problems.

Kyle attended university and graduated with a masters in both Psychology of Sport & Exercise and Psychology.

He comes with a range of experience of working in schools,  particularly focusing on special educational needs, sports psychology and mental health and wellbeing.

Kyle believes this project is important due to mental health problems being on the rise. This role gives him the opportunity to assist young people dealing with mental health and wellbeing struggles.

Studying a degree in Counselling gave Amanda an insight into children and young people. Her training and placements allowed her to work closely with young people and helped her gain an understanding in supporting their needs.

After conducting research, it was clear to Amanda that more needed to be done to support young people and adolescents and this is a view that is mirrored by BFCitC. 

Amanda believes the 1 to 1 support the project provides is vital in building a therapeutic relationship with a child. She hopes to ease the growing mental health issues that are arising in schools.

Zaid previously worked for Everton in the Community, working in primary schools educating pupils around mental health and leading on physical activity lessons. 

This project appealed to Zaid as it gives him the opportunity to excel whilst helping improving mental health across the Burnley area.

Victoria has valuable experience in the mental health field and has found that everyone copes and reacts differently to different situations.

Victoria is confident she can support students with their mental wellbeing in schools and help provide support to students who may be struggling or not have a support system.

Holding a degree in Psychology and a Masters in Educational Psychology, Hannah has four years of experience working in different educational settings, including a school specifically created for children with social, emotional mental health issues.

Hannah believes that pupils are not able to achieve their best academically or have the best experience of school if their wellbeing is not being cared for. She believes this project is an effective solution for pupils to easily access wellbeing interventions.

Qualified to degree level in Psychology and Counselling, Deborah has previously worked as a community mediator, as well as a volunteer youth worker. Most recently, Deborah has trained and worked as part of the NHS Trailblazer project as an Educational Mental Health Practitioner which provided low intensity interventions for children and young people with mild to moderate mental health problems. 

Deborah feels strongly about young people being able to access mental health support in schools and is proud that BFCitC continue to positively make a difference to the wellbeing of local children and young people.