Chief Executive Officer
Helen Carter – Chief Executive Officer
Helen is a founding member of Loughborough Wellbeing Centre and has overseen the development of the Wellbeing Café Project over the past few years. She has also set up and runs (with a great team of staff and volunteers) our fund-raising shop, The Emporium Gift Shop and Team Rooms which opened in March 2017.
Helen’s background is varied with an Army career in the Royal Military Police before completing 20 years in the Civil Service in various Government Departments, including the Home Office in London.
Helen is passionate about mental health after members of her family have suffered with a range of mental health issues over the years. She is a mental health advocate and Mental Health First Aider and designs and delivers bespoke Mental Health Awareness Sessions in various settings including Loughborough Grammar School.
Shepshed Wellbeing Cafe Leader
Julie facilitates the Shepshed Wellbeing Cafe at the Glenmore Centre in Shepshed. She has developed the cafe over many years “the members have enjoyed art and craft activities, visiting speakers to tell us about other groups and activities in the local area as well as potting plants and bulbs, Ukulele sing a longs and gentle exercise to name a few of our weekly sessions.”
She says that the reason she does this work, is because it makes a difference to each member’s life and she feels privileged that the members enjoy coming along on a weekly basis and everyone works together to make the sessions positive and welcoming for all.
Loughborough Wellbeing Café Leader
Jen’s background is community arts and health. She worked for a local authority for many years before becoming a freelance community artist 8 years ago. Her work is now mainly with health and wellbeing organisations providing creative opportunities to enhance wellbeing. As well as being an artist, she is also a Nia dancer and has been providing therapeutic dance sessions for the Loughborough Wellbeing project.
These run weekly from the Loughborough Wellbeing Café and more recently online through Zoom.
Jen strongly believes that through creativity and dance we can increase positivity and mental wellbeing. She is passionate about being able to make a difference by offering her creative skills and supporting people to grow and progress through creativity.
Chair of Trustees
Nicky Morgan - Chair of Trustees
Nicky is one of the Founders of the Loughborough Wellbeing Café Project, which came about after a younger constituent contacted Nicky when she was Loughborough’s MP to say that there was nowhere for her to go in the community to meet those who were also suffering with poor mental health. From that suggestion came the idea of a drop-in café which started once a month on Friday evenings.
With family experience of mental health challenges and through working with service users and their families and carers and mental health professionals as an MP, Nicky has spoken out about mental health care and needs for many years. She co-led the first ever general debate on mental health in the House of Commons in 2012.
Pauline Ranson - Trustee
Pauline has always been interested and involved in health and wellbeing, both professionally and through community activities.
She is a retired nurse, a current school governor, elected member of both Charnwood Borough Council and Barrow-upon-Soar Parish Council and a former Mayor of the Borough of Charnwood. She is also a trustee of five local welfare charities, two in Loughborough and three in Barrow-upon-Soar. And she chairs the local village liaison committee with a local quarry.
Pauline is married with grown-up children and grandchildren.
Lynne Holding - Trustee
Lynne’s background is in nursing, working for the NHS for over 30 years.
She has been involved with the Wellbeing Café Project from the beginning.
During this time my goal has ALWAYS been to have regular structured activities in the community for everyone recovering from or still enduring mental health difficulties. A base for people to meet, to make friends and realise they are NOT ON their own.
The unique café project is now providing a recognised base and a safe environment for these therapeutic activities to take place.
She is pictured with Jacob the cat who has helped Lynne and her family through some difficult times
Dr Peter Cannon - Trustee
Dr Peter Cannon has been a GP in Loughborough for nearly 25 years. He was formerly Clinical Lead for Mental Health at the West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group. He is an experienced Occupational Physician and GP Specialist in substance misuse. His former professional life as a General Surgeon gives him a very practical approach to problems.
He has a long track record of supporting local voluntary sector organisations in both a professional and personal capacity. This is founded on a strong belief in the power of local people to shape their communities for mutual benefit and to optimise the deployment of precious resources. He also advocates a “wellbeing” model rather than an “illness” model, recognising that everyone has talents and potential and that the objective is to support and empower individuals to take their own steps towards recovery.
Peter lives in Loughborough and is married with 2 children. His favourite word is “kindness”. His favourite saying is “treat people how you would like to be treated”.
Jemma Bagley - Trustee
Jemma has been involved with the Wellbeing Café Project since the beginning through her work in participatory arts. She plans and delivers creative activities for café members.
Jemma has 30 years experience of participatory arts practice including working with the NHS and Charnwood Arts. Her specialism being working with adults with mental ill health to achieve creatively.
She has a degree in textile design and as an artist has sold her work in galleries nationally.
She is an original member of ArtSpace Loughborough and was chairperson for two years.
She is also a school governor. Jemma runs the Friday Creatives sessions for the Wellbeing Café Project and designs many of the creative activities run by the project.