Our dedicated team is passionate about bringing people together to end the loneliness and isolation of depression. We also rely on the expertise and commitment of our volunteers, trustees, members, friends and group facilitators across the country, without whom our vital work would not be possible.
Ansa - West Berkshire Friends in Need Coordinator
I have worked at DA for a year and a half now as Project Coordiantor Friends in Need West Berkshire. Most of my career is within the mental health sector as my own experience enables me to have better insight with service users. Interesting fact: I am fluent in 3 languages.
Becky - Bath Friends in Need Coordinator
I have been working for the Depression Alliance since Nov 15, working to set up support groups for people in the Bath area. Prior to this I worked in a Youth Offending Team and with the homeless, before becoming a Mummy and staying at home with our little boy, River. I ran my first half marathon for DA recently, and for me running has become a natural anti depressant!
Christina - Marketing Coordinator
I am the marketing coordinator for the West London project. I have worked in the charity sector for seven years and has been at Depression Alliance since May 2015. My lived experience of anxiety and undergoing a cognitive behavioural therapy course gives me a particular drive to ensure that others are also aware of the help that is available to them. Interesting fact: I LOVE spreadsheets, if it can go in a spreadsheet be sure that I will put it in one. Favourite type of hat: Pirate hat of course!
Katie - Croydon Wellbeing Engagement Coordinator
My name is Katie Oliver and I work with Sarah Strong as the Wellbeing Engagement Coordinator for Croydon in partnership with Croydon IAPT who offer psychological therapies for those affected by stress, anxiety, trauma or depression. My job involves raising awareness about Croydon Friends in Need and IAPT in order to help reduce the isolation and daily struggles that depression and anxiety present and setting up new opportunities and activities for our Friends in Need members to connect, recover and rediscover themselves. I also find this happens to me, especially in poetry group. My professional background is in health and wellbeing and my career includes many gems from cooking in schools, setting up stop smoking clinics, working in politics on the last General Election Campaign...and selling women's sportswear from London boutiques. My true passion centres around seeing people set free from mental pain and having the voice to tell their story in order to help others. FUN FACT, I collect Marmite jars.
Louise - Side by Side & Groups Coordinator
I have worked at Depression Alliance for over two years first coordinating the Fin network in Windsor Ascot and Maidenhead, and now on the Side by Side project travelling between West London, Plymouth and Northampton. My early career was spent working in IT for Finance companies, however I have found the last 12 years much more fulfilling both volunteering for and working in small charities - with Depression Alliance being the largest so far!
Sarah - Croydon Friends in Need Coordinator
I am the Friends in Need Coordinator for the Croydon project and have been working for Depression Alliance for nearly three years. This is my first post in the charity sector having worked in information services-related jobs for the previous twenty years. My current role provides a valuable link between those who experience anxiety/depression and the local NHS services that can help them and I , too, am familiar with both sides. Interesting fact: I cycle. A lot. I have physically and mentally exhausted myself doing it. I have broken bones doing it. I've cycled up mountains and over cobbles. Bloody love it. Favourite hat: Gibus - doesn't take up much storage space!
Stuart - West London Friends in Need Coordinator
It's important to me to work in something that involves working with people and being part of a positive change. Very glad to be a part of this charity and also this project. Lots of feedback from people who really benefit greatly from being involved. We have had plenty of uplifting activities lately, including park walks, coffee evenings, and visits to the Royal College of Music, Big Ben & Houses of Parliament, Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Opera House, with lots more to come!
Tina H - Northampton Side by Side Coordinator
My name is Tina and I work along side Louise on the Side by Side project in Northamptonshire. In my spare time I volunteer for Rushden Mind. Through my own experience of depression I have found peer support, mindfulness and yoga to be invaluable. This positive experience has made me passionate about bringing people together and supporting others on their road to recovery.
Yvonne - West London Friends in Need Coordinator
I’ve been with Depression Alliance as a Project Coordinator for a short time, since October 2015. Leaving the world of finance behind a long time ago, I’ve got 15 years of experience within the voluntary and public sector supporting and developing people on their road to self-development and wellbeing.