A short Story
I am the founder and program director of Journal. My passions are Mental Health, Creative Communication and Community Development. I have lived on both sides of the therapist chair. My life has been an equal mixture of adventure & chaos. I have a grown up Daughter, Partner & two slightly bonkers but lovable rescue dogs. This is my family and they matter most to me.
At 30 I (through a tale of synchronicity) I became a qualified practising professional therapist, specializing in Loss & Grief, Depression and Childhood Trauma. Since 2010 my passion has become more focused on the power of human story and its benefits to both the storyteller and the community. Since 2010 I have been involved in the meaningful design & co-production of local, regional & national projects.
I am a creative person, both in a practical artistic sense as well as in a problem-solving way. As a younger adult, I designed album covers for independent bands and record labels, illustrated magazines and books as well as delivering community and street art projects. A serious accident and subsequent brain injury took away those physical practical skills and along with it everything that was my identity. Since then I have taught myself digital, graphics and media design skills. I deeply value the power that art, creativity, storytelling & a cup of tea can have in changing lives and communities.
One of the things I love the most in the world is to Travel, far and wide and off the beaten track. I have been all over the world on a budget and enjoy the inspiration and hearts of all the different people and cultures I meet. I am not a sit by the pool kind of person.
The things I am involved in
In one world, I am that guy in a bobble hat with a tiny project. In another I am that guy in conversations with social and organisational leaders. I have also recently found myself (quite by accident) immersed in the world of Social Movements as a Camerado. I am also a director of Bohemia, a community interest company in Blackpool that it very fond of using creativity, art, storytelling, natural living and cups of tea to improve community and personal mental health. We have a space called “The Space” right in the heart of the town center of Blackpool were lots of conversations and kooky things randomly happen.