What inspired you to join Chapter?
I joined Chapter because the hours were ideal for me whilst studying for an Open University degree. What inspires me to stay since graduating, is being part of such an amazing, caring, creative, and compassionate team who work so hard to reach out to people who need support.
What’s the best bit about your work?
Knowing that my contribution plays a part in getting help to people. It’s always great to hear back from the team about individuals who have gone on to reach their goals and manage their mental health better. Just knowing we’ve all made a difference is so rewarding.
Janice what’s your own wellbeing ‘go-to’?
Being outdoors, especially for a long run!
I’m surrounded by fields and country lanes, so I’m out running, walking and cycling a lot. On long runs I escape by listening to music or audiobooks, other times I chat to friends where we offload our worries and stresses of the day. Tears and laughter, we’ve had it all, it’s the best therapy and I urge everybody to give it a go!!
I also love the ‘runners high’ feeling when my brain releases those magical endorphins into my body, it always picks me up, especially on the gloomiest of days. Even on holiday I always try to squeeze in a run or two!
Tell us something unusual, or unexpected, about you that not many people would know.
Before joining Chapter I spent 8 months backpacking my way around 12 countries – the oldest backpacker in town!! I stopped off to volunteer in Cambodia and South Africa and learned a lot about the world (and myself!) on the trip. I feel very privileged to have met some wonderful people from all walks of life along the way.
What’s your favourite inspirational quote for life?
‘Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must, just never give up’
A quote from ultra-marathon runner Dean Karnazes which I often remember on long training runs, but I think it also applies to tackling everyday life.
What 3 things are you most grateful for?
Apart from my family and friends – my health, the countryside on my doorstep, and cheesecake!
Any noteworthy professional associations/qualifications? Go-on blow your own trumpet 😉
Along with a few accountancy qualifications and a Social Sciences and Psychology degree, I’m also a qualified Leader in Running Fitness and currently attempting to progress past Grade 2 on the piano!
Lastly. What would you say to someone who’s thinking about contacting Chapter for support?
Please be brave enough to take that first step! However scary it might seem, Chapter have a wonderful team of super friendly people who will make you feel at ease straight away 😊