What inspired you to join Chapter?
How we all look after our mental health in increasingly stressful times is something that I’m really interested in. Whether that’s building strong foundations for resilience in children and young people or working with adults and older people whose well-being has taken a downturn. I’ve worked in local voluntary sector for almost twenty years and knew about the great work that Chapter does for those affected by mental ill health and so I jumped at the opportunity to join the team when I saw the role advertised that matched my skills.
What’s the best bit about your work?
I am really new to the role at Chapter but I would say that I am excited to use my skills to be a part of the team that ensures that frontline staff and volunteers are able to do their roles, supporting people who need it most. It’s an exciting time to join the team with a real blend of experienced and new staff looking forward to developing the charity even further.
Thanks for that. And what’s your own wellbeing ‘go-to’?
I love being outdoors with my family, (a husband two young children and our dog) and we’re always on the look out for new trees to climb. After that I love to curl up with a good book and the perfect cup of tea!
Perfect. Jolene tell us something unusual, or unexpected, about you that not many people would know.
I was the Rosebud Princess for two years in our local town carnival and my poor mum and dad had to make thousands of paper roses for the float! This doesn’t really sit well with my feminist principles today but I was only 6…..
What’s your favourite inspirational quote for life?
It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. – Although I’m not keen on the ‘men’ bit
What 3 things are you most grateful for?
Family and friends, a good cup of tea, music
Any noteworthy professional associations / qualifications?
I am a qualified teacher, a CIPD member and I’ve worked in the voluntary sector for almost 20 years which I’m very proud of.
Lastly. What would you say to someone who’s thinking about contacting Chapter for support?
Make that first contact either by phone, social media or email, the sooner you reach out the better. We’ll take things at your pace, everyone here is really helpful and supportive; you don’t have to work through things on your own.