Heart Reach is a little gem in the community Karen - The Network, Barnet
CHAIR OF HEART REACH
Nina has 25 years experience, mostly at Barnet College (Community Link Courses), of teaching people experiencing long term and chronic mental health difficulties. Her teaching has been focused on running art classes including pottery and photography.
She now teaches Health and Social Care and Childcare courses at Barnet and Southgate College and Pottery at BEH Mental Health Trust at Chase Farm Hospital.
Nina is currently training to be a yoga teacher with The British Wheel of Yoga and is passionate about introducing wellbeing to the project.
She has a Degree in Sociology.
TRUSTEE AND MEMBER OF HEART REACH
Jacqueline is a Medical Secretary and Key Member of Heart Reach. She acts as Secretary and Book keeper to the Project and has experience of this with the Salvation Army.
She is also running the Knitting Circle which takes place once a week in Boyden's Kitchen in Barnet. She uses her creative skills to teach others knitting and crochet. She is currently working on a mosaic, made at the project, that will go into Friern Barnet Community Library.
TRUSTEE AND SECRETARY
Gwyneth is currently a Volunteer for the Coroners’ Courts. Her varied work experience includes working as a Trading Standards Officer, a Book Keeper and as an administrative support to a consultant surgeon.
She has also held the posts of Honorary Secretary to Monken Hadley Church of England Primary School and Treasurer of the High Barnet Toy Library.
Gwyneth is a passionate and skilled calligrapher and illustrator and apart from teaching the skill to adults she runs her own website producing hand illustrated family trees. She has exhibited and sold her work locally, and collaboratively shown poetry work in Birmingham.
She has written several puzzle books for children.
TRUSTEE AND TREASURER
Paul has a triple major degree in Maths/Economics/Operational Research. He is a Member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers
and Director of the RAC Pension Trustees Limited, Treasurer of Austin Rover, Lex Service and RAC.
His experience includes 30 years experience in funding, foreign exchange, money markets and derivatives.
A father of 3 with 2 dogs he lives in Barnet and enjoys garden design and cycling. He enjoys working as part of a small team, and believes that it is important to make a difference.
A Case History by Alana Rennie
I entered Heart Reach a jaded, quite broken primary school teacher.
My creativity was like a neglected child, raging at me that it didn't get enough attention but not knowing how to be fully grown. In the past I'd used my creativity as a tool of self harm, writing plays sending them off and even when interest was aroused I'd berate myself and tell myself it was not good enough. Desperately, trying to achieve grand things and then never having the self belief to see it through.
At Heart Reach I began to realise that creativity can be gentle, it can be your friend. I finally left behind the weight of expectation of having to create a cerebral masterpiece.
The practice of crafting I found to be immensely satisfying.
I learnt new skills such as how to use hand tools properly, to knit (partially) and about the process of selling.
I realised that there is great beauty in achieving something small in one day.
Whatever the weather to say: 'I made this today' brought spectacular sunshine however unconventionally beautiful it was.
'Heart Reach' helped me gain confidence and realise my potential.
Weeks, days and hours are now filled with the voices of creation and ideas.
In the past I would have told them to shut up but now I let them chatter and sometimes intently listen to them.
I have started my own brand: 'Isobella Bunnymoon', partly named after my grandmother who suffered greatly from mental health issues.
In order to acknowledge my personal change and recognise the journey of transformation I create products that bring life and love into objects that previously had another life and love.
In last two days I have also written two short stories.
I've made furniture.
Transformed the wee patch of grass that is my garden.
Decorated two rooms in my home for under £50.00
I daydream more.
I feel though my life isn't perfect that creativity is singing through me again, it is helping me to heal.
Although I know there's always been music inside, I'm not sure the rhythm of creativity would beat so hard if it wasn't for 'Heart Reach.'
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