WELCARE STAFF TEAM
I joined WelCare as Director in April 2022 having volunteered and worked for WelCare part-time since 2017. I have 20 years experience as a children and families social worker and 20 years experience as a senior lecturer at Royal Holloway on their MSc in Social Work course. I am passionate about the work that WelCare undertakes and am delighted to be given the opportunity to work with the team to further develop WelCare’s projects and services.
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I joined Kingston WelCare as the administrator in June 2013. Prior to this I volunteered with WelCare for 6 months. My role covers a wide range of tasks including book keeping, financial accounting, reports and statistics. I'm enjoying working for WelCare, especially since it is a charitable organisation. It is a privilege to work with people who have the compassion to help society.
I am a former university lecturer in anthropology, who now works as a coach and tutor for university and secondary school students. Apart from teaching course content, this involves confidence building, developing organisational skills, and building mental health resilience. I have experience in developing and managing international university collaborations, more specifically in relation to an EU funded Human Rights Master’s Programme. In 2015-16, I worked with the Cystic Fibrosis Trust as a pro-bono learning and development consultant, contributing to developing their training and capacity building programmes, including e-learning. My connection with WelCare’s values is strong, as I am first and foremost a parent who appreciates the challenges of bringing up children and I have personal experience of dealing with mental health issues.
Revd Sandy Cragg
I have been involved with WelCare in a variety of ways. Originally a teacher of French and Italian, I am a priest in the Church of England serving at All Saints Church in the centre of Kingston, and a counsellor. I count bringing up my three children and helping them with their children as among the most important and life-affirming things I have done. I have a long-standing interest in mental health, with a Certificate in Pastoral Care of people with mental health issues from Westminster Pastoral Foundation, and a Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, with particular emphasis on mental health, from Roehampton University.
I graduated at Kingston University and am a qualified Chartered Surveyor. My professional work was in a legal setting where I dealt with property valuation court appeals. I was a parent of three children under two and a half including twins who are now young adults. I am aware of the acute challenges parents face and their need for ongoing support. I have a particular interest in mental health and have completed a mental health first aid course. I am also a trained listener on a voluntary basis in the community and have a Foundation Certificate in Psychotherapy and Counselling from the Westminster Pastoral Foundation. In addition to being a trustee I support parents at WelCare. I take an interest in what our parents think and feel about themselves and their parenting, and encourage them to voice these and find solutions, whilst developing friendships and mutual support from one another.
I am a Chartered Accountant and Kingston resident, proud husband and dad of two (3 including the dog). I joined Kingston WelCare in 2015 and thoroughly enjoy supporting a local charity, for a good cause and working with inspiring people.
I have been involved with Kingston WelCare for about 20 years, serving as chair for six of these. After qualifying as a social worker, I worked with children and families in Northumberland, Wandsworth and Kingston, as both a practitioner and manager. My particular interests were services for the under-fives and family placement. Although not a parent, I have wide knowledge and understanding of the stresses faced by young families. I am also a volunteer listener at All Saints Church, Kingston.
I have been working for WelCare as an adviser to its Committee. I am an ESOL trained personal tutor, teaching maths and English to mature students and young children locally. Bringing up a daughter and two sons in Kingston has given me the greatest insight into the challenges of raising a family in this area. I am an advocate for providing children with secure, compassionate and supportive environments, enabling them to flourish. Involvement at WelCare has made it possible for me to support local families and share these values.
I am a mother and grandmother and was introduced to WelCare in 2011 when I was looking after my grandson. When he started school I continued supporting WelCare and joined the committee in July 2014. I have 10 years catering experience and 24 years in childcare. I regularly support WelCare's catering events and family activities.
Anne has her own business delivering leadership development to companies internationally. She has lived in Kingston for 25 years and is a local councillor. Her ward includes WelCare.