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Our Team.

We are really proud of our team. It might be small, but it is mighty!

Made up of a small staff and a growing team of fantastic volunteers, ACTS FAST has become well known for it's pastoral heart and person-centred approach to care. We might be professionals, but we really do care about each and every one of the families we help to support.

 

We're really proud of who we have become, the challenges we've overcome and are proud to say we're on an adventure: constantly learning, improving and developing who we are... to help shape what we do.

OUR TRUSTEE TEAM

Our trustee team are a fantastic board who help steer the ship and be a "critical friend" to keep us on the straight and narrow in our governance. They are highly experienced individuals from a range of professional backgrounds, and their skills are helping shape our evolving model of family support to maximise our impact.

We're busy getting everyone to take their best photo's, so watch this space for more info on them soon!

  •  Simone Walls -Macdonald  Chair

  • Jill Suckling  Secretary

Jill is a retired secondary school teacher and Career Development coach with qualifications in Executive and  Management  Coaching.  She also worked in Social Care with young people who were disengaged from education, and  volunteered with Suffolk Mind, before moving to Dorset, delivering their Early Minds programme in primary schools. This  focuses on mental health and gives children a way to express and cope with their emotional needs. "I feel privileged to  be a trustee of ACTS FAST, supporting them as the charity grows to meet the challenges families face through IIOC and  CSA."

  • Dr Ching-Yu Huang  Treasurer

  • Kerensa Butcher

  • Rachel Skinner

  • Sarah Vile

Sarah has worked with victim/survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence since 2009.  She is passionate    about advocating for people affected by these crimes. Sarah also trains professionals in how to respond to  survivors in trauma-informed ways. "Being a Trustee with ACTS FAST is a real privilege for me; I am able to  help grow and develop further the Charity’s work to support more people and families affected by IIOC and  childhood sexual trauma.​"

  • Joe Whalen

OUR STAFF TEAM

Simone has worked in statutory and voluntary services for over twenty years. Both in client facing and management roles. Prior to ACTS FAST she worked as a senior manager for services supporting primary victims. Simone is passionate about supporting parents and family members impacted by sexual trauma. She believes by building a solid foundation we can support the whole family to recover and lessen the impact of trauma on the community. 

Hannah is an experienced counsellor with an extensive background in trauma informed therapy along with working with families and children, both therapeutically and in a variety of different settings.  

 

Hannah facilitates the Brighter Futures groups, bringing together her gentle interpersonal approach along with a blend of therapeutic knowledge of trauma and its impact on the individual within their day to day life. 

Fun, thoughtful and incredibly skilled -  Emily's our lead researcher and her therapeutic support background is helping demonstrate the benefit of family support.

Vikki

Therapy Lead

A qualified counsellor that has worked with both primary and secondary victims of sexual trauma for the past five years. Vikki has a wealth of experience and knowledge of counselling within the field of trauma.

OUR STAFF TEAM

Simone has worked in statutory and voluntary services for over twenty years. Both in client facing and management roles. Prior to ACTS FAST she worked as a senior manager for services supporting primary victims. Simone is passionate about supporting parents and family members impacted by sexual trauma. She believes by building a solid foundation we can support the whole family to recover and lessen the impact of trauma on the community. 

Hannah is an experienced counsellor with an extensive background in trauma informed therapy along with working with families and children, both therapeutically and in a variety of different settings.  

 

Hannah facilitates the Brighter Futures groups, bringing together her gentle interpersonal approach along with a blend of therapeutic knowledge of trauma and its impact on the individual within their day to day life. 

Julie is an experienced counsellor with an extensive background in trauma informed therapy along with working with adults, children and young people, therapeutically and in a variety of different settings. Julie has worked with both primary and secondary victims of sexual trauma for the past five years. 

Vikki

Therapy Lead

Georgia

Trauma Support Worker

Jo

Trauma Support Worker 

Vikki is a qualified counsellor that has worked with both primary and secondary victims of sexual trauma for the past five years. Vikki has a wealth of experience and knowledge of counselling within the field of trauma.

Georgia has a Level 2 counselling qualification and previously worked within an organisation supporting primary victims of sexual violence. She has several years of experience volunteering on a helpline which provides emotional support for survivors of sexual abuse and mentoring other volunteers to do the same.

Jo  has years of experience volunteering on a helpline which supports primary victims of sexual trauma. She is also currently working towards Level 4 in counselling and an MSc in Health Psychology

OUR VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers are equals in our team. We value every single one of them, and as a charity we couldn't do what we do without them. They are simply incredible people - wonderfully caring and warm hearted through and through.

We've got lot's of opportunities for folk to join our growing volunteer team, so if you've got a little time to give please do get in touch via email support@actsfast.org.uk

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