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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 PASSIONATE PATRONS

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HM Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset
Mr Angus Campbell

We are delighted to have the continued support of Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset - Mr Angus Campbell.

Angus Campbell served for many years in the Army Air Corps. Since then he has focused on his farming interests and local politics. He served as Leader of both North Dorset District and Dorset County Councils. He was Chair of the Dorset Olympic Board and of the Strategic Leaders Board for the South West. He has also been a Governor of several schools in the County.

Mr Campbell was appointed to represent the Crown in Dorset and we are delighted to have such an experienced and dedicated individual connected with supporting families affected by CSA ad IVOII here in Dorset. We are very thankful for HM Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset's continued support and encouragement.

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Robert Montagu

We are delighted to have the honourable support of Mr Robert Montagu as a Patron of ACTS FAST.

Robert has a wealth of experience in supporting families going through some of their most challenging times. As a qualified counsellor and Systemic psychotherapist, he works with individuals, couples and families.


Robert is passionate about the recuperative power of all people to respond to life crises and overcome difficulties at every level. His work builds on the natural ability everyone has to rise to challenges even when they seem impossible. As a professional skilled in Non-profit Organisations, coaching, family therapy, strategic planning, and medicine we are delighted to have him a part of the team! Robert also supports the fantastic work of The Family Counselling Trust.

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

Dr Ching-Yu Huang
Treasurer

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. 

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

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 and a lot of compassionate care - please do explore and get in touch!

Watch this space for pictures of our current volunteer team coming soon!

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