I started my career working within a multidiscipline mental health team in the heart of the diverse cultural city of Cardiff, worked mainly with young people with major mental health diagnoses and ran support groups. I then moved into Children Social Services and then ended up in Residential Care. After I decided to leave social work, I went back to university to re-train as a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor; and I’ve now spent the last 14 years working within the field of domestic abuse and mental health.
Although I moved away from front-line practice as a social worker, I’ve never really stopped feeling passionate about social work and 3 years ago was privileged to be part of the partnership that set up a whole family intervention called Choices for Change. It’s intensely whole family approaches with those affected by mental health, substance use and domestic abuse; and really looks at teaching families how to communicate better.
How does my work with Heroes Rights fit into things?
Alongside my work within social work, I’ve been very fortunate to have delivered services for different agencies such as domestic abuse services, programmes for men and women.
Almost 2 years ago, I set up with my fellow directors Max Chadwick and Sally Burris Heroes Rights - a not for profit organisation to spread awareness on the impact of male victims of domestic abuse and whole families. Last year Heroes Rights established a Peer to Peer Network, a support network for anyone working with or supporting people.
Our membership of over 200 members is for anyone that wishes to meet with likeminded people, to share best practices, to drive social change and most importantly to work together collaboratively not competitively. People who work with the vulnerable often forget to look after our own self-care. Our mission statement is simple: who else supports the supporters. Why a community support centre?
From the very start, this project has come from the community. The people of Barry made it clear that support services were badly needed for mental health, domestic abuse and substance abuse. They felt that a whole family approach, where everyone could access support and services all under one roof, with 1 point of contact throughout their time was of the utmost importance. They want to feel part of a community, to have access to whole family services rather than be split up to access support, to develop tools and techniques to communicate and improve their relationships whilst gaining support at the centre.
This has translated into our vision of putting people, communities and partnerships at the heart of solutions.
How did we decide what to include?
Heroes Rights and the community came together to plan what the service should look like and what types of interventions and activities they would need. The idea of having a peer mentor to support the person/family at the centre came from the community; which was then broadened to have ‘buddy’ training for community members to support the person.
What is the main mission for the centre?
We want to create a culture where people are the expert in their own lives. We want the interventions, activities and support delivered to the community maintains the people at the heart of their solutions. When the culture allows people to be the voice of expertise about their own lives, they can take responsibility for themselves and their actions, developing an inherent resilience.
How are we working with the community making sure it fits in with the needs?
This centre has been set up understanding the thoughts and feelings from the community who it is for. We’ve spoken to as many people as we can, involving them in the process to shape the centre and informed them at every stage what developments were happening. This is not something I or anyone else is presenting to Barry, it’s being made completely in partnership with those who need this centre. 26 community members with different lived in experiences will be board members for the centre, 10 volunteers for community buddy training and 2 single mums with social anxiety working on fundraising events. Barry is showing its true colours and coming together as a community, for the community.
Hi I am Kathryn and I am a family coach. When I talked to Tammi and heard her vision for the CUBE I was filled with excitement around the potential the project could have. It is so encouraging to see many people and groups come together to support this work. As someone who has been working in and around the Vale of Glamorgan for a few
Hi I am Kathryn and I am a family coach. When I talked to Tammi and heard her vision for the CUBE I was filled with excitement around the potential the project could have. It is so encouraging to see many people and groups come together to support this work. As someone who has been working in and around the Vale of Glamorgan for a few years now, I can see the demand and know of the positive impact this will have on those who make use of the facilities and what is on offer. I work with families and children to support their emotional wellbeing. My focus is on nurturing the relationships and helping improve communication between children/young people and their primary care giver, with the confidence to talk about what they maybe struggling with. I support families, parents, carers, and adults working with children and young people by equipping them with the tools and skills necessary to have open, honest and empathic conversations, to support mental health. What I provide for the people I work with is the confidence in themselves and how to approach situations, skills to support any challenges they face and the knowledge to make empowering, conscientious decisions and equipping them with tools and skills that best support them. The centre being set up is inspiring and there is so much I want to bring to the community of the Vale. I will also be looking to support children and young people with courses around emotional awareness, anxiety and mental health, as well as supporting parents and care givers to understand what is happening and meet their emotional needs. As well as being a coach trained in NLP, TLT and Hypnosis, I am also trained in trauma and mental health, wellbeing programmes such as children’s yoga, Relax Kid's, Drawing and Talking and am a trained holistic therapist and I have worked with children all my life. I am a mum to 2 boys and a wife. I volunteer for crisis helpline, and I run parent support groups. I have lived in the Vale of Glamorgan all my life. I love the community, the spirit and support people provide every day in our area and to be part of this innovative project is magical.
CUBE – Community United Barry 4 Everyone Cube is an idea and a dream that is slowly taking shape into something more tangible. So I feel it’s a good time to explain and consider my part in the journey and evolution of Cube. Tammi and I, in many ways, formed the seed of what became CUBE, when we started running the Heroes men’s group in
CUBE – Community United Barry 4 Everyone Cube is an idea and a dream that is slowly taking shape into something more tangible. So I feel it’s a good time to explain and consider my part in the journey and evolution of Cube. Tammi and I, in many ways, formed the seed of what became CUBE, when we started running the Heroes men’s group in 2011. As well as Heroes, there was Pattern Changing for women living with abuse and the Early Intervention Program (EIP) couples work, for couples experiencing domestic violence and abuse. We realised then that what was needed was a whole family approach, not just the separate programs and interventions. Without a joined up approach, you could work with say a female who was displaying abusive behaviour, but unless her partner was aware of what work and changes she was undergoing, the issues of trust and safety were not really being addressed. So the CUBE now offers a whole family approach and all family members with interconnecting issues such as substance misuse and mental illness. As well as my knowledge, experience and skill set as qualified Life Coach and trainer, I look forward to building a portfolio of products – interventions and programs - that will enable Cube to provide early intervention in domestic abuse as well as support with mental health and additions. These programs and interventions will also help with financial income for the Cube, which is important as the aim is to ultimately have Cube as a self-sufficient entity, run for local people, by local people. It’s also exciting to be able to work with people directly, which is what I’m passionate about. This can take the form of organising inhouse training, for example upskilling staff, as well as playing a part in enabling volunteers to gain confidence in being a part of the support structure at Cube. Other aspects include working directly with Cube attendees where needed, building a coaching and/or therapeutic relationship - providing early intervention and support. There is always something to learn, and with the wealth of knowledge and experience within Cube, I look forward to collaborations and idea sharing with other members of the team. It’s not often that you get the opportunity to be part of something that allows creativity and caring to be front and centre in the work place. I have worked as a freelancer for most of my working life, and although that does allow more individuality than most jobs, it can also feel quite isolated. Having a team that shares a vision, as well as different but complimentary skill sets, while having creative freedom, seems to me to be a perfect mix. Exciting times.Max Chadwick
I am excited about the Cube, it is a carefully planned network, that will support individuals who are going through a hard time and help them to turn their lives around. I have been working in Community Arts for over 20 years ago I have worked with vulnerable individuals and groups of different ages and backgrounds. Through the arts we
I am excited about the Cube, it is a carefully planned network, that will support individuals who are going through a hard time and help them to turn their lives around. I have been working in Community Arts for over 20 years ago I have worked with vulnerable individuals and groups of different ages and backgrounds. Through the arts we create a safe and trauma sensitive environment and provide opportunities for individuals to express themselves, improve their self-esteem and well-being. I am looking forward to being a part of this amazing project and to working with people like Tammi who are experienced and passionate and are making a real difference to so many.
We have just purchased our first building THE GALLERY - 2 Broad street in Barry.
As we prepare to move sessions into the building please be aware that Covid-19 restrictions are still in place.
CUBE is an essential service and therefore will continue to support you and your family as safely as possible.
Some of our services continue online, whilst others are face to face.
Please be aware that our building is not yet open for drop in. You must have an appointment.
Thank you for working with us to stay safe.
Please contact us if you have any concerns or queries
Tammi, Max, Katja and Kathryn