The Wellbeing Team
Toby Quibell, Chief Executive
Toby Quibell is a teacher and charity leader. As a classteacher, social researcher and voluntary sector leader, Toby has worked with children and schools throughout his career. Having assisted Nick Blackburn in establishing NEW, he took over as Chief Executive in 2013. With special interest in the causes of disaffection, Toby is focussed on providing solutions that address the needs of children that are associated with poverty, trauma, and adverse circumstance, and believes that NEW is an innovative and effective force in delivering these solutions to children. ‘The best thing about being part of NEW? The people are wonderful and the effects of their work visible and uplifting.
Sue Wilson, Nurture Support
Sue Wilson is an Assistant Head teacher and Safeguarding and Inclusion Lead at Heathfield Primary School in Darlington. She has worked in primary and early years education for 23 years and for 12 of those years has dedicated her time to establishing nurture provisions and developing engagement and trusting relationships with parents.
Together with her Assistant Head role Sue is Senior Practitioner for NEW. She leads a nurture provision at Heathfield which supports 12 children from across Darlington.
Sue is currently supporting two other primary schools in Darlington to set up their own nurture provisions and regularly delivers inset training in school to raise Nurture Network Awareness. 'The best thing about NEW is the way children, parents and expertise is brought together.'
Rachel Dawber, Nurture Support and Wilderness Schooling Practitioner
Rachel is an experienced primary school teacher with specialism in nurture, outdoor learning, creative curriculum, skills-based learning and bush craft skills. She is a strong advocate of outdoor learning where she has witnessed children flourish when they are no longer constrained by the four walls of the classroom - where learning can be active and hands-on; allow for exploration and risk taking; develop skills and knowledge; give children the opportunity to develop and display life skills including resilience, collaborative working, perseverance and independent and lateral thinking.
In January 2014 Rachel left the classroom to set up her own business in outdoor learning, creative curriculum and woodland skills. Wilderness Schooling and nurture are central to her business. Rachel's favourite aspect of wilderness schooling? Observing children develop confidence and self esteem which they then take into other aspects of their life; allowing children to think for themselves and be independent; watching children smile, laugh and enjoy.
Lillian Moore, School Counsellor
Lillian Moore is a BACP accredited counsellor and an EMDR Europe accredited practitioner, her career spans over decades. Lillian has been working with NEW for almost a year; she has got increasingly busy as the service grows and she provides a counselling service to many Primary Schools in the Darlington area.
Lillian has also worked extensively with adolescents, including those with more challenging needs. Her varied and interesting background also includes working in Primary Care with adults in GP surgeries, a career as a Counselling Lecturer, a RELATE couple counsellor and CRUSE counsellor.
Lillian is passionate about helping children with individual needs using an integrative approach. Her specialism in trauma allows her to work with children suffering from difficult life circumstances and traumatic events.
The best thing about working with NEW is being part of a very dedicated and positive team who are committed to making a difference to the children and families in our area.
Kimberly Oliver, Nurture Support
Kimberley is a professionally qualified and experienced teacher with a proven track record of working in both challenging and ultimately rewarding educational settings. She embarked on a career in education in 1996, initially as a nursery nurse and then rapidly moving on to work in a diverse range of learning environments from home teaching and portage through to Class Teacher in a large primary schools. Kimberley has been teaching on a part time basis since 2012, whilst she has been establishing and, building up her own Independent Children’s Clothing Company. Through teaching, Kimberley continues to focus on the provision of support to the most vulnerable children and their families across Tees Valley.
Nick Blackburn, Founding Trustee
Nick Blackburn began his teaching career in North London before moving to Teesside as deputy Head of Corporation Road Primary School. Nick is now Executive Head at Heathfield Primary and Hurworth Primary. Committed to children with additional needs, Nick has been working to expand the ways in which services are delivered to schools. Setting up North East Wellbeing with TAMHS funding was a definitive step towards ensuring a continuity of provision in a time of service cuts. ‘The best thing about NEW is the way its values of inclusion and community inform every aspect of its delivery.’
Paula Stainthorp, Family Support, Speech and Language Technician
Paula has always worked with children, scaffolding their learning and wellbeing. She has carried out direct support work with children in schools and nurseries and worked with their families. Paula joined NEW from the Family Support Team in Darlington. She provides support to families in a variety of ways which include improving school attendance, budgeting, housing issues and promoting positive activities and behaviour.
Paula also has expertise in the delivery of Speech & Language programmes in schools, understanding speech and language delay and the principles of intervention. She is familiar with the assessment and referral procedures that link the Speech and Language Team (SALT) to classroom practice and special support. Paula's practice is of particular use to schools with children who need effective targeted support, making every effort to link to the SALT so that her work complements theirs, giving children access to expertise that can respond to need quickly.
Rachel Westmorland, Speech and Language Therapy
Rachel Westmorland is a qualified Nursery Nurse and HLTA. Rachel’s career has involved working in a variety of settings including Schools and Children’s Centre’s.
When working directly with Children and Families Rachel has provided a high level of guidance and practical support to promote children’s development and learning.
Rachel is also a qualified Speech and Language Therapy Assistant and has gained particular skills and expertise in supporting children who are experiencing Speech, Language and communication difficulties. Rachel is dedicated in her work to support children to be able to develop to their full potential.
Rachel says “The best thing about being a part of NEW is working closely with schools and other practitioners to provide the valuable support needed to make a positive difference to children and young people’s learning and wellbeing”.
Julie Robson, School Counsellor
Julie has worked as a Therapist for many years and her focus is to very much work with the young person’s or individuals interests at heart. She is BACP Accredited Counsellor, Supervisor, EMDR Practitioner and Clinical Hypnotherapist. As a member of the Darlington Borough Council’s - Schools Counselling Team, Julie is experienced in working with young people in nurseries, primary and secondary schools. She has also used therapeutic play to build safe, supportive counselling relationships with infant school children.
As a member of North East Wellbeing Julie provides Counselling to young people and parents, as well as small group work. She uses different methods to encourage children to express themselves and their difficulties, these may include talking therapy, drawing, games, reading or role play. Child related issues may include family or school relationships, bullying, anxieties, behavioural or emotional issues, and bereavement and loss. In addition to counselling, Julie can also provide hypnotherapy and EMDR to young people, should this be appropriate and requested. Hypnotherapy tools can help with confidence issues, anxieties e.g. with study skills, concentration, exam anxieties, social skills. EMDR techniques help reduce anxieties as well as reduce the emotion from past difficult situations.
Jenna Charlton, Story Nest Practitioner
Jenna has worked with children in schools for many years as a research associate delivering behaviour and language assessment for research projects at Newcastle University and in her own PhD work exploring the relationship behaviour and language and communication in children with emotional and behavioural difficulties. She is experienced in leading and managing complex applied social research programmes from bid stage to data analysis and presentation.
As part of Jenna's doctoral work, Jenna developed a unique and novel assessment called the Story Nest which explores children's communicative interaction skills focusing on verbal and non-verbal behaviour. The Story Nest has been used in Primary schools around the North East and has been shown to be an effective engagement tool for children whilst allowing for observation of behaviour within a naturalistic context.
Jenna also works as a Research Consultant evaluating intervention programmes for children and as a Research Associate for the Autism Team at Newcastle University, managing the UK databases for children and adult with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
The best part about being a part of NEW is having the opportunity to really make a difference to children's development and educational progression within a team of like-minded people who are all passionate about the wellbeing of children.