HELPING YOUNG MINDS FLOURISH
Neil Richmond, MEd, BEd (Hons), NPQH.
Neil qualified as a teacher in 1990 at Northumbria University and started his teaching career in a small, rural Primary school in Durham. Whilst there, he gained his Masters in Action Research through Newcastle University, became a Deputy Head in Corbridge before taking on a Literacy Consultancy for Northumberland which enabled him to visit many schools developing aspects of English. He became Headteacher at Stobhillgate First School in Morpeth before retiring in 2018.
He now works for Northumbria University teaching aspects of English and other curriculum areas as well as visiting students in schools on placement, assessing presentations, conducting NQT research and interviewing future students.
North East Wellbeing is a perfect opportunity for Neil to support schools, children, staff and parents in all areas relating to their various needs, working together on the ‘frontline’ which he believes is the best place to be.
Rachel Dawber, BA (Hons), PGCE
Rachel is a highly skilled teacher who works in a number of capacities for North East Wellbeing. Rachel’s specialist areas are setting up and structuring a nurture environment for younger children, and developing that into a more formal (but equally nurturing) learning environment for older children with attachment and behavioural needs.
Stacey Goodwin BA (Hons) in Therapeutic Counselling, Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
Stacey is a qualified and experienced counsellor and has been based in schools for five years. She counsels children on a one-to-one basis using a non-directive integrative model that blends psychoanalysis and person-centred theory, also using cognitive behavioural techniques if they are helpful for individual children’s needs. Stacey has experience in delivering group therapy, running a playtime listening service, supporting teachers and parents, and delivering training to teaching assistants.
Paula Maddison Green
Paula is a Trained Counsellor and Associate of the BABCP, a qualified Freedom Programme Facilitator and Autism Specialist. She is also a qualified Business Development Consultant and Managing Director of her own Social Enterprise, specialising in trauma counselling. She has a flexible and person-centred approach and thoroughly enjoys children with complex needs.
Paula has previously managed Adult Day Care services for a large charity in the region and has extensive experience of learning disabilities as well as domestic abuse. She worked for years in the funeral sector and has passed her exams in the Theory of Embalming the Deceased.
Paula commented – “I know that I am passionate about helping others to find their way through the ups and downs of life and it’s what we don’t see that I find really interesting in people and children. Working within some of the units has been really tough and every day has its highs and lows. I love it when I see a small breakthrough with a child and they start to develop that resilience which, as parents, we all take for granted. Sometimes a child may come to us with anxiety and then, when we start to unpick what’s happening in their life, it can be compounded trauma tied up with the loss of a loved one. It’s so rewarding when a child feels they can use me to offload their thoughts and feelings and then see an improvement in their behaviours within school.”
Paula has worked with children, young people and families in a variety of roles over the past 25yrs. Paula began her career working as a Special Support Assistant, supporting children with disabilities and special educational needs within mainstream schools, through this work Paula realised that supporting children, young people and families with disabilities and special educational needs was what she would like to specialise in and has gone on to work in various settings. The work Paula has done includes family support both within mainstream and disability services, playwork and supporting children in school on a 1-1 basis and within small groups.
Currently Paula delivers speech and language support for North East Wellbeing and also works in a children’s resource centre supporting young people with disabilities, both with complex health and challenging behaviours. Paula has experience of working with young people who have limited or no verbal language so is able to use a variety of ways to communicate with non verbal young people to gain their views and feelings. Paula also works with children diagnosed with ASD and has knowledge of PECS and social stories and has supported young people by writing social stories to help aid their understanding of particular situations.
Paula is passionate about her work and continually attends training to ensure she is knowledgable about the work she carries out.