Lorraine Hamilton (Head of Training)
I have been delivering training for the past 20 years and have a number of training qualifications, including a BA(hons) in Education and Training. I’ve worked at Hull and East Yorkshire Mind for 10 years, initially joining to manage a prison mentoring project with a team of volunteers. I am an accredited trainer for Mental Health First Aid England, delivering a number of the accredited adult and youth courses across business and education. I also deliver Safetalk suicide alertness training and lots of other mental health awareness courses. In the last four years I have worked closely with a variety of organisations to raise awareness about mental health and wellbeing and this is something I am very proud of. Helping to tackle the stigma through training and making a difference to even one person makes it all worthwhile.
I love to get out into nature with my dog Daisy, particularly to the seaside. I love being by the sea. That’s definitely my happy place. I enjoy meeting up with friends for some nice food and lots of chat. I also enjoy reading to relax. In my spare time I am an active member of a local Rotary Club, helping to raise money for local charities. As part of this I help to organise the Humber Bridge Half Marathon. I like watching everyone cross the finish line but can’t see myself ever running it. More of a cheerleader I think.
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Yvonne Sharp (Trainer)
I joined Hull and East Yorkshire Mind as a trainer for Mindworks in 2017 teaching a variety of courses such as Mental Health Awareness, Managing Stress in the Workplace and Suicide Awareness plus many others. I have qualifications such as a BA(Hons) in Business Studies and a Level 3 Award in Education and Teaching. Training people gives me great satisfaction and it’s an opportunity to break down the stigma surrounding mental health.
At the same time I also worked as a self-employed holistic therapist teaching meditation and mindfulness, providing massage and other techniques to support clients to reach a balance of both body and mind.
I now work full time for Hull and East Yorkshire Mind however I strive to bring this holistic approach element into my training when applicable as I have a strong interest in whole person wellbeing.
As well as Mindworks I also work in the Whole School Approach team delivering interventions and providing support to pupils, teachers and parents within secondary school education to develop a wellbeing culture, help develop resilience skills and give students the opportunity to understand how they can positively impact their own wellbeing.
When I’m not working I’ll usually be found with my 2 children and my husband hill walking, baton twirling or trying to figure out which button to press on the games controller (I invariably get the wrong one and become a button masher!). When I get a moment of peace I’ll be meditating or have my head in a book.
Lisa Gadd (Trainer)
I was lucky enough to join Heymind in September 2019 as a Bank Trainer following 32 years working within HMRC in various roles. I have been a qualified and practising trainer for 19 years. In addition to being a bank trainer, in December 2019 I was successful in becoming a Mental Health Support Worker working with Young People and then in August 2020 I went on to be a Service Manager Role and becoming a Permanent Trainer for HeyMIND.
It feels good to be doing what I enjoy in an area that I feel passionate about within an organisation that focuses on people getting support and using education to reduce the stigma around Mental Health.
I’ve always had an interest in the impact of Mental Ill Health and how to get support especially in Young People and have taken various qualifications and undertaken volunteer work to feed this interest. I spent time volunteering with Princes Trust educating Young People in Employability from completing job applications to Interview skills. To see their self-esteem and confidence grow and achieve positions or go on to gain further qualifications was amazing. I also spent 11 years as a school governor and then chair for a Primary School.
I’m a single parent to my teenage daughter who is at college. We both have a love for animals and spend time looking after our own and visiting anywhere that has them from rescue centres, nature reserves to Wildlife Parks. I also enjoy reading, watching films, going to the theatre and spending time with my family and friends. Being a single parent has not been without its challenges and I haven’t always got it right but I would say it’s my greatest achievement, whether my daughter agrees…well you’d need to ask her.