Hi, my name is Carla and I am the founder of Motivated Minds, and I believe life is too short to not live as a happy adventure. Trouble is, through childhood / adolescence and life, many of us lose faith, laugh less and stress more. This made me sad, because I saw around me more and more unhappy, unfulfilled and lonely people, I knew I had to do something as I felt their pain, as I used to actually be one.
Having grown up facing physical, mental and sexual abuse, homelessness and a negative mindset, I didn't find my positive pathway until I was in my thirties when I smashed through an ocean of negative self-beliefs. From then on I knew my calling was to share my story, inspire and build a platform to help others. I also wanted to create an ethical and sustainable business which ultimately would not rely on government / external funding and put the work we do at risk every time the tides change from both a client and staff perspective. So, initially I set up in 2011 as a Social Enterprise, but didn't go full-time or registered until 2015. In February that year Wellbeing 4 Life CIC was born, however we still trade day to day as Motivated Minds.
Our service is lifelong wellbeing and as you can see we work in schools, with the unemployment sector, employers and directly in the community. It really is never a dull moment. We are still very early days, with many of our roles being filled by volunteers who share my passion and vision and want to share this journey - to them I am eternally grateful. I also have to say the biggest of thanks to our customers, partners and funders because without you, we would not be able to make the difference we do.
I am now joined by a team who are all just as passionate and want to offer an unparalleled service. Our grand vision is to open community wellbeing hubs offering coffee shop space (with all the profits going back into that hub), training room, one to one facilities, with the aim of supporting mental health directly for that community.
Steve's bio is coming!