Meet the Team
Carla Andrews MBE BCAh, is the founder and Managing Director of Motivated Minds. Awarded an MBE for her services to wellbeing across Essex in the 2021 New Year Honours List, as well as a British Citizien Award for Health in 2020, Carla has truly made a stand for mental health.
Having created an award-winning social enterprise, which empowers individuals and communities, Carla shares her own journey, wisdom and academic knowledge to help others unlock the keys to living happier and healthier. Hope and empowerment are at the heart of Carla’s work in which she uses positive psychology and coaching solutions to insight positive behaviour change. Carla overcome her childhood trauma and limiting beliefs, whilst balancing being a single mother of two autistic children. With first-hand experience she identified a lack of services and support which became the inspiration for Motivated Minds and led to her becoming a recognised advocate of mental health and wellbeing. Carla’s clear vision and creative drive for health and wellbeing has led to her opening the UK’s first one-stop-wellness-shop, the HAPPY Hub.
Sarah joined Motivated Minds in March 2020 as our Therapeutic Lead and sits in our Senior Leadership Team.
Having qualified as a counsellor in 2010 with a Diploma in Integral Therapeutic Counselling from Anglia Ruskin University, Sarah gained her accreditation with the BACP in 2013. Since being a student counsellor Sarah has worked as a counsellor at a mental health charity and has worked within the NHS for 9 years. Sarah has a passion for counselling and for teaching and running courses to which look at communication skills, psychological skills and courses which will enable people to understand themselves better.
Sarah is looking forward to working with our customers who have barriers to their mental health problems and will stand alongside them as they start to grow and flourish – through both counselling and the many therapeutic groups which Motivated Minds runs.
Sarah says “This organisation and the people in it are amazing. Carla has worked so hard to create just the kind of organisation I want to work for. I can’t wait to enable people to become the best version of themselves through counselling. And to empower others with the many courses that we plan to run and the fantastic groups that we already have available.”
Sarah's team is now 16 strong, made up of counsellors, wellbeing practitioners, mentors and befrienders.
Jerry came on board in 2020 to help build the retail side to support our sustainabilty. With a wealth of business expereince, Jerry has launch our communi-tea cafe, online merchandise, as well as grown the products on sale within the HAPPY Hub. He is now a member of our Senior Leadership Team and the manager for HAPPY Hub: Basildon, with a team of 9 under his guidance.
Utilising an Asset Based Community Approach to wellbeing we recruit volunteers to help spread the message and support the wrok we do. This would not be possible without our Volunteer Co-ordinator, Catherine. Catherine has a brought her expertise to us, helping us create clear volunteer pathways in retail, catering, physical activity, therapy and gardening. Giving each and every one of our 36 volunteers a vauled, growth experience.
Jo joined Motivated Minds as a volunteer in Oct 2017 because she wanted to find herself and give back. At that point she had been sober for 4.5 years, but needed to find her worth after a groundhog day of mundane routine, housework and school runs. Quickly she found herself becoming part of the team, and started to learn about her behaviours and emotions. As she grew in confidence she started to take part in our wellbeing sessions and personal challenges, including climbing Mount Snowdon. Once she realised her potential there was no stopping her, she passed her driving test, enrolled in college and today is one of our fine Wellness Practitioners!
"Motivated Minds helped me take those first steps and build my confidence. Now, I look after our pop-up provisions, help develop therapeutic programmes and support our volunteer team - how awesome is that!!"
Donna joined us in 2018 and wanted to help people struggling with their mental health and wellbeing. She is also studying for a degree in Integrative Counselling.
Asked why Motivated Minds, Donna replied "I admire Carla's determination to build a business selflessly to help others". Donna added "We have a great team now of wonderful people all wanting to help others and make their lives better, however we can".
Janine joined us early 2019, to help support us with our accounting. Having trained as an accountant 20 years previous, Janine was anxious about rejoinging the workforce after raising her family. Janine is organised, dedicated and takes pride in her work, helping us to cut costs and stay on track of funding.
Janine says "I chose Motivated Minds because of the work it does supporting mental health, which us something I have persnally struggled with my whole life. The team have always made me feel welcome, safe and supported which has given me a new lease of life."
Lindsey joined us in 2019, originally as a customer. However, Lindsey soon offered to volunteer her wealth of experience and found a re-newed purpose. Also, the team gave Lindsey a sense of belonging which has seen her through the circumstances which had been effecting her. Lindsey says "The team are amazing, they are all so passionate, down to earth, and dedicated it is a pleasure to be able give back. Without the guys, I don't know where I would be".
We have a team of over 30 regular volunteers who use their life experience and personal strengths to help us, help others. From our marketing designs by Lewis, to Amelia and Karen our Walk Leaders, Alex our Safe Guarding Officer and to our volunteer Directors: Vikki, Louise and Danny.
We wouldn't be able to achieve the success we have without them, or without the volunteers before them. So, to all that have helped build Motivated Minds and to all those that still walking along side us, thank you!! We take great pride in our volunteers, with over 80% suffering from severe mental ill health we aim to bridge the gap between can't do and can do. We gently ease people into the team and they develop their job role around their needs and time span. Of course as a promoter of positive mental health we want our team to reach their potential and gain purposeful employment through our 4 step 'Community Motivator' programme.
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