In 2013, after a career break to look after my two young children, I spent a period of time considering my future employment options. With some previous experience in community groups working alongside people with various mental health issues, I wanted to explore whether this could be a realistic vocation for me.
Searching the Solent Mind website I made an application to the Winchester Wellbeing Service for a Volunteer Advisor role. I then spent the next 10 months supporting various group at the Wellbeing Centre and using my art and graphic design experience to run Art Courses.
In July 2014, I successfully applied for an advertised role as Senior Wellbeing Advisor for the New Forest Wellbeing service and now work in Hythe and New Milton centres facilitating various groups and courses including Art and Digital Photography.
Pete Harrison – Senior Wellbeing Adviser