What we do

Next Chapter (NW) CIC is a company with social aims, promoting positive mental health, by encouraging people to focus on what they can achieve, celebrating small milestones of success.

Our ethos is to build relationships, this allows us to educate and empower people to understand themselves better, putting the foundations in place to build skills and coping mechanisms to make long lasting, positive changes.

We offer a range of educational, fun, dynamic, friendly and caring early intervention programmes to all ages, helping people make positive changes to their life. By taking a proactive approach, people will enjoy the benefits of improved health, well-being, family life, relationships and performance, allowing them the opportunity to grow and achieve their goals.

Next Chapter hosts community events and develop strong partnerships with other organisations, helping to build a safer place to live and grow. We welcome the opportunity to work collaboratively with other services and agencies, reaching a wider range of clients and communities.

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Lead Staff
Claire is the founder and the Managing Director of Next Chapter (NW) CIC, with 19 years experience working in the field of health, education, learning and research. She has won 3 international awards for innovation, excellence in practice and is passionate about helping people to make positive changes to their life, giving them the confidence, skills and knowledge to make it happen.

Claire combines her personal and professional experiences, enabling her to understand the struggles her clients may face, working creatively with all age groups to break down barriers. Her career has taken an interesting route, initially working in the corporate environment, she retrained 17 years ago and moved to her current career in health, education and well-being, which has allowed her to fulfil her passion of helping people make positive changes to their life.

Having worked in several roles including; learning mentor, family support worker, well-being co-ordinator, teacher, presenter and holistic therapist and level 4 performance Coach, Claire is able to draw upon her knowledge, skills and contacts to tailor programmes to meet the needs of each individual.
Hilary Buchanan is on the Board of Directors of Next Chapter (NW) CIC.

The combination of 12 years of experience in working the field of family support as a family practioner; supporting children’s charities and organisations, training and course leading in ‘The Nurture Programme’, ‘Growing Together’ & ‘Talking Teens’ led naturally into her role at Next Chapter (NW) CIC.

Hilary’s focus and skills set enables her to work individually or in group setting to develop working relationships with families that enhance their lives.

As part of the wealth of experience Next Chapter has to offer, Hilary can deliver courses such as ‘Talking Teens’. This programme is based on the latest research into adolescent development and parenting, aiming to improve relationships between parents or carers and teenagers through understanding of communication and brain development.
Danielle Perkins - Family Well-being at Next Chapter (NW) CIC.

Danielle, the newest member of the Next Chapter team is a fully qualified Social Worker and Social Work Practice Educator. She graduated in Social Work in 2011 and moved straight on to manage a team of advocates working in the voluntary sector, with a focus on secondary health care in mental health. Her previous experience also includes social work with 0 to end of life care, adult psychiatric mental health and mentoring students looking to move into careers in social work.

In her role with us at Next Chapter she focuses mainly on family support and welfare, working with families to help them achieve their goals, manage behavioural difficulties and overcome the obstacles that arise as they move towards being the best families they can be. As well as working for us at Next Chapter she is a Designated Safeguarding Lead for Child Protection at Mersey Park Primary School.

In a previous life as a musician she toured and featured on television all over the world as a backing vocalist, but these days prefers (in her spare time) the relative calm of performing in a vintage styled ukulele duo. Delivering workshops and teaching music to adults and children, as well as performing and mentoring.