Next Chapter are amazing, they’ve really given me the confidence to pursue my dreams. The way I want to.
Founder, Senior Practitioner, Coach and Lead Tutor
I am the founder of Next Chapter and the design of organisation comes from the memory of my 13 year-old self. At that age I knew what support I and my family needed, however I struggled to access it. My passion was to create the service that myself and family needed, a more holistic approach to wellbeing which allowed education and therapeutic support to meet. empowering the individual to feel in control and validated and supported along their journey. My philosophy is ‘to be the change I wanted to see in the world’ so, my journey began in 2016, using my experience, training and stories to work towards my vision. With the support of others, I was lucky enough to make that dream a reality.
I have 26 years’ experience supporting young people, adults and families across Wirral and am now old enough to now see second generations coming through! I am a qualified mentor, coach, holistic therapist and well-being practitioner. I also hold teaching qualifications in post-14 education and it’s the joy of bringing all these skills together, in one package that allows me to support a range of needs.
My passion is around mental health, personal development and SEN, seeing each person as an individual and building a wraparound package of support, to help them achieve their goals. To me, success looks like an individual finding the clarity over what they want to happen and building a toolkit of knowledge, skills and resources. Once this is mixed with self-confidence and belief the people we work with feel able to step up and say… I CAN. I WILL. WATCH ME.
Senior Healthy Relationships Practitioner
I have 17 years’ experience supporting families across Wirral. Previous jobs have included early years and youth work, family support and domestic abuse. These roles have led me to recently co-create a Healthy Relationships Hub with Next Chapter.
I’m always keen to find new ways to support and engage families so that they can reach their full potential. I’m really interested in exploring how our life experiences can shape our own values and attitudes and the foundation of my work is to support families to help them set goals, develop skills and routines to problem solve in challenging situations. My interest lies in healthy communication, conflict resolution, combating feelings of loneliness, isolation and lack of motivation.
My motto is “Do something today that your future self will thank you for – the key to success is to focus on goals, not obstacles”
Mentor Coach Co-ordinator, Family Coach and Tutor
I believe community and well-being coaching is a vital tool that we can use to help families progress and eventually, they can use the process independently.
I’ve always loved working with people, and I have experience across lots of different sectors including housing associations and in the community with children and young adults who have disabilities.
I know that our families can come in many shapes, sizes and dynamics and some of that can be hard to navigate. I recently retrained as a coach and a mentor working mostly with those who are experiencing mental health difficulties or who have experience of domestic abuse. My role as a coach is to help people achieve their goals both for themselves and their family.
As a mum I understand that family life goes through many phases, some more difficult than others and often it takes a tribe. Sometimes you just need time to reflect and have the support from an outsider who has your back. I have experience across many areas that affect family life but I specifically like to work around self-esteem, self-awareness, confidence building and communication.
I listen to people as they talk through their relationships and their ups and downs and help them think about how we re-find ourselves as people as well as parents and partners whilst trying to juggle the rest of our lives.
If people have got this far you are looking for answers, I think getting in touch with Next Chapter CIC is as exciting as it is scary. Trust your gut. You’re in control and it can only get better from here
I’m Sharon and have been part of the Next Chapter journey since day 1, when Claire used to chew my ear off for hours and roped me into all sorts, in fact, she still does!
Learning Development Co-ordinator and Tutor
I’m Rebecca, The Learning and Development Coordinator at Next Chapter, where I support people in their learning journey. Learning has always been a passion of mine. To me, the saying “you learn something new every day” is more of a challenge, as I am always looking for ways to increase my own knowledge and skills. I’m currently studying a degree in Psychology and Counselling at university, as well as continued professional and personal development, so for our learners, you may see me in some of your classes!
I believe learning should be as accessible and inclusive as possible, removing or overcoming barriers to education and training is vital as I believe that we should all have the ability to succeed, however this may look for each individual. This is the mindset that has empowered me to overcome my own personal struggles and limitations, in order to become the human I am today.
Outside of work, I’m a mum of 3 (and 1 cheeky rescue pup who likely to eat shoes), I have enough houseplants that my friends refer to my home as ‘The Jungle’, and a pretty severe coffee addiction that I have no intention of addressing.
Hopefully, I’ll be speaking to you soon as you start your journey and possibly in class!