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Meet the team

Volunteers wanted for admin and awareness raising roles.

100% Volunteers  ♦  5 Trustees  ♦  24 Volunteers  ♦  Combined 20 years experience for the Facilitators.

Wednesday Group Sessions (on-line on zoom currently transitioning back to face to face in summer 2021)

Group Lead Facilitator(s): Anna 

Group Facilitators: Anna, Lorien, Alastair, Sara, Phoebe and Natasha- Wednesday

New facilitators: Amelia, Ellena, Julie, Katie and Shannon.

Thursday Group Sessions (face to face)

Group Lead Facilitator(s): 

Group Facilitators: Brendan - Thursday  

New facilitators: Alex, Courtney, Daisy, Ellena, Jess, Josie, Samina and Zafia. 

Group Facilitators

Sara

(September 2018-present)

 

I’m Sara! I was born in Dubai and moved to Sheffield to do my undergraduate degree in Psychology. After finishing my undergraduate degree, I made the big move to London to undertake a master’s course. I have been volunteering for No Panic Sheffield for over two years now.

I initially was drawn to No Panic Sheffield because of its focus to provide the community with a safe space to share their experiences on their mental health journey.

To me, volunteering at NPS is being able to give back to the community and connect with likeminded individuals. I am passionate about reducing mental health inequalities and tackling the stigma surrounding mental health.

My top tip/strategy for improving mental health, is to never underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep and treat yourself like you would want to be treated.

 

 

 

Alastair

(Facilitator Oct 2017 - present, Volunteer Coordinator ...  2020 - present)

Alastair

 

My name is Alastair, I am 30-years-old and am from Sheffield. I have facilitated over 50 sessions for NPS and have recently assumed the role of Volunteer Coordinator. Prior to volunteering, I attended NPS as a group member for two years. Previously a freelance events coordinator, I am currently working in NHS Learning Disabilities as an Administrator.

To me, volunteering at NPS means offering a safe space for people in times of crisis. It is a unique opportunity to share and absorb unique advice and insight which allows our group members to build on their mental health skills. Over the years, I have seen many members transform their lives, using the techniques and knowledge gained at sessions to improve their circumstances dramatically.

I’m a particular advocate for graded exposure techniques, a tough challenge at first but always beneficial when followed through. A programme of exposure therapy helped me enormously with my own General and Social Anxieties.

My top tip would be to practice self-compassion. We are often our own harshest critics and this is never beneficial to our mental wellbeing. Any step taken to aid recovery, no matter how trivial it may seem, can present an enormous challenge and we should celebrate every achievement we make on the way.

 

Zafia

 

Hi, I'm Zafia. I moved to Sheffield from Birmingham 18 years ago. As an undergraduate I studied Psychology and fell in love with all things related to the mind. Currently I'm training to become a nurse and hopefully progress to working as a mental health nurse. In my spare time I'm an avid reader and I love rambling.

Volunteering at NPS is very personal to me as I have personal experience of close family members with mental health issues. Working with people in the community to better understand the complexities associated with mental health and to be able to help in any way possible is very important to me.

I'm passionate about mental health full stop. It affects every aspect of our lives and needs to be at the forefront of a healthy lifestyle. Often mental health issues, be they big or small are ignored or dismissed as irrelevant compared to physical ailments. I believe in a holistic approach to health, which is not possible without positive mental health.

My top tip would be to first focus on yourself. To detach yourself from everything, step back and breath. This can then lead to focusing on making time for yourself and working at your own pace. I find this gives me clarity and a sense of well-being. This could be taking time to go for a walk, reading, pampering yourself and just some quiet time on a park bench.

 

Phoebe

                            (June 2019- present)                                 

 

 

Hi, I’m Phoebe. I enjoy reading, crafts and walking with my dog.

I originally came to no panic as a member for my social anxiety and have since transitioned into a facilitator position. Volunteering for no panic allows me to help people who have struggled with similar issues to myself in the same way that this charity once supported me.

I’m passionate about providing a safe space for people to talk about mental ill health both in no panic sessions and in the wider community through awareness raising.

I don’t think there is one, if there was I would be shouting it from the rooftops. However, I do think that it can be therapeutic to talk to others who have similar experiences. There is a strong sense of community at no panic, members support members just as well as facilitators do if not better and this can make you feel much less alone in the things you are going through.

 

 

  

 

 

Katie

Hi! I'm Katie, I'm 22 and am currently doing a masters in Developmental Psychology. Some of my favourite things are walks in the Peaks, dogs and reading!

Having suffered from anxiety I am excited to be involved in an organisation with a positive focus on mental health, and learning even more about this subject.

I am passionate about making sure everyone feels listened to, and promoting self care.

My top tip/strategy for improving mental health is to take time for yourself, slow down and breathe.

Courtney

Hi, I’m Courtney! Volunteering at No Panic Sheffield is very important to me, I believe that community support programs are vital to community health, now more than ever. I am passionate about supporting people to feel comfortable in themselves and in the world around them.

My top tip is to make some time for yourself every day, self-care is vital to good health.

 

 Shannon

 

I am originally from Toronto, Canada, where I completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology and have moved to Sheffield to work on a Master's degree in Clinical Neuroscience. 

It means very much to me to be a part of an organization that is such an invaluable and much needed resource in the community.

I am passionate about learning more about the experiences of others in terms of mental health and how they view the world. It means a lot to me to help those who experience anxiety or depression whenever I can. I have hopes of becoming a clinical psychologist in the future.

My top tip would be to express yourself, whether it is talking through your feelings with others or expressing feelings through journaling or art.

 

Daisy

 

My name is Daisy and I am a Volunteer Group Facilitator. I am from Newcastle originally but I moved to Sheffield almost 3 years ago to complete an undergraduate degree in Psychology.

Volunteering with No Panic Sheffield is something I am so excited about. It is a lovely thought that people may leave our sessions feeling heard, understood, and supported.

One thing I feel passionately about is that stigma around mental health needs to be eliminated. While this is improving, there is a lot more that can be done to help people feel less isolated with their concerns. No Panic is fantastic in this regard as there is no waiting list and no need for a diagnosis. Anyone can come along to any session and leave feeling less isolated and more understood.

My top tip for coping with anxiety and/or depression is to talk about it with someone you trust will understand. While this is often a scary step to take, talking to the right person about it brings such a welcome feeling of relief. A problem shared is a problem halved, and at No Panic Sheffield, we are here to halve as many problems as we can.

 

 

 

Lorien

(Facilitator Nov 2013-Jul 2018, March 2020-present; Trustee May 2018- present)

 Lorien E

Lorien has been a volunteer facilitator at No Panic Sheffield for the past seven years. Born in Sheffield she thoroughly enjoys living in this great city. Lorien graduated in Psychology and has worked in various roles in Mental Health all her life. She currently works as a Specialist Skills Pathway Facilitator for a charity where she supports those with Autism Spectrum Disorders and related mental health conditions, progress towards finding work, which she really enjoys.

She began volunteering for No Panic Sheffield as she felt, after IAPT intervention, there was little available in the local area for people with anxiety, low mood and OCD to access. No Panic Sheffield has the same ethos as her own and she wanted to be part of that and to help members progress towards taking control of their lives again. Also, she has a family who are affected by these issues and she thought her personal experience was something she could offer.

Having been at No Panic Sheffield for several years now, volunteering means a great deal to her. She has enjoyed meeting new people, seeing members grow in confidence over time and learn new coping skills. She has also had the opportunity to learn new ways in managing anxiety, which she can share with the group.

Interesting fact - she enjoys travelling, walking her Cavalier King Charles and spending time with her daughter, Freya.

Anna

 

I have been volunteering at No Panic since November 2019. I am from Sheffield but have recently moved to Manchester. I have an undergraduate degree and masters in Psychology. I like cooking, baking and crafting, my favourite pastimes however are napping and snacking. My lifetime ambition is to one day own a dog. 

I joined No Panic as I had heard so many great things about the organisation and it sounded like a great way to help other people while developing my facilitating skills. I have gained so much from volunteering at No Panic, in ways I hadn’t expected. I have really valued the time getting to know the members and the support that the members and facilitators give each has been amazing. 

I am interested in the field of mental health and hoping to pursue a career in this. I am passionate about helping other people who are struggling in life and can’t think of a better way to spend my time. 

Utilise your support networks! Don’t be afraid to reach out, the world is full of people who care will understand you, even though it doesn’t feel like it.

 

 

 

 

 

Josie

Hi, my name is Josie, I’ve been studying psychology in Sheffield for four years, but I’m originally from Bristol.

Volunteering at NPS has been a great opportunity for me, I find it so fulfilling talking with the other volunteers and members, and creating an open and supportive space to talk about mental health. I enjoy helping others and feel like I gain a lot from the sessions too.

I’ve always been passionate about talking openly about mental health from personal experiences, it’s so important to break the stigma and help people to get the support they need.

My top tip for helping with mental health is always to talk to someone close, I think sharing how you feel is the best thing you can do for yourself.

 

Jess

My names Jess and I am a psychology student at Sheffield Hallam university. I enjoy catching up with my friends, listening to music and walking my dog.

Volunteering at No Panic is rewarding as it provides members with a trusting place to discuss their mental health issues. It also gives me the opportunity to gain experience in the field and develop my psychological knowledge.

I am passionate about helping people who struggle with mental health issues and increasing awareness of mental health so that people can feel more comfortable opening up about their struggles.  

I think a good tip for helping to improve mental health would be to talk about any struggles and to be open about mental health.

 

 

 

Other NPS Volunteers & Trustees

Volunteer Co-ordinator: Alastair                 Awareness Raising Volunteers: Volunteers needed 

Media and Marketing Volunteer: Sarah P    Website Volunteer: Zoe (2020-present) 

Paul

(Jul 2016 - present)

Paul

Paul was a No Panic Sheffield group member before becoming a facilitator. He had CFS in the past and has agoraphobia and general anxiety more recently. He cares for a parent with epilepsy. Paul facilitates because others in No Panic Sheffield in the past such as Lorien and Brendan have done the same for him. Interesting fact - Paul believes philosophy is an important part of mental health, practices meditation, cycles, and walks.

 

Sarah

(Dec 2016 - present)

 I have been volunteering for No Panic Sheffield since 2016. Originally from Birmingham, I moved to Sheffield 7 years ago to study Psychology at Undergraduate and Masters level.

I am mostly interested in how mental health affects different people, and have done projects on how different people are affected by the internet, and how different people react to weight gain. I was diagnosed with Generalised Anxiety Disorder in 2015, and embarked on lots of research, self-help books, and online articles about how to cope with this new, complicated way of life. At the same time I have always been interested in mental health and have dreams of becoming a Psychologist one day. That, and my odd love of public speaking meant that facilitating at No Panic Sheffield was a no-brainer - I am still so glad to have been taken on. 

For me, volunteering is not only work experience, it's a commitment to your co-volunteers and your group members. It's about learning something new about someone every session, and learning about yourself. 

Interesting fact - I have a really good long term memory and  can quote most of my favourite films and TV programmes off by heart. Can't remember what I had for lunch earlier though! I also enjoys reality TV, eating sweets and hugging cats.

 

 

Brendan

(2010 - present, trustee 2013-present)

 

Kate

(2017 - present, faciliitator 2018-2019, trustee 2019-present)

   
   
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