Our Staff

Sally Dance

Sally is EDMHSS Manager. She began working with EDMHSS in 1979 as a volunteer and in 2000 she was appointed to the role of Coordinator. She is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the charity. This includes supervising the delivery of services, recruiting and monitoring volunteers and developing successful partnerships with local agencies and with the local community. Her work ensures that the work we do as a charity continues to be relevant to the needs of local service users.

Sally is a people person who is very passionate about the charity and the people who receive our help and support. She has a Certificate in Community Mental Health Care from the University of Birmingham, a Certificate in Basic Counselling Skills and a Foundation Certificate in Health and Safety in the Workplace. In her spare time, Sally enjoys walking, crosswords and spending time with her family.

 

Mel Hill

Mel is our Day Services Facilitator. She began working for EDMHSS in March 2016. Her role is to organise and produce activities in Creation Corner, facilitate Cook & Eat Club and also assist in the administration of Child Counselling. She supports service users who attend the centre. Mel feels that it is important  she makes a difference to the day that service users are having and always tries to make every Welcome Club special for every service user.

Mel is also a support worker for the  COVID-19 helpline.

In her spare time Mel cares for her family and enjoys surfing the net and doing as many puzzles as she can.

 

Debbie Dickson

Debbie is our newest member of staff  joining us in December 2018. Her role is Marketing, PR & Fundraising Assistant. She also assists in Creation Corner and Welcome Club where she believes laughter is essential. Debbie also covers the administration of  Adult Counselling and office administration when the need arises. Having 21 years Civil Service background in office administration she is a welcome addition to the charity, extremely passionate about Mental Health and believes everyone should have a voice.

Her interests include reading, binge watching Netflix series and Arts and Crafts. She especially loves spending time with her family and her new grandson.

Leanne McPherson

With many years experience working with vulnerable youths in Learning Support and Inclusion , Leanne has embarked on a 5 year journey to become a counsellor.

Training in therapeutic counselling during the pandemic has been challenging but to provide a warm, welcoming service to her future clients is her ultimate goal.

Joining EDMHSS as a support worker for COVID-19 helpline has been a humbling experience for Leanne.

Her hobbies include going to the cinema or theatre and walking her sausage dogs.

Tracey Brisband

After graduating from Newman University with a degree in Theology, Tracey began working in the field of mental health, firstly with Mind in May 2017 running a dementia wellbeing café, then as a Peer Support for people with mental health issues.

Tracey joined EDMHSS as a volunteer in May 2019 helping to run CAMEO, a new peer support group. Tracey was also a volunteer chaplaincy member at the Alexandra Hospital Redditch which she loved. She also sang in a choir around the wards helping to bring music, laughter and fun at difficult times for patients.

Tracey is a full time carer for her elderly and disabled mother who lives with herself and her family.

Tracey is passionate about working and helping people and now is able to fulfil this by being a member of the COVID-19 Support helpline.

Her hobbies are gardening, reading, crafting and walking her two lovely border collies.