Lifecraft’s Executive Committee is made up of an elected board of Trustees. As a user-led organisation three-quarters of the Executive Committee have lived experience of mental health issues.
My background is in engineering and I have life experience of managing many situations in the work and home . I was the Chair of Lifecraft for three years until October 2016 and have a good understating of the impact of mental ill health on people’s lives. I am committed to support Lifecraft as a charity which helps and enables people to move through difficult times in their lives.
I have been coming to Lifecraft since the end of July 2014. I have a degree in Maths and Chemistry Combined honours 2:2 and I graduated from Anglia Ruskin University in October 2006. I am currently doing an accountancy course at First Intuition and I am now the current Treasurer.
I’ve been a Lifecraft Member and volunteer since April 2015. When I was asked to be a Trustee I was delighted, it meant I could be more involved in helping others. My passion is art and I have had the good luck of being part of the Art Group where I can draw cats, which are my other passion.
I was born in Brazil, though my family is originally from India. I have a lovely daughter. I studied at Kingston Polytechnic. I enjoy reading and listening to jazz and classical music. I am a Buddhist. I have traveled extensively, particularly enjoying my stay in Australia. I have benefited greatly in my recovery from mental illness in attending the groups at Lifecraft.
I live just down the road from the Bath House, work as a landscape architect and have children at Parkside Community College. I like to get embedded in local community activities and, for the past couple of years, have helped to run the Mill Road Winter Fair. Lifecraft is a new experience for me, as I’m more used to working in the environmental sector, but I’m learning fast! I’m helping to build confidence and partnerships and am currently coordinating Lifecraft’s fundraising activities.
I have been a member of Lifecraft for many years. I have worked as a receptionist, facilitator for the Hearing Voices Group and taken part in several projects. I am keen to promote mental health issues and tackle stigma. I am currently the Chair of the Trustees at Lifecraft.