Kate Blakemore ~ Founder/Chief Executive
As a mum of 3 I feel being a mum is one of the most difficult jobs that we are ever going to do. Being a mum without any complications is difficult, and even more so if mum or child is physically or emotionally challenged.
I founded Motherwell in 2013 as I wanted to create a community for mums where they could feel safe & supported but most of all not judged. One thing that We want to promote is that at Motherwell we are here for ALL mums not just new mums. Our strap line “Supporting Mums on the Mothering journey” is exactly what we do.
I have always wanted to create a “pick & mix” package of support and feel that We do just that, with Wellbeing days & workshops, counselling & therapeutic programmes all offered in the heart of the community. I feel there is literally something for everyone as they go through all the stages of the mothering journey.
One thing that I am very proud of is the number of volunteers that we have on board who all work with passion & empathy, to support the mums that come to us. What has been very rewarding is having many of the mums that we have worked with come back & volunteer for us, creating a full circle of support.
As Motherwell moves into the next phase of the Journey; moving into charity status and with the continued support of my wonderful trustees I am sure we can go on providing this much needed support system to mums in Cheshire.
As well as managing Motherwell, I am also a counsellor, relationship counsellor, mentor & trainer and am able to support you in achieving your life goals.
Mentoring works on establishing goals & how we are going to achieve them.
I also run workshops for individuals and organisations, these are promoted through social media . Most of my work is centred around supporting mums therapeutically.
I look forward to working with many of you over the next few years. Inspiring you all to “Sparkle and Shine”
Dave Corp ~ Chair of Trustees
I have enjoyed a career path that has taken me from managing national logistics businesses, a volunteer for Mind, the Princes Trust, the Outward-Bound Trust & supporting vulnerable people as an Advocate.
I have a firm belief that everyone should have the opportunity to achieve their full potential.
I hope that my business and people experience will contribute to the skills & enthusiasm of the Motherwell Team, supporting the charity to the next level of its future development.
Outside of work, I have a busy family life with 6-year-old Sami, wife Roxi, grown up daughters & a gorgeous granddaughter, as well as my 2 allotments to keep me busy!
Tracey Farleigh ~ Trustee & Treasurer
I have worked for Barclays Bank in IT since 1985 in various roles and locations. I spent the first 18 years in technical roles and for the past 13 years I have been in team leading roles. I have enjoyed every role and had some fantastic experiences along the way. A particular highlight was the opportunity to build out teams in Singapore and India a few years ago, and visiting the teams a number of times; enjoying the cultural experiences that brought. One of the aspects of team leading I enjoy most is developing people and seeing them grow in their careers and personal lives.
I became involved with Motherwell via two routes in September 2016 - 1) through our chair-person Shirley and 2) through Cheshire Connect via Barclays.
I have been able to use business and life skills to help Motherwell as part of the newly formed Board with the specific role of Treasurer. Going forward I also want to help in a more hands on way and not just attend monthly meetings as I have reached another stage of my own mothering journey.
I am married with one son who is now 18 and a signed player at The New Saints, Oswestry. I am an immensely proud Mum and for me, this has been my biggest achievement in life. I also love swimming, reading, travel and spending time at our caravan in North Wales.
Another big part of my life is supporting and visiting (at least once a year) an orphanage in Kenya – the children and community are part of my extended family.
So… why Motherwell? Having (very unexpectedly) suffered from Post Natal Depression 18 years ago after my son was born and there being very limited – actually no - support, I really felt drawn to Motherwell.
Being emphatic is key to truly understanding the challenges that women can go through as a Mum and my own experiences are a massive driver to be part of an organisation supporting Mums to ease or overcome a number of issues.
I believe in the goals, strategic direction and brand of Motherwell; and the desire to help Mums at various stages of their own journeys.
Jayne Pullar ~ Trustee
I am a careers mentor, with many years experience of supporting people choosing how to work towards their chosen career. Linking in with a local charity who find successful women from the business world to mentor young women to raise their aspiration.
Most recently I joined a local housing trust setting up a new project as an Employability Adviser/Mentor acting as an Interim Team Leader to support the development of the service, now with a permanent position of Senior Adviser. This involves offering information, advice and guidance to support customers into sustainable work.
I am a mum of two grown up children, grandmother of one and have been married for 30 years. Working full time as my children were growing up, I understand the difficulties involved in juggling a career and a family life. I have met crossroads in my life where the time to change careers has been right for me. I am passionate about the importance of exploring yourself and career ideas to create a future you want.
Amanda Palin ~ Trustee
I am a mother of two and grandmother of five, from Crewe.
I have worked in a variety of roles in Social Care for 28 years including working for the British Red Cross for the past 4 years.
I am passionate about preventative local service which are responsible for supporting local needs.
My role is helping to equip people to understand and use self care in everyday life.
Jackie Hodgson ~ Trustee
I retired a couple of years ago but have over 30 years experience of working in social housing. I have a B. Soc Sc (Hons) degree from The University of Birmingham and a Post Graduate Diploma in Housing Administration from Sheffield Polytechnic. I am also still a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.
I have spent the majority of my working life in mid-Cheshire and hope that my skills, together with my work and life experiences, will help to further develop Motherwell.
I am married with a grown-up step-daughter and an 18 year old daughter who is, hopefully, about to go to university. I feel that I can understand and appreciate the many issues facing mothers and the services that are needed to support them.
Nadine Lewis ~ HR Co-ordinator
I am a mother of two young children, two very independent, head strong girls.
I started at Motherwell volunteering about a year ago, just a couple of hours a week to get me out of the house.
I wanted a couple of hours to myself, to think about something other than being a mum. I didn't realise how much of myself I had lost being a stay at home mum, I didn't think mentally I needed anything more, I was wrong! Previous jobs I would say, I didn't enjoy but went to, just to make a living, we all can get stuck in a rut career wise.
Motherwell made me realise work isn't just a job, it is a place I enjoy coming to and a place I am proud to say I work for.
My role is as the HR Co-ordinator, I am based within in the office, but that is the best place for me! The women I work with are some of the kindest and most supportive women I know, their acts are only to help people and to support them.
Freya O'Brien ~ Fundraising & Events
I'm a Mum to 2 young children (I had two under two!) and for the most part have been a stay-at-home mum. I have done a few work from home businesses but am very pleased to have found Motherwell.
Pre children, I spent time studying history, as well as fundraising and organising events for a charity run by students; I have been involved in Girlguiding for a while.
I'm enjoying rediscovering my passion for charity events, and the more behind the scenes fundraising too. As a mother who had various difficulties herself, I'm very pleased there is a charity like Motherwell around.
Debbie Sharred ~ Wellbeing Co~ordinator
I am a mum of 3 beautiful children, all mostly grown up, that does not mean I’m not wanted! In my experience it’s a job for life! I’ve been a mum for 28 ½ years and experienced all the emotions, highs and lows, of being a mum! Looking forward to the next chapter!
I’ve worked as a teacher in some shape or form all my working life. I also worked as a Nanny to 3 young boys. I used to work with young women in supported accommodation, supporting them back into education, work, volunteering and training, so I’m very aware of the ‘Mothering Journey’.
I work mainly behind the scenes, coordinating the Wellbeing Days, Workshops and courses, but love to be front of house, interacting with our mums on the Wellbeing!
We also have a team of volunteers that help support the peer support groups, counselling service, drop ins, social media support, office duties, Wellbeing Days and all the admin work.
If you wish to find out more about being a Motherwell Volunteer
contact us using the form below.