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Meet the BIG Board

Frances Halligan (Chair)

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I had a successful career in teaching for twenty years until 2000 when I had a mental breakdown and developed epilepsy. Since then I have experienced a range of psychiatric services as an inpatient and outpatient. I still see a consultant psychiatrist and take medication for my mood disorder, depression, anxiety and epilepsy. I set up BIG as there was a gap in services; there was a need for peer support and an independent voice in mental health. I am passionate about making  a positive difference, providing hope to others in gratitude for my own recovery. It is a privilege to be part of a team of dedicated volunteers.


Tina Wardle (Treasurer)

I am a former nurse, had first become unwell in 2000 with depression. It wasn’t until 2008 that I had a episode of severe depression in that I became involved in services.

I first became involved with BIG following a recommendation from my psychiatrist. I started off as a service user attending the Recovery Group then became a volunteer and finally a trustee.

I have always attended the Tuesday night group as I find the subjects fascinating. I have probably learned the most from that group not just the speakers but the service users as well.

Since becoming a trustee I have become more involved in the running of BIG , its role within the mental health community and the community as a whole. Promoting BIG and challenging the misconceptions of people with mental health problems is what I enjoy.


Keeley Bell (Trustee)

Hi, I’m Keeley Bell and I’m delighted that you are taking the time to read about BIG and our board members.

I came across BIG back in 2012 during which time I was studying in Counselling and Psychotherapy. As part of my studies I was practicing as a trainee counsellor with Rochdale MIND and Fortalice based in Bolton using the person centred model. These placements were the catalyst in me becoming involved with BIG in a voluntary role, alongside my personal experience of depression.
I believe that the skills I have acquired during my training in counselling have opened up an opportunity for me to communicate with individuals in a deeply emphatic way and without judgement. I feel privileged and honoured to be part of a wonderful team who, without any doubt, have every individuals best interest at the very forefront of their mind.

 



Staff

Jordan Fahy (Chief Officer)
I was recommended by my psychologist to go along to BIG as I was struggling with Anxiety and Depression. When I came to BIG I found a friendly and supportive environment where people openly talked with each other about their own experiences and struggles living with a mental health condition. I joined as a volunteer not long after as I had come to understand just how vital BIG is for people in the local community. I was enthusiastic to join the team of volunteers who are dedicated to running a service for people who are looking to connect with others, and improve their mental health and quality of life.

Jordan Fahy was appointed as Chief Officer in January 2018.

 

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