We couldn’t be the success we are without our Directors, Staff and Volunteers – all of whom are invaluable to our Thursday Project. Meet the team below…
Julie Matthews – Director & CEO
In 2007, Julie was chosen along with 34 other service users, who were suffering with mental health issues, across the South West to train in Intentional Peer support. The training was by Shery Mead and Chris Hansen, from America. The aim was to go back to their communities and show the benefits of peer support within their communities. Through Julies’ personal understanding and passion for peer support, it led her to create with others a member led community project called CHARD WATCH CIC. This was for over 150 isolated individuals needing friendships and hope.
WATCH has now over ten years of delivering professional peer support workshops to maximise peoples’ true potential locally & nationally.
When the opportunity arose for four grass roots independent organisations to come together across Somerset Called ‘Wells Wessex’ it was a natural progression that could pull resources to offer people most in need and continue the model of peer support.
Richard Miller – Director, Chard Watch Secretary & Volunteer
As a psychology graduate with many years of medical research experience, much of it in psychiatry, volunteering for WATCH seemed a logical and fulfilling fit when I retired. For the last two and a half years I have been supporting the Thursday pop-up project, and am a Director and Company Secretary. Additionally, I help with fundraising and lead a small group in Health Walks.
Kevin Townsend – Honorary Treasurer
Having spent 40 years, running my own businesses until 2015, when I retired I decided I would like to be involved with a local charity. I became Treasurer of Chard WATCH in May 2016. I am always amazed at how the members respond to being part of the Thursday Project. Becoming more confident and self assured in this brilliant environment. I really enjoy being part of a great team and also witnessing the growth and success of the business.
Eleanor (Ellie) Lee – Director
I’m Ellie Lee, Director at WATCH. I LOVE being able to work with WATCH again having worked with the organisation for a few years until recently whilst working at a local housing association. I also love a good spreadsheet 🙂 and look forward to working with Julie to make some useful ones for WATCH. In my spare time you’ll find me either stuck into a book, in a swimming pool or climbing a wall, ideally with my lovely family.
Ken Comber – Director
I am the current Chair of the Watch Project and have supported the project for many years. I also help the project with grant applications and contracts. I work part-time as the Operations Director for the Hub -Yeovil supporting adults with learning disabilities and autism. I am a Governor of Yeovil College and also help two other local charities. I love Bristol City and going to Glastonbury Festival!
Andrew Peacey – Director
Jonathon Farey – Director
Martin Carnell – Director