Sophie

My name is Sophie and I am the founder of Georgia’s Voice. I co-facilitate the Falmouth group with Ciara.

I am extremely passionate about supporting young girls who are suffering with their mental health, especially after loosing my own daughter to suicide. I love the support network we have created, and seeing the difference our groups make by promoting ways to improve well-being and making girls aware of the services that are available to help them.

ciara

My name is Ciara and I co-facilitate the Falmouth group with Sophie. When I was asked to join GV I had no idea of the wonderful impact it would have on my life. For years I suffered with my mental health and as a child I was silenced by my abuser. I don’t want any other young person to suffer in silence. 

I want every young person to be able to talk about how they are feeling and to know that they are important and what they say is important. That they are loved and really do matter.

Julie

My name is Julie and I co-facilitate the Redruth group. I am incredibly proud to be part of the Georgia’s Voice team, beautiful Georgia was my goddaughter.
I believe all young women deserve better, to attend a safe haven of friendly support groups, to be part of a cause, to enable young women to know about, promote and access local services that they may require.
To promote and help young women to establish and find the meaning behind wellness, self care and help build, boost and recognise their own self esteem and promote a healthy wellbeing to discover their true worth.

Amy

Hi my name is Amy. I co-facilitate the Truro group. I am extremely passionate about mental health. Having suffered from my own mental health concerns for years and feeling alone in my thoughts I want to be able to help support people who have shared the same if not similar experiences, help prevent them from feeling any self doubt. I’m also a massive believer of ‘communication is key’ therefore, feel It is vital for people who are struggling to have a safe place to go to where they can talk, be heard or just be present. I am extremely proud to be apart of the team.

Mandy

Hi my name is Mandy and I co-facilitate the Camborne Group. Georgia was my Beautiful Granddaughter. 

I am very passionate about helping young women who experience mental health issues. Every young person deserves to be listened to. I am dedicated to helping as many of you as possible.

Molly

Hi, my name is Molly and I co-facilitate the Penzance group. I am a mum to an extremely energetic 8 year old boy.  I am a support worker for young families and people aged 16-24 who live in supported housing and  I also run a soft play area for children, a project which I set up back in 2014.

I suffer from a panic disorder and anxiety which I have had since a young child, which impacts on my life daily. I want to help end the stigma towards mental health and help to provide a safe and confidential place for young women to meet and support each other. I’m very grateful to be a part of the Georgia’s Voice Team.

emma

Hi my name is Emma and co-facilitate the Redruth group. I have been supporting young people for 23 years in a range of settings.

Making sure young people receive the information, guidance and support to move forward in life is important to me. I have supported someone in my family for many years with their mental health, through the good times and the bad. So having the opportunity to volunteer at Georgia’s voice is an honour I’m very excited about.

stephanie

My name is Stephanie Sowenna, I currently work with Careleavers and in the police force. I co-facilitate the Camborne group.  I grew up in care and have faced many challenges in my life, as difficult as these were I would not be where I am today without them.   I am very passionate about supporting people around ill mental health. No-one should feel alone or judged, there’s always a story.   I have had my own struggles with Mental health. At the age of 15 I was sectioned due to depression and other mental illnesses. I have worked through these, being physical is key for me. I enjoy the gym, being in nature, listening to birds and getting tattoos.

charlotte

Hi I’m Charlotte, I’m an Illustration student studying at Falmouth University, and I facilitate the Penryn group on Penryn campus! I’ve experienced mental illness as a result of trauma for the past 10 years, with varying levels of support from services over the years. I’ve always been passionate about giving young people a voice, and to recognise the importance of being listened to properly, and believed. Mental health services are so stretched, and often take a very clinical approach to conversations surrounding our difficult experiences in life, so it’s really refreshing to have somewhere to go where you can talk openly and be treated with kindness and no judgement, and appreciate a more human approach. Everyone deserves to feel safe and respected, and to know that they’re not alone in the world. We’re here for you because we care!

louise

I’m Louise, one of the fab team of trustees for Georgia’s Voice, and I also facilitate the Penzance fortnightly group. I’m a person-centred counsellor, and am fiercely passionate about accessible mental health services for all. I like to challenge the perceptions out there of counselling and mental wellness, and champion acceptance and authenticity. I’ve faced adversity in my own life and despite it being tough in places, I know it is all part of what makes me, me. I believe that showing kindness to ourselves/our situations can help with healing from our traumas. I’m really proud to be a part of the Georgia’s Voice team, and proud of how our services help young women. 

And I’m proud of our group members and supporters! You really are all wonderful! When I’m not working you can find me pootling about Newlyn with my whippet Piper (you’ll hear loads about him when you meet me!), trundling about in Tessa (my counselling and general adventure wagon!), or getting fully immersed in a serial killer documentary (people truly are fascinating haha!).

emma

Hi my name is Emma & I co-facilitate the St Austell group.  I feel privileged to have this opportunity to support young women with their mental health concerns & also support such an amazing charity. I have a degree in Psychology, and I work for a mental health charity as a Young Peoples Advisor. I am studying towards my Youth Work diploma.  I have a passion for helping young people with their mental health. This stems from my own personal experience of severe anxiety in my final year of university but also a lack of services for young people in Cornwall. Anxiety & other disorders can make you feel incredibly alone & scared but by providing support you are providing comfort to those as it makes them realise they are not alone and that others are experiencing similar emotions and feelings.

Georgia’s voice also provides an alternative to the main mental health service within Cornwall which is very pressured at the moment with long waiting lists. I want my support group to provide a safe haven that won’t let young people down. So come along, everyone is welcome, we are not professionals ready to diagnose, we are normal people who are ready to help. ☺️ I am sure there will be a lot of laughter too!

jessica

Hello, my name is Jessica and I’m the co-facilitator for the Newquay group. I work as a youth advisor supporting young adults with their mental health and supporting them into education or employment. I have lived through my own experiences of poor mental health but understood there was a light at the end of the tunnel. By using meditation, learning massage and reiki, I manage my mental health daily, encouraging me to help educate and empower young people to work towards their own personal goals. I love animals, especially dogs. Often my own fur babies join us during meetings for extra special cuddles. My self care often includes long walks, cold water swims, puppy cuddles, a face mask and a good series on Netflix.

laura

I’m Laura. I co-facilitate the Penryn group on Penryn campus. I am a communications officer for a charity which supports other charities and a volunteer manager for The Fish Factory in Penryn. I’ve taught all over the world and have always been passionate about listening to young people and giving voice to those who may have been afraid to speak. Having struggled with C-PTSD for years, I have lived experience of mental health struggles and believe we create a space for young women to be seen, heard and guided.

Alice

Alice

Hiya I’m Alice and co-facilitate the Camborne group with Mandy. I am a psychology graduate and passionate mental health advocate. I have experienced debilitating anxiety and depression along with PTSD and eating disorders. I understand how confusing and debilitating poor mental health can be and am dedicated to preventing young people feel alone with their struggles. I will always listen without judgement and provide a safe space to talk or to just be. You are not alone and I have learned that things really can get better.

polly

My name is Polly and I co-facilitate the Hayle group with Victoria. I have suffered from challenging mental health issues which have led to low confidence and a negative self-esteem most of my life. As an abused teenager, I was placed in a foster home. I am a survivor and want to give others hope to embrace being perfectly imperfect. I know support others to rise in an bespoke educational setting. I wish I would have known about a group like GV I could have attended to help me make sense of my thoughts, feelings and actions with like-minded ladies in a safe and confidential space. I feel so privileged to be part of the GV team and am grateful for every young lady that is brave enough to step through our doors knowing the positive impact they are going to have on the rest of their lives.