About our team

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Health and Wellbeing Worker
Hi, I’m Sally and am one of the Health and Wellbeing workers here at the Emotional Wellbeing Service. I have been here since July 2017, moving from a secondary school where I ran a provision for vulnerable pupils.

Throughout my career, I’ve witnessed just how much of a positive impact the correct support regarding mental health can have on young people and it’s something I’m really passionate about… along with dogs, cheese, travelling to new places and supporting Wales in the rugby!

Health and Wellbeing Worker/ Volunteer Co-Ordinator
My name is Leanne and I am one of the Health and Wellbeing workers. My role involves facilitating groups, completing assessments and generally working to help young people in Cardiff and the Vale. I am also the volunteer coordinator so I try to find amazing volunteers who can help us to help you. We have great volunteers now who are just as dedicated and passionate as we all are.

My background is working in various roles including; support work, mental health, substance misuse, counselling and volunteering with the homeless. I have a real passion for making life easier for people.

Service Manager
Hi I’m Sandra.

I have the pleasure of managing the Emotional Wellbeing Service and providing support for the brilliant staff. I have worked in the Health and Social Care sector for over 20 years. I am a qualified youth worker, business manager and substance misuse professional.

I have been lucky enough to manage diverse services across South Wales, such as Families First, Youth Work Services, Young Carers, Alternative Education Provisions, Youth offending service, Substance misuse, Health Inclusion Programmes etc.

I hope I have made a difference to improve confidence, build resilience and see them reach their full potential and achieve their dreams.

Team Leader
Hi, I’m Jo.

I’m one of the health and wellbeing workers in the team. Following my degree in psychology I have worked in the mental health field for a number of years, both with adults and young people, in various community and hospital settings. I have a real passion for early intervention and in helping people as early as possible to build resilience, develop positive coping skills and empowering them to build the future they want!

When not in work, I’m usually pursuing my other passion for travelling and seeing new places.

Health and Wellbeing Worker
Hi my name is Ross.

I’m a fully qualified youth worker and I’m the substance misuse lead in the team.
Before I joined the team I was a young people’s drugs and alcohol worker for ten years and I’m happy to say I was able to help some very vulnerable people during that time.
That’s important to me because I’m passionate about working with young people and helping them through difficult times in their lives.

Before that I, I worked as an artist and film-maker and I got to work on some great projects. I still love to do creative things like painting and making music in my spare time.

Single Point of Contact (SPOC)
Hey! I’m Summer.

I am the Single Point of Contact (SPOC) for the service. If you call the service it’s likely that I’ll be the first person you talk to.

I started working for the Emotional Wellbeing Service in December 2019 after studying Psychology as an undergraduate and volunteering for the Emotional Wellbeing Service for almost two years. I am extremely proud to be part of such an amazing, supportive and friendly team who truly value improving the wellbeing of young people.

When not in work I like to spend my time clothes shopping, reading, trying new recipes and travelling.

Digital Wellbeing Worker

I’m Caitlin and I am the Digital Wellbeing Worker on the EWS team! I’m new to the team, but in the past have been the Mental Health Officer for Cardiff University and volunteered with Student Advice, Girlguiding Cymru and Mind Your Head for many years now.

Since moving to Cardiff for Uni in 2017, my passion for working in welfare projects and developing wellbeing interventions has grown and grown – so I’m really excited to work on our online workshops and resources for young people!

Outside of the EWS I’m a Journalism Masters student at Cardiff University. I enjoy being a musician and going to gigs, and also walking or going to the beach in my home county at the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

Health and Wellbeing Worker
Hello, I’m Rachel! I have always had an interest in young people’s mental health, so following my degree in Psychology with Criminology I have worked with young adults experiencing Personality Disorder, as well as children with Autism Spectrum Disorder before joining the EWS team at the beginning of 2021.

One aspect of the role that I’m particularly passionate about is helping young people find their own strengths and celebrate their successes.

Outside of work, you’ll usually find me stand up paddle boarding, running, or doing something outdoors!

Health and Wellbeing Worker
Hi guys,

Lovely to meet you! I’m Maria. After finishing my BSc and MSc degrees in Psychology, I first started with the Emotional Wellbeing Service in 2018 as a Single Point of Contact. I left the service to travel and work elsewhere and rejoined the team in October 2020 as a Health and Wellbeing worker. Like my colleagues, I have a passion to support young people to make lasting changes to improve their wellbeing and reach their full potential.

I have a great deal of experience supporting a wide range of individuals of varying ages and backgrounds. For fun, I love to travel, spend time with friends, family and my dog of course!

Health and Wellbeing Worker
My name is Ellie and I am one of the Health and Wellbeing workers here at the Emotional Wellbeing Service.

My role involves supporting young people to make positive changes which have a lasting impact on their wellbeing. Life throws all sorts of challenges at you, so equipping people to be able to manage the ups and downs is something I feel passionate about. Previous to this role, I studied for my psychology degree and have had various support roles within lots of different fields, mainly with young people.

Outside of work, you’ll find me checking out new coffee spots, doing anything active outdoors or delving into a new TV series!

What our clients say

“[EWS] helped to learn new and better ways to deal with stuff”

Young person

“I can look in my mirror and think wow”

Young Person

“The group and activities really helped him feel more calm in the situations he wasn’t feeling calm in before”


“I understand that I am capable of things I didn’t before”

Young person