Pharmacist Support is delighted to welcome four new members of staff to its team! Marcia Thorpe our new Wellbeing Manager, Winston Cunningham our Counsellor, Niall Wilson our Social Media Apprentice and then there’s me Laura Wardropper the Marketing Communications Assistant! We have all been welcomed into the PS family and look forward to meeting you all over the coming months. But, until we do – we thought it would be nice to introduce ourselves.
Marcia is passionate about all things wellbeing and has spent many years practicing this belief within the voluntary sector, supporting vulnerable people to overcome life crises, many of whom have been homeless.
She said “Knowing who you are and taking care of yourself so you can live a happy, healthy life is important for all of us. Joining the charity gives me the opportunity to continue to practice this as part of a unique charity dedicated to supporting the pharmacy profession.”
“As Wellbeing Manager I’m looking forward to setting up and delivering our new talking therapy services and developing our highly successful wellbeing workshops – taking them to the next level, by listening to the needs of the profession and providing you (as pharmacists, trainees and students) with challenging and exciting programmes that help you get the most out of your personal and professional lives.”
Winston’s role at Pharmacist Support is to provide one to one telephone support and counselling sessions to the Charity’s service users and to develop the volunteer service as demand for support increases. He also manages the allocation of requests for support from the charity’s Listening Friends helpline and provides one to one support and training to the volunteers.
“I was keen to join the charity as the prospect of initiating and developing a new service would be exciting, challenging and rewarding” commented Winston. “I am looking forward to continuing the implementation of a much needed service that provides assistance and respite to any of the Charity’s service users who may be suffering any form of psychological distress.”
Niall is our Social Media guru who joins us through The Juice Academy apprenticeship scheme. He has already made a splash on our social media platforms – appearing from the smoke as a 175 hero at the 2015 Pharmacy Show and launching the charity’s Instagram account. You can thank Niall for our more visually exciting posts recently!
“I was keen to join the organisation because I liked the idea of going home and knowing that I’ve made some sort of positive impact – I enjoy that feeling of helping others and working for the charity has allowed me to do so. I’d say that I’m most looking forward to getting stuck into our 1-7-5 campaign in 2016, it’s going to be a great year for us.”
About Laura (that’s ME!)
I joined at the beginning of this month, again thanks to the new Juice Academy graduate scheme. My role as Marketing and Communications Assistant will be to generate more of these new and exciting web stories (!) and to support the team with our 175th anniversary activities. Since graduating in 2014 I have undertaken a number of internships before finding my place here, including an arts centre, a community voluntary service and a PR company. During my ‘boot camp day’ at The Juice Academy, I realised a charity would be somewhere that I could flourish. Luckily Pharmacist Support liked me and here I am!