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I joined the Pauls team in October 2017 as the Wellbeing Officer.
After my elderly father was diagnosed with cancer in 2015 and I became his carer, I observed and experienced the obstacles that patients, carers and families faced at such a difficult time. I felt strongly that no one should have to face such difficulties without a good support network which is why I was overjoyed to be offered the opportunity to work for the centre.
I started my career working as a secretary and years later trained as a dancer. I went on to teach dance and drama, life skills and was a support worker to adults with learning disabilities for the same charity for 12 years. I then worked for an entertainment business and also trained as an Aromatherapist in 2013. I live with my 2 daughters of 13 and 24 and we enjoy spending time together cooking, travelling and eating out.
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My work history is a little chequered: I have worked in benefits for a local authority for about 14 years before changing direction completely and re-trained in animal care. After my training, I was offered a job in the animal rescue centre where I had trained and stayed there for nearly 10 years.
On both occasions I changed jobs when the organisations shifted their focus away from the welfare of public and the animals in their care, respectively. This is what attracted me to Paul’s – it is very much focused on the clients and what they need for their recovery and wellbeing. The ethos and the atmosphere here are very personal, welcoming and warm and I am looking forward to developing my role here.
Suddenly widowed by cancer just as I was to retire, I came to Paul’s a year later to find new friends, and to make a personal though inevitably tiny contribution to hitting back.
I’m so glad that I did.
I was diagnosed with cancer in 2012 after which I took advantage of Paul’s Coping with Cancer Stress course.
Upon retiring from full time work 3 years later, I joined Paul’s as Support and Reception Volunteer because I wanted to give something back to society and, in particular, to Paul’s where I had been impressed with the emotional support they offered and the many different treatments and activities they provide to those affected by cancer after initial treatment.
Paul’s has continued to impress me with not only its continual effort to find new ways to support its clients (including their family and carers) but also the wide diversity of these clients which is increasingly more important in a large city like London.
I joined Paul’s as a volunteer about 5 years ago. My role is to help with the necessary back-office computer related functions.
Before starting at Paul’s I worked in the computer industry for over 30 years but eventually took voluntary redundancy as the stress had become too much. A year or so later, with time on my hands and a wish to “give something back,” I went to a volunteers fair where Paul’s was represented and the rest, as they say, is history.
Although I have no experience of health care work, like many others, I have family members who have or had cancer so I fully support the work that Paul’s does in the community.
Jessica Mitchell has two roles at Paul’s centre: she works part time as our Volunteer Coordinator and is also a member of our counselling team.
Jessica has recruited, trained and supported volunteers in several organisations including CRUSE Bereavement Care, Hexagon Housing and The Food Commission. In addition to working with Paul’s for the past two years, Jessica has been a volunteer counsellor at St. Christopher’s Hospice since 2011, most recently supporting bereaved families, children and young people.
Jessica has MSc degrees in Therapeutic Counselling and in International Public Health Nutrition, and a certificate in online counselling. She has completed further training in working with people with cancer, including a City and Guilds CBT certificate with a focus on palliative care. As a registered member of the BACP and of the EMDR Association, Jessica offers integrative counselling and EMDR. She has been practicing since 2011.