At Promas CIC, we believe that every carer should be valued and cared for.
Our team has extensive professional experience and we’re committed to ensuring
unpaid carers have access to skills training and the emotional support they need.
Bernie is one of the Directors at Promas CIC. Her working background has been in mental health and social care for the past 33 years, working in the UK and New Zealand where she first began working with carers organisations. When she returned to the UK in 2009 she met Jenny and they became interested in working with unpaid carers. They started this work in 2011 and started the company in 2013.
Jenny is one of the Directors of Promas CIC and has over 20 years of teaching experience in voluntary and public sectors. Jenny has managed a variety of projects funded by European Social fund, Department for Works and Pensions and the Skills Funding Agency supporting people to move forward with their lives through education, advice and assistance.
Non-Executive Director (Volunteer)
Matthew has over a decade of experience working in the fields of design, communications and project management. He has professionally collaborated with several non-profits, including the RNLI, ShelterBox, Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust, ChildFund and Cornwall Hospice Care.
He is the Creative Director of the communications agency Ridgeline Studio, as well as an Associate Lecturer at Falmouth University. He has a passion for working with organisations that are trying to make a difference to individuals, the community or the world at large.
Matthew has joined the team at Promas CIC as a non-executive Director to help build on the fantastic work that the Community Interest Company has been achieving since it established. He brings a wealth of skills and knowledge to the team, notably a strategic view on communications and project management, creative thinking and a strong network base in Cornwall.
When not designing, Matthew is also a Beach Lifeguard with the RNLI – a role he has held for 14 years. He is also part of the international training team with the charity, travelling to developing countries to teach lifesaving skills, helping to reduce the global drowning rate. He co-founded Gyllyngvase Surf Life Saving Club and was elected as Chairman for 10 years, stepping down from the role in December 2018. He is a voluntary lifeguard trainer with Surf Life Saving GB and was recognised for this dedication by being presented with a distinguished ‘Services to Lifesaving’ award. He is also a sports coach at Truro School and a call-out member with West Cornwall Search and Rescue Team.
Dave joined Promas CIC as a Non-Executive Director in January 2020, but his interest and involvement goes right back to its inception. He has worked in the Economic and Community Development field for more than 20 years and it was whilst working for a local community development charity providing governance and funding support that the relationship with Promas CIC began. At that time Dave’s help included assisting Promas CIC secure over £300k of funding. More crucially he highlights that this time also “provided the opportunity to witness first-hand the fantastic (and vital) work that Promas CIC delivers in supporting carers and so when the opportunity arose to join the board arose it was an easy decision”.
Dave’s economic and community development roles have been varied and have included over 10 years working in both local government and the voluntary sectors in various positions including those of Development Manager and Commissioner. In these roles he has helped lever in over £20m of external funding into Cornwall from a variety of sources including European funding, Lottery, responding to tenders, charities and trust funds.
The expertise he brings to the board includes voluntary sector governance, funding, strategic business planning as well as a good understanding of public sector working practices and processes.
During his spare time, you are quite likely to find Dave somewhere near the sea trying to keep fit by kayaking, swimming or walking the coast path.
Admin and Marketing Assistant
Matthew is an ambitious and highly motivated individual. He joined the organisation in February of 2022 and is based in the Promas CIC office in Pool, where he occupies an Admin and Marketing Assistant position. He has an honour’s degree in business management and a master’s degree in continental philosophy. His hobbies include reading, writing, running, playing football, and socialising with friends. In recent years, he has developed a keen interest in philosophy. He believes the knowledge, insights, and skills he has acquired will assist the continued development of Promas CIC.
Sophia Halling has run community choirs in Cornwall for 10 years now. She currently conducts Raise the ‘Ruth in Redruth, Barbed Choir in Penzance and The Riverside Singers in Devoran. She has also worked as a singer at The Eden Project and for Wildworks on some of their productions including Wolf’s Child. It is her firm belief that everyone can sing, even those who are adamant they cannot!
Working in Mental Health since 1983 and being interested in meditation since 1985, it seemed likely that I might end up training in, and offering, mindfulness. I have been teaching courses for both the NHS and privately for Mindfulness Cornwall (a not for profit, Community Interest Company CIC) since
Mindfulness is usually offered as an 8-Week course; MBCT (mindfulness based cognitive therapy) or MBSR (mindfulness based stress reduction). Having taught over 60 of these courses now, I am even more passionate about this kind and effective approach and am delighted to be offering a morning of mindfulness for Promas CIC; a `taster`.
As a partner, daughter of aging parents, and mum to a young man with cerebral palsy I love the mutuality of this approach – we are all in `this` together; `this` being the human condition!
Kelly Bennett set up Walk Kernow in 2012. After experiencing the benefits that
Nordic walking gave her, she wanted to share her love for the sport and its physical and mental benefits. Not long after Kernect Social was also started, as so many of her walkers enjoyed socialising together. Walk Kernow has become a whole fitness, wellbeing and lifestyle group.
From then she has had team members join her all with a love of Nordic Walking and all of which have completed their Nordic Walking qualifications and first aid courses and are fully insured.
Together Kelly and her team bring you safe, well planned, fun Nordic Walks across the Cornish Countryside.
Tracey has worked for Recovery College Cornwall as a Community Trainer and Curriculum Development Co-ordinator since 2019, where she delivers mental health recovery courses that encourage people to engage in activity to promote their own recovery. Alongside this, Tracey works as a Health Care Assistant in community hospitals where she supports physical care and recovery. In this environment, she believes it is essential to make time to acknowledge the impact of physical ill-health on mental health.
Tracey is passionate about supporting recovery and taking the time to listen to people in a way that invites them to share their wisdom is at the heart of my practice. Tracey is excited to be part of the PROMAS team and look forward to meeting you all.
Polly Roberts is an explorer of people and place: a writer, community arts worker, nature lover and traveller. Polly Roberts holds a BA in Creative Writing from UEA and a MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University. She is author of the travel memoir Social or Solitary. In 2017 Polly won the British Council’s ‘Writers by Nature’ scholarship for emerging nature writers. Her debut poetry collection Grieving with the Animals was published Summer 2019 by Dempsey and Windle. Polly currently lives in Cornwall where she is writing her novel, completing her diploma in Counselling and working for The Writers’ Block, Cornwall’s creative writing centre. She has run creative writing workshops in schools, detention centres and community settings.
Helen started her business ‘ From Acorns to Oaks’ back in 2017. She runs a variety of workshops,
groups and 1:1 sessions that focus on maintaining and restoring good health and wellbeing through
Nature Connection, Mindfulness & Creativity. She also designs and sells mindful colouring kits.
Her background is in Occupational Therapy but after becoming unwell herself she found that being
outside in nature and being creative really helped. This started her present journey first studying
horticulture, then forest School, forest bathing and more recently mindfulness. Her love of designing
and making has followed her throughout her journey from childhood.
In her spare time, she can be found outside in nature her biggest inspiration, drawing, collecting
natural materials, being curious, making new discoveries and generally enjoying the changes the
Having trained in Multidisciplinary Arts and Illustration in Sheffield and
Falmouth, I later undertook teacher training in Sheffield and foundation level
art therapy CPD in Truro, Derby and Dubai. After more than 10 years working across the curriculum in the UK and overseas, in primary, secondary schools, FE colleges and informal learning environments, I now specialise in community
arts, literacy and well-being. I’ve facilitated craft activities in sheltered housing, creative TEFL classes for adult learners (multi-faith nationalities, including asylum seekers/refugees), and bespoke SEND arts activities (now also
via Zoom). I really care about creating a happy, comfortable space for each participant to experiment at their own pace, be creative in their own way and gain confidence. In my free time, you can find me drawing & making, gardening, eachcombing, immersing myself in the natural world, music, foreign films, and visiting galleries. Travel has given me a lifelong love of
people, culture, history and languages.
Tom set up Maguire Training & Consultancy with his wife Siobhan in 2014 on moving back to Cornwall after living and working in London for 3 years. Based in Cornwall, they work with care providers nationally to improve standards of living for people who access and use social care services. They are heavily involved in setting up new businesses within social care and have an ambition to improve the quality of support for all. Tom has worked in social care for 18 years, where he began his career as a support worker supporting adults with Autism whose ‘behaviours could be considered challenging’. Tom is also a Life & Performance coach, working with a wide range of professionals to take their lives and work to the next level and achieve their goals. Passionate about personal development, he is a keen reader and writer with a BA in English Literature from Falmouth and loves to be active, out in nature and keeping fit.
Whilst running the business, Tom worked part time for a local charity supporting unpaid carers with completing their assessments as well as facilitating carers forums which gave him a direct and valuable insight into some of the many challenges unpaid carers face. He is a member of St Mewan Parish Council and is keen to try to make a positive difference locally. Tom loves working with people and is keen to help people realise their potential.
Emma graduated in 2004 and began her career working with young offenders and their victims on restorative justice programmes in Southampton. After a period of time working with MAPPA and PPO offenders focusing on providing assertive outreach support Emma decided to relocate back home to Cornwall. Emma returned to Cornwall in 2008 and started working with a local mental health charity originally as an employment coordinator and later as the training coordinator delivering both accredited and non-accredited training to staff and clients. During her time with the charity Emma has had experience of delivering European Social Fund, Skills Funding Agency, Department for Work and Pensions, and Department for Education funded projects. Emma has experience of writing and developing both accredited and non-accredited courses and is also a
qualified internal verifier. Emma has taught a variety of different health and social care courses and has a keen focus on mental health, condition management and recovery.
We also have a small team of volunteers who help organise our events.
Rachel Creed, Irene Stevens, Jean Cowsill, Carol Miles and Lyn Bearman.
Our upcoming events
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