Need Support? Call 01202 246763 (regularly monitored answerphone) support@waterlilyproject.org.uk

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Meet our team 

Liz Carter

Liz Carter

Project Manager

Liz is married to Brett and has two boys. She is a committed Christian who felt called to leave her previous job with Friends International to reach out to her local community.  She joined WLP as a volunteer for six months before being appointed Project Manager. She has a Pastoral Care certificate from Moorlands, Mental Health Awareness training and DASH (Domestic Abuse, Stalking, harassment and Honour based violence) Masterclass training.

Liz enjoys worship at Lansdowne church.  She sings regularly in the worship band and for a local all-female vocal group called ‘La Nova Singers’. She is a dog lover and avid book reader.

 

Liz’s working days are: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9:30am – 5:30pm

Contact Liz on:
07743 719063
manager@waterlilyproject.org.uk

Caroline Thomas

Bev McKay

Deputy Manager

Bev McKay takes on this new role, having previously worked for WLP for six months as a support worker, providing one to one counselling for women struggling with a variety of complex needs including mental health issues, domestic abuse, financial hardship or dealing with the aftermath of addictions.

A qualified Mental Health and Wellbeing trainer consultant and coach, Bev brings a huge amount of knowledge on mental health to this appointment. She is also trained in counselling and a tutor in mental health and wellbeing awareness courses.

As a recognised Mental Health First Aider, Bev has worked within many organisations to increase mental health awareness and to equip staff to deal with sensitive conversations. She is passionate about reducing stigma and supporting organisations to deal effectively with mental health challenges and developing wellbeing champions within organisations.

Bev complements her skills in well-being, mental health awareness and stress management with her experience as a qualified nurse, having begun her career in nursing. Her medical background enables her to contextualise her coaching with the impacts that poor mental health, stress and excessive pressure has on the body.

The mother of five from Christchurch is also a practising Christian and says: “My decision to take on this new position at the Water Lily Project is very much governed by a clear vision that God has been directing me to use my skills in a valuable role. To be part of this Christian-based charity allows me to fulfil this calling and use my professional skills to support, nurture and help people grow, develop and remain safe. I’m passionate about equipping women to live healthy, independent lives and finding strategies to support them to reach their full potential. I’m excited to support our beneficiaries to grow and develop, enhancing their mental and physical well-being.”

Bev is available Monday and Friday
10am – 4pm

Contact Bev on: 07931252282

deputymanager@waterlilyproject.org.uk

Caroline Thomas

Jacquie Holt

Support Worker

Jacquie is married to Colin; they have two daughters and three grandsons. Prior to moving to Christchurch in 2014, she lived in London in the house in which she was born. Her previous job experience has been varied and included working on the BBC TV programme Blue Peter, a local physiotherapy practice, teaching English to Japanese ladies, her last job before moving to the coast was as a supervisor at NSPCC ChildLine.

Jacquie is available for 1:1 support work
Mondays
9:30am – 4pm
Contact Jacquie on:
01202 246763 ( regularly monitored answerphone when no-one available)

support@waterlilyproject.org.uk

Caroline Thomas

Tracie Billington-Beardsley

Part time Marketing Assistant 

Tracie has over 20 years experience in the media, having worked as a journalist for local newspapers including the Bournemouth Echo and Southampton Daily Echo where she was Woman and Lifestyle Editor, responsible for female-related features and news items as well as penning her own weekly column. She also worked for IPC Magazines on a number of national titles. She has worked in local radio, television, marketing, advertising and PR so brings a huge amount of media experience to her role.

Tracie says: “I’m delighted to be working for such a worthwhile charity and keen to help raise its profile and make sure more people get to hear about the great work going on here at Water Lily.”

Tracie is available Tuesdays 

Contact Tracie on:
marketing@waterlilyproject.org.uk

Tracy White

Anne-Marit Taylor

Café Volunteer Supervisor

Anne-Marit is from Norway but has lived in the UK for over 30 years. Anne-Marit joined us in February 2020 and has amazing cooking skills.  She loves making waffles and hopes to introduce the ‘Water Lily Waffle’ soon. 

The cafe is open Monday – Friday 10am – 1:30pm

Contact Anne-Marit on: 
07949 553947
cafe@waterlilyproject.org.uk

Caroline Thomas

Megan Holdcroft

Support Worker

Megan is a single mum of two sons, who are now young men. She is a Christian with a passion for helping others.  She began volunteering at the Water Lily Project in November 2018 then became a Support Worker in January 2019.  Megan’s background includes; 16 years as a Nursery nurse, 12 years supporting pupils at a Junior school and four years as a move on coach working in refuge and outreach services for women, who had been victims of domestic abuse and supporting young care leavers in assisted living settings. 

Megan is available for 1:1 support work
Tuesdays
10am – 12:30pm
Friday 10am – 2pm

Contact Megan on:
01202 246763 ( regularly monitored answerphone when no-one available)

support@waterlilyproject.org.uk

Caroline Thomas

Anita Dalkin

Support Worker

Anita moved to the UK from America when she married her husband Gary in 2002. She is a Christian who has a heart for supporting vulnerable women and brings a huge amount of experience to her role, having worked with refugees and migrants. Anita is also a talented artist and is keen to help people through her creative talents.

Anita says: “Having studied cross cultural studies and psychology, I became a Support Worker for the Women and Families department at International Care Network, supporting refugees and vulnerable migrants. I feel this experience stands me in good stead to help women from all backgrounds, faiths and nationalities.

My favourite hobbies include water colour painting and fossil hunting along the beautiful Jurassic coast. I am always looking for ways to enable people to express themselves and tell their story through art.”

Anita  is available for 1:1 support work
Thursdays
9:30am – 2.30pm

Contact Anita on:
01202 246763 (regularly monitored answerphone when no-one available)

support@waterlilyproject.org.uk

Caroline Thomas

Amie Coates

Support Worker

Amie joined The Water Lily Project in 2021 as a support worker. She brings a great amount of counselling experience to her role. Her background is primarily in helping support children and young women, providing counselling services in secondary schools and working as a teaching assistant. A Christian, Amie is a long-time and active member of St Mary’s Church at Longfleet in Poole.

Amie says: “Lockdown was a changing point for myself and I realised that in a time of national crisis, I wanted to use my counselling skills to greater use within the community. God helped guide me in my decision to seek a new role and I am so thankful to be working for The Water Lily Project to help women rebuild their lives as we come out of the Covid pandemic.

Amie is a mum to three young children and as well as her support worker role here at The Water Lily Project, she is in the third year of studying for an MA at Moorlands Bible College. She also runs her own private counselling practice and is a member of The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Amie is available for 1:1 support
Wednesdays
9.30 – 3.30pm

Contact Amie on:
01202 246763 (regularly monitored answerphone when no-one available)

support@waterlilyproject.org.uk

Supporting and Empowering Vulnerable Women in Christchurch and the Surrounding Areas

Women helped

£ Raised

People fed

We’ve Raised over £30,000 in the past year to Help Vulnerable Women in Christchurch and the Surrounding Areas

We are so grateful to all of the volunteers, local churches and individuals who have helped us raise this amount of money this year.

Particular thanks goes to the Big Lottery @TNLCommunityFund who awarded us a grant of £10,000, Lloyd’s Bank Foundation who awarded us an Enable grant of £15,000, Dorset Community Foundation who awarded us £2,300 with the help of Comic Relief funding. Co-op who awarded us a grant of £2,145.87 to redecorate our IT Suite.

We could not do, what we do, without your help.  THANK YOU!

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If you would like to find out more about The Waterlily Project and/or get involved, please contact us and we will be happy to chat at any time.

131 Barrack Rd, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 2AW

Call Us: 07743 719063 (Manager) or 07507 890116 (Support Worker)