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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

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


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:

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

Caroline Thomas

Megan Holdcroft

Lead 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. 

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

Caroline Thomas

Tracey Valentine

Support Worker

Tracey has lived in the Christchurch area for 35 years and is a mother of three grown-up children and Nanna to two grandchildren.

Tracey has always had a desire to support vulnerable woman and was able to develop that passion by becoming first becoming a Befriender volunteer with us here at WLP.

It was during this time that she had a clear vision that God was speaking to her to use her gifts to help others. She was able to fulfil this desire when a role as Support worker at Water Lily became available.

She says: “I’ve been overwhelmed at God’s timing and provision and was excited to be offered the Support Worker role here.”

Tracey brings to the team her skills in counselling and stress management and wellbeing, enabling her to skilfully provide the one to one support within the role.

She is excited to be part of our team to enable and empower women to independent living.

She is a member of Lansdowne Baptist Church.  In her spare time she is an enthusiastic marathon runner which she does to raise funds for charity.

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

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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Get in Touch. Get Involved.

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)