Meet our team
Liz is married with two boys. She took a Psychology/Sociology BA Hons degree and then went on to do an Acupuncture Licentiate running her own practice from home for 5 years. She joined Friends International in 2009, as an Administrator/Hospitality Co-ordinator. Liz volunteered at the Water Lily Project for 6 months before joining as the Manager in 2017. 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’s working days are: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10am – 5pm.
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 on Mondays – 9:30am – 4pm
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Bev McKay’s career started in nursing. After a career break to bring up five children, she became a Mental Health and Wellbeing trainer consultant and coach. She is also trained in counselling and a tutor in mental health and wellbeing awareness courses as well as a qualified mental health first aider.
Bev says: “My decision to join 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. I’ve always been in professions where I’ve been able 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 the beneficiaries to grow and develop, enhancing their mental and physical well-being.”
Bev is available for 1:1 support work Wednesdays –
10am – 3pm
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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
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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
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 on Tuesdays – 10am – 12:30pm & Friday 10am – 2pm
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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 on Thursdays – 9:30am – 2.30pm
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Volunteering is a great way to become more involved in your local community and to gain valuable skills.
Supporting and Empowering Vulnerable Women in Christchurch and the Surrounding Areas
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.