Julie joins the Board of Directors at Jersey Recovery College – a match made in Heaven
I’m delighted to have recently joined the board of directors at Jersey Recovery College (JRC), a community-based independent mental health charity. After meeting with Beth Moore, I knew that with my expertise in accountancy and providing financial advice, combined with project management skills and business acumen, I could make a real difference in ensuring that the college continues to grow from strength to strength in order to help support more islanders who are experiencing mental health difficulties. As well as my experience of having been in managerial positions for over 20 years within the finance industry, I have also taken both a personal and professional interest in mental health and emotional wellbeing. By attending numerous conferences and training courses on the subject matter, as well as having first-hand practical experience working with employees and clients to support and promote the importance of mental wellbeing, it has given me a great insight into the work that the JRC do and it’s inspiring to see and hear about the hundreds of students they have helped so far on their journey to recovery.
Giving Islanders a Clear Sense of Purpose When It Comes to Their Mental Wellbeing
JRC courses are open to people in Jersey who are experiencing mental health difficulties, as well as their relatives, friends, carers and the professionals who support them. They provide the opportunity to learn more about mental health, recovery and tools for managing wellbeing. ‘In UK recovery colleges, as many as one-third of all students are professionals supporting those with mental health difficulties who attend to further their practice, skillsets and personal wellbeing’[i]. All the courses are free, as the college believe that everyone should have access to knowledge and insights about mental health and supporting recovery.
Personal growth and change is a natural part of life. But sometimes we don’t know what we need to do in our lives to move forward, especially around mental health difficulties and recovery. Through sharing lived experience and education, the JRC gives people the strength and skills to manage their own recovery and achieve their goals.
“Julie brings valuable business know-how to the current board of directors at Jersey Recovery College and will be a great asset to the team. Her knowledge of accountancy and experience working within the finance industry for over two decades will be invaluable as we continue to grow and support others.”
Beth Moore, Recovery College Manager at Jersey Recovery College
Our Purpose in Business and Life
Being part of an organisation that gives both its employees and clients a purpose to work for us and with us is extremely important to me – it’s what gives me a sense of genuine satisfaction and reward on a daily basis. As you will be aware through our partnership with B1G1, a social enterprise and non-profit organisation that helps small and medium-sized businesses achieve more social impact by embedding giving activities into everyday business operations, the team at Purpose are committed to not only providing the best level of customer care possible to our clients, but to do this whilst helping to improve the health and wellbeing of others. By creating an environment that empowers our employees to perform at their best, whilst knowing that they’re making a difference to people’s lives, ensures that their emotional health is well nurtured, and their job satisfaction levels increased. As the late Steve Jobs once said, “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
If you’re interested in keeping up-to-date with the work of the JRC and my involvement with the charity, be sure to follow our blog and social channels for future updates. Feeling inspired by the team at JRC and want to find out how you can get involved? Visit their website for further information: http://www.recovery.je/ or drop the team a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.