The team consists of:
Sharon Bull is the founder and director of Compassionate Voices CIC. Registered in July 2019, the charitable organisation has already helped hundreds of women during the pandemic period.
Also the author of Stripped Bare and the creator/facilitator of the highly recommended The Power OF YOU, This Is ME and the upcoming Because You CAN Workshops, Sharon has always been passionate about helping others. She kept her lived-in experiences with mental health issues hidden for over thirty years. This included depression, anxiety, low self esteem, addiction and debt. Sharon now believes our shared life-stories can help others in similar situations. This ethos is behind all her work and the Compassionate Voices Community.
Sharon is also a huge animal lover and decided to live a vegan lifestyle in 2014. Her favourite charities being Animals Asia and Woodland Nook Cat Rescue.
Mandy Kennell was appointed a Director of Compassionate Voices CIC on the 27th September 2021. Her passion for The Power of YOU Workshop and its ethos has been an inspiration to other women. Having attended the wellbeing & empowerment programme herself in 2020, she was soon a very proactive member of the team.
A talented artist, has had her fair share of tragedy over the years. Her fiancée passed away at 32 years of age, her second born James, she cruelly lost to cot-death and more recently her eldest son Martin to suicide just 5 weeks into the first lock-down
Mandy is a truly spirited soul and although struggling with fibromyalgia, PTSD, agoraphobia and depression, she still manages to lift the members of our Compassionate Voices Community with her art classes
Sylvia Porter has worked in various community development roles in Nottinghamshire for the past 15 years. Prior to this, she lived in Ireland for 4 years and qualified as a badminton coach, developing community badminton in County Galway as a stay at home, Mum raising two daughters. Before relocating to Ireland, she worked full time as a Business Studies teacher for 12 years in Lancashire.
The Power of You workshop came to Sylvia when she was at a crossroads in her life. She wasn’t sure which direction to take and how to manage the change. An enthusiastic and extremely active member of the community, Sylvia was appointed secretary on September 27th 2021.
“I can honestly say that this was a life changing experience for me with the supportive group of ladies I have met. It has been wonderful to connect on-line, given all the changes that Covid has made in the way we conduct our daily lives during lockdown. I am proud to be a part of the Compassionate Voices and The Power of You Tribe!!”
Caron Kirkham’s passion is working on herself and with other people to improve and maintain mental health and wellbeing. She has been lucky to have spent the last thirty years doing just this in her role as a counsellor, teacher, coach, community development worker and currently as a mental health first aid instructor. Caron has worked on some brilliant projects and met some amazing people.
“I am looking forward to continuing that journey as part of the team and Compassionate Voices.”