Lou B

Lou B

At a glance

Skills

  • Lecturing / public speaking
  • General management
  • Project management
  • Change management
  • Strategic development and planning
  • Research
  • Advice / advocacy
  • Mentoring / coaching
  • Social care / counselling
  • Training

Where

Based in London (East)
Will travel to London (Central), London (East), London (North), London (South), London (West), Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey, West Sussex
I would prefer to volunteer Mainly at home, mainly at the office, or will consider remote opportunities from across the UK.

Time

Either in or out of office hours

I have flexible availability, largely Mondays to Fridays, during the day and evenings.

Causes

  • Arts
  • Black, asian and minority ethnic groups
  • Children / families
  • Environment
  • Faith and ethics
  • Gardens and parks
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Men
  • Mental health
  • Museums / heritage
  • Social care
  • Sports
  • Substance misuse
  • Training / employment support
  • Voluntary sector support

Type of role

Ongoing role, Short term project, Trustee/Governor

About me

I have 14 year's experience working within social care and public health a range of NHS and third sector providers. This includes roles as a practitioner, manager and within business develop in services delivering support around health & wellbeing, behaviour change, mental health and substance misuse needs.

I have managed several large behaviour change services on a day to day operational basis including specialist NHS and third sector partnerships and universal community based centres. This has involved facilitating service user involvement, performance review and reporting, local authority, Public Health England and community stakeholder liaison.

I have worked strategically on service design, implementation, development and improvement and my latest role at Turning Point has been as part of a health & wellbeing business development team.

I recently completed a Fellowship with the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust travelling to New York and Toronto looking at innovations in supporting families affected by substance misuse. My dissertation and action plan has been accredited and has led to a family care planning pilot in substance misuse services across the UK.

I am a volunteer mentor for Arts Emergency charity looking at supporting young people in to further education.

I led on Turning Point achieving accreditation with the London Healthy Workplace across service in 3 London boroughs, supporting staff around continuous professional development, health and wellbeing and work / life balance. The services I managed achieved Investor In People accreditation and staff morale and development was commended in several Care Quality Commission inspections.

I believe in supporting all staff, peer mentors and volunteers with the same care and professionalism as service users and that supervision, training and personal development should be utilised to empower staff to achieve their full potential.

I am trained and experienced in supporting staff and volunteers through motivational interviewing, ‘train the trainer’, mentoring and coaching approaches to management.

I am a confident communicator and advocate of ‘plain language’ to ensure I reach people in a tangible and relevant manner. My years of client work, facilitating training, chairing team meetings and handovers, and managing staff has afforded me experience and skill in communicating with a vast and diverse range of people. I am comfortable communicating publicly at All Party Parliamentary Groups, at conference, lectures and forums and to local authority commissioners during performance reports and tender presentations.

I have supported regular and bespoke marketing and communication campaigns. I have recently been part of the implementation teams supporting comms and marketing strategies for a new sexual health service and a new substance misuse service spanning several London Boroughs. I have also developed bespoke advice and information campaigns aimed at supporting residents in London around Gay Pride, Notting Hill Carnival, World AIDs week, Mental Health and awareness week. For this I worked with community interest groups, clients, central and local comms teams, local authorities and partners to ensure strategies were delivered across a variety of platforms including digitally, community engagement events, publicity material and face to face presentations.

What am I looking for

I am interested in using my skills to support individuals and communities to improve both their health and quality of life through innovation. This includes an interest in mental health, social prescribing, therapy through nature, building cultural capital and improving access and use of community assets.

I am personally interested in the arts, nature and sports and how they can support inclusion.

I'm open minded as to how my skills and experience can be utilised and in what fields. I am gregarious by nature and am comfortable working remotely, in office and front facing environments.