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Meet The Team

The Wellbeing and Independence Network team is made up of several people from different backgrounds that make up a dynamic group all committed to their goal of helping a myriad of people achieve goals and become more independent.

Here you can read a little about them;



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Wellbeing and Engagement Worker

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Sarah - Wellbeing and Engagement Worker


 I started off my adult working life at Jobcentreplus in Wythenshawe where I was based in the community working with their harder-to-help customers. Following this I worked at Shaw Trust for 7 years. My role was supporting substance misusers and ex-offenders who were rehabilitating back into the community. I helped them access training, employment and housing. I worked very closely with the probation service, Greater Manchester Police, and particularly with prolific offenders in the Stockport area. After I adopted my 2 children I took some time out of paid work to focus on being a mum. I started volunteering in the kitchen at The Wellspring in Stockport, making meals for the homeless and vulnerable people who use their services. I was also a volunteer home visitor for Home-Start, providing practical help for families in crisis.
I was drawn to this role as I can identify with the challenges of parenthood, and I wanted to help others who didn’t have the support you need when raising a family in difficult circumstances. I have worked for Pure Innovations since 2016, firstly working on the supported employment team and now in my current role as a Wellbeing and Engagement Worker. I enjoy the diversity of my role and I love being able to help people improve their wellbeing. Social isolation and loneliness is a huge problem in Stockport and I’m proud to say that the WIN team is part of the solution.

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Wellbeing and Engagement Worker

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Lizzie - Wellbeing and Engagement Worker

Hi! I’m Lizzie Austin, I have worked for Pure Innovations for 9 years. 
When I first started at Pure I worked with the Mental health employment team, as a Monitoring officer.  I enjoyed supporting clients, and their employers,  to be able to sustain the clients paid employment roles.
I then added the role as Employment officer to my monitoring role.  This enabled me to work on a 1:1 basis with clients, supporting them to find and into paid employment roles that suited them.
After 3 years working on the Mental health contract, I moved to the Trafford Internship as a Senior Employment Officer.  This was a new Internship site for Pure.  
Working in partnership with Trafford College and Trafford General Hospital, our brilliant team, set up a classroom on site at Trafford Hospital & I sourced a variety of different work placements within & outside  the hospital.  On the Internship,  10 young adults with disabilities, completed an employability college course from September to June. To further improve their skills & as part of the course, they completed 3 different, 10 week work placements in the hospital and within local businesses.  With the view to gaining external paid employment at the end.
After three (enjoyable) years working  on the Trafford Internship I started working on our Wellbeing Network in Stockport, where I am today! Working with a fabulous team, on a variety of different community projects  & supporting  clients to be able to access their local communities.

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Welbeing and Engagement Worker

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Helen - Welbeing and Engagement Worker

My name is Helen Richmond and I am a Wellbeing and Engagement Worker on the WIN Team.
I have been part of the WIN (in the community) since it first began in 2015 and have been involved in lots of the incredible work that is delivered across the service.
Being a Wellbeing and Engagement Worker, I have my own caseload of clients that I work with, short –term, to explore opportunities, activities and other services that may be appropriate and beneficial to them in addressing current issues including social isolation.
I literally love to see that people are having a purposeful and enjoyable day and that individuals’ lives can be enhanced by offering information, support and guidance.



Marketing Assistant

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Fabien - Marketing Assistant

My name is Fabien, and i work for the WIN team as an assistant.
I edit the WIN website, run social media pages and help out at various groups.
I was a client of WIN and after they helped me i really wanted to help others too.
I have previously worked as a support worker for adults with complex needs and Autism for 9 years and in music for 10+ years.
I really believe in what the WIN team has to offer people and i'm really happy to be involved.

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Wellbeing and engagement worker

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Sion - Wellbeing and engagement worker

Hello, my name is Sion.
I am the newest member to the WIN (in the community) team.
I have been working for both The WIN and Stockport Homes Group as their Wellbeing and Engagement worker since August 2018. At Stockport Homes I sit within the Independent living team where I work closely with colleagues to support tenants with their wellbeing and engagement with the community. Prior to working for the WIN and Stockport Homes I worked at an extra care facility for vulnerable adults and have experience volunteering with refugees and asylum seekers.
I really enjoy my work and am passionate about supporting and empowering adults in Stockport to take part in opportunities within their local communities and believe everybody deserves the right to feel safe, confident and empowered to do so.

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Page last reviewed 13/01/2020