The start up of Compassionate Cuppa was with Ling (L) and Jane (R) together. We are good friends and are proud of what we achieved with setting this up. Thank you Jane for sharing this with me!
Then Compassionate Cuppa became a Community Interest Company, this was the time for Jane to reflect and review her role. While this step was very much with her blessing, Jane decided that her participation will be on an informal basis rather than a formal business role in the CIC.
Therefore as Compassionate Cuppa CIC moves forward, which Ling will continue to run this service in the community, with a Board of Directors.
Ling Salter - Wellbeing Mentor
Hello, I live in Chandlers Ford, Hampshire with my husband and 2 cats, Faith and Willow. My parents are also part of my household as we moved in together so that I can care for them in their senior years!
In 2003, I started in supported housing for adults with learning difficulties. Since then, I have worked with different groups that include substance misuse and the elderly, in various environments such as hospitals and prison. My particular interest is mental health, having trained and practiced as a nurse following the many years assisting people with mental health issues. I have also been involved in voluntary work: First Aiding for St John Ambulance and Advice Work for Citizens Advice Bureau. Listening and showing compassion goes a long way towards supporting people in their difficulties.
My interests include practising Tai Chi, Yin Yoga and meditation. I also practise Jikiden Reiki, to help people heal. My fitness hobbies include running (Couch to 5K) and Zumba.
I enjoy visiting Pewsey in Wiltshire, where I like taking walks with a good friend who lives there. Being outdoors amongst nature helps me rejuvenate.
All of these things, plus the love and support of friends and family, help me with my wellbeing. Using my life experience, professional knowledge and a deep sense of compassion, I would like to help people in their life journey.
Ling being interviewed by Anna O'Brien from Winchester Radio!
About the Directors of Compassionate Cuppa CIC...
Part of being a Community Interest Company (CIC), involves having a board of Directors that share Compassionate Cuppa's vision to 'Feel Better, Live Life Well'. This a big help towards helping Compassionate Cuppa CIC to achieve it's mission of improving the mental wellbeing for individuals through mentoring.
Sonya Collins shares nearly all our social media posts of Compassionate Cuppa! Together, we are advocates fighting to support individuals living with a disability. Sonya runs DAIS CIC, which helps individuals with forms such as Personal Independence Payments and Personal Health Budgets. Further information about DAIS can be found on www.dais.org.uk.
Kevin Jarvis is Compassionate Cuppa's business buddy! A man of great humour, he is been generous with his time and expertise. Kevin also helps charities and other small businesses with their accounting requirements. While Kev is boss, there is a team of them offering a range of services at www.thebookkeepingteam.co.uk.
Tim Underwood has been with Compassionate Cuppa since the start, providing the design and much of Compassionate Cuppa's branding. A close friend, Tim's advice has been invaluable. Book design is Tim's main profession.
Our Named Benefactor in the Community is...
Board in the City CIC (BitC) is a board game cafe in Southampton. Their activities are aimed around education and alleviating social isolation through creation and play. Furthermore, they provide employment and training opportunities to those that otherwise may not be able to access due their circumstances. More information on BitC can be found at www.boardinthecity.co.uk
Our Close Connections are with...
Rotary Social Innovation was like finding our tribe, that set the path of our social enterprise journey. The opportunities and connections with other social entrepreneurs has been invaluable. We are so proud to be a member, that we have recommended other social entrepreneurs to join up, which they have! More information about Rotary Social Innovation can be found on www.rotarysocialinnovation.co.uk.
We are based in Hampshire, it's a source of pride to be part of of this business network that has meetings in Southampton and online Made in Hampshire Networking and Events can be found on Facebook. This is such a welcoming and friendly group, certainly much recommended.
We are a business for social good, therefore proud to display this badge, issued by Social Enterprise UK when Compassionate Cuppa became a Registered Community Interest Company (CIC). More information can be found about our certification on www.socialenterprise.org.uk
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