Liz Wise - Director of Counselling, Facilitator of the Surrey and London Groups and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer.
I had severe PND after both my daughters and have been running the groups since 1992.
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Ruth Brownlow - Chair
I was fortunate enough to have The Cedar House Support Group recommended by a friend as where to turn to when, having developed ante-natal depression early in my second pregnancy, I was clearly still unwell following her birth. I had struggled to find support that helped but my first session with the group left me feeling I had finally found people who understood what i was going through. The groups helped my recovery beyond measure and i hope what i can achieve through my role on the Board will go someway to showing my gratitude. As Chair i want to support groups for as long and as widely as possible and to promote the need for better maternal mental health care.
Cortney Mcnelly - Trustee and Sectary
With the help of The Cedar House Support Group I was able to fully recover from my own PND and came on as a Trustee at the end of 2014/early 2015 followed by the role of co-facilitator in 2016 in London. As a trustee i attend quarterly meetings and help in the running of the charity with a large focus on fundraising. I also attend different events and workshops throughout the year to help gain information needed to run the charity and share information through speaking opportunities in different parts of South West London. I also volunteered in the creche at our Balham group before coming on as co-facilitator in Balham. As co-facilitator i help run the London group with Liz as we provide each lady with a safe, confidential and nonjudgmental environment whilst providing validation and gentle guidance through their PND journey's and recoveries.
Abby Brockett - Trustee
After suffering with PND after both of my children. I turned to The Cedar House Support Group which helped me through the darkest time in my life. I have now recently become a Trustee and i help with making decisions with the other board members as well as organise and support fundraising events.
Liz O'Donovan - Trustee & Safeguarding Lead
Having had a good experience as a first time mum, I developed PND after the birth of my second child. A postnatal doula i had contacted found The Cedar House Support for me. I knew from the first meeting that this group was special and Cedar House was invaluable in my recovery. When i was pregnant with my third child i developed antenatal depression and as my due date approached I contacted Liz who invited me to join the group. Again i found it an amazing support. This time i did not develop PND, and when my daughter was 9 months old I asked if there was anything i could do to help the charity. I recently joined as a trustee, to be involved with decision making and also support with fundraising. I have also taken on the role as Safeguarding lead.
Daniela Brown - Trustee and Co-Facilitator (Balham)
As a Trustee, I'am part of a wider team who are involved in the day to day running of the charity and i also support with fundraising. The charity was a massive support and help to me after the birth of my son and I am delighted to be able to help them continue their amazing work.
Tom Allinson - Treasurer
I've been with The Cedar House Support Group since January 2015 and my responsibilities involve anything finance related, be it paying in or paying out money and organising the accounts, I'm also responsible for the annual submission to the charity commission each year.
Kirsty Mitchell - Website Administrator and Designated Safeguarding Officer
I suffered with severe PND after the birth of my daughter in March 2016. I luckily found Liz and the charity after googling for support and i contacted Liz immediately. Liz and the ladies in the groups supported me through the most challenging and darkest part of my life and I couldn't be more thankful. I have organised 3 Fundraising quiz night events with the help of Abby, Liz and Liz's husband and each one has been a huge success. I joined the committee and I assist in making decisions in the day to day running of the charity and i also support with other fundraising events. I maintain and update the website and have recently taken on the role of Designated Safeguarding Officer, within this role i update our safeguarding policies and will be supporting with the training for all our staff and volunteers. i cannot thank Liz and the charity enough and want to continue to help and support them.