Yellow Trousers CIC Company No: 7323424 is a social enterprise which promotes mental and social wellbeing. We work with partners to fund, develop and deliver positive and creative interventions to improve the life chances of people experiencing mental distress or social hardship. While advocacy can be important we recognise the role of individual responsibility and aim to help people develop insight and understanding to help themselves.
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To create a sustainable and credible social enterprise which makes a difference to mental and social wellbeing.
• Develop programmes of creative interventions eg music, art, horticulture, meditation, mindfulness.
• Promote awareness and insight through training and the dissemination of useful information.
• Assist in the development of effective outcome and impact assessment.
• Provide advocacy where it helps further the cause of people disadvantaged by mental distress.
• Develop effective partnerships to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of like minded services.
• Raise finance through fundraising and enterprise to develop the activities of Yellow Trousers CIC and its partners.
• Offer creative and innovative solutions
• Are outcome focused
• Value lived experience in the engagement of people who work for us
• Endeavour to make working with us a positive experience
• Will do the best we can in all our activities.
“Know yourself. Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful”.
( Ann Landers )
Yellow Trousers CIC recognises that there is no being without wellbeing. Underpinning our work is the Satellite Model of Wellbeing illustrated below. Mental wellbeing is affected by a complex mix of factors such as relationships, work, social status, physical health and physiology. Conversely, the way we think about ourselves and view our life circumstances affects our mental wellbeing. In developing our work we;
• Acknowledge the value of insight and lived experiences
• Accept that one shoe doesn’t fit all
• Aim to help people help themselves
• Support an holistic approach to the prevention and recovery from mental distress
• Recognise the value of evidence based practice & the relevance of the narrative
YELLOW TROUSERS CIC ADVISORY BOARD
Michael Lake (Director)
Michael has been interested in mental wellbeing for many years as a consequence of his own personal experiences and those of important people in his life. He started out in leisure research before working in a number of senior positions in Public Sector Leisure Services. His most rewarding engagements however have been developing business and bid writing for local charities. He is a qualified Project Manager and experienced fundraiser having raised in the region of £12 million for varied community projects.
Chris is an entrepeneur, gigging musician and the owner of Right Track Music School. Righttrack has been established for 5 years and offers music tuition at all levels to anyone with an interest. This Directorship reflects a desire to support the development of activities especially music based to those disadvantaged by mental distress and/or social hardship. Chris is a keen supporter of youth based music events such as the Create Music Festival held annually in Ashford.
After completing 3 years training at LABAN, Nina went on to form Loop Dance Company. In ten years as Artistic Director of Loop, Nina has worked with many well know choreographers, creating and delivering community dance projects. Nina also works as a freelance choreographer, teacher, and dancer. She has taught many dancers at a variety of levels and ages, was artistic director of Medway Youth Dance Theatre from 1993-2002 and is currently a faculty member at Roehampton University and Canterbury Christ Church University.
Phil is an financial entrepreneur. He spent ten years at GMAC Commercial Finance as European Sales and Marketing Director. In 2010 he decided to go it alone and set up Alcyon Financial which is a multi million pound private equity backed lending institution. Alcyon Financial provides financial support to business across the UK. Phil is backer of good social causes.
Mark has spent most of his working life in senior positions within the Public Sector. He is currently the Head of Cultural and Project Services at Ashford Borough Council. He has excelled in all areas of his life and maintains a positive outlook whatever the circumstances. Notable amonst his many sporting achievements was the winning of a Commonwealth Games bronze medal for swimming.
Dr Tony Parker
Tony qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 1986. For 8 years he specialised in Adult Mental Health Psychology within the National Health Service fulfilling a number of clinical roles. He entered full-time private practice in 2004 and maintains a strong interest and active role in the provision of cognitive behavioural therapy training and facilitates regular courses for occupational health professionals, general practitioners, and psychological therapists.
Abegail is a Librarian/Archivist and guest poetry editor at The New Writer magazine. Her collection How to Pour Madness into a Teacup was shortlisted for the Forward Prize Best First Collection and her work appears in anthologies and journals. She enjoys running poetry workshops.
She can talk forever.
He does not have that long,
there are people,
They are not her business.
He wears yellow: odd,
he has not worn it before.
It does not suit him.
He is not quite there:
his head is outside
with his yellow trousers
in the park perhaps,
or a coffee shop.
His sleeves rub the table,
dirty at the cuff.
How to Pour Madness into a Teacup, 2009 Cinnamon Press 978-1-90709-000-4
Shortlisted for the The Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection in the Forward Prizes 2010