Eleanor Mason – Chair
Eleanor first got involved in the charity in 2019, when she ran a free crafting stall at some of the summer park Meets. Since then she has run crafting activities at Meets in the Castle Quarter. She became a Trustee in March 2020
Eleanor retired from teaching Business in high schools after twenty five years, and now runs her own crafting business. She and her family moved to Norfolk eighteen years ago so her children could be closer to their grandparents. She is passionate about improving mental health support to parents and children, having experienced her own family mental health problems, and after seeing the impact poor mental health had on the students she taught. Eleanor is part of Make It Mindful, who are currently involved in running a mental wellbeing project in schools and out of school groups. The project is aimed at providing strategies to children and young people, to help them improve their mental health via crafting activities.
Eleanor lives with her husband and two children, as well as a dog that behaves like a toddler and two disappearing cats. She loves reading detective novels, crafting and singing in choirs.
Elected to the Council in May 2019, Lucy is the representative for the villages in her local Parish, and is based in Happisburg. She is the Mental Health Ambassador for the Council, and the Liberal Democrat Group secretary. She is also Chair of the Governing Board at Happisburg CofE Primary School and Trustee of the Acorns Stay and Play Group.
A strong community advocate, Lucy is passionate about improving access to mental health support, and believe that it is essential to listen and work with local residents and service users to secure what is best for them.
Lucy has lived in North Norfolk with her son since 2011. As well as her extensive volunteer work, she is also a photographer – specialising in architectural documentation and abstract art.
Lesley was elected as a trustee following her retirement from a Norwich Charity in 2021, she has worked within the charity sector for many years. Lesley is passionate about mental health and runs a mental health/wellbeing course in Norwich. Lesley has been involved in helping people of all ages with post/pre-natal depression and trauma and in her previous role and came in contact with GMOTFW and the work they did. She believes every woman and man should have access to support in Norfolk when they feel alone and isolated at home after the birth of their children and if they are struggling with mental health issues.
Married, with 5 children (one of whom was a daughter who passed away in 2013) 9 grandchildren and also 3 cocker spaniels, with whom they do lots of walking with so life can be quite mad!
Originally from Hertfordshire and has lived in Norfolk for a long time. A keen interest in horses and an affiliated judge which can take her all over the country.
Zoe is the Executive Director at Norwich City, where she is responsible for overseeing and aligning the strategic direction of the Club. Zoe sits on both the Board and the Executive Team and is a trustee of the Norwich City Community Sports Foundation.
Zoe has worked in the football industry for over 20 years. She has a background in football regulation and player transfers and has gained a broad level of experience working at other clubs including Liverpool and Fulham as well as several years with the Premier League.
Zoe is passionate about improving the well-being of children and young people and loves creating opportunities for people to thrive. She is also a co-founder of the Summit Foundation and a trustee of the Yorkshire Young Achievers Foundation.
Dr Jo Hodgekins
Dr Jo Hodgekins is a Clinicial Psychologist and Clinical Associate Professor at Norwich Medical School at the University of East Anglia. Jo does research developing psychological interventions for people who have experienced severe mental illness, such as psychosis. Over the past couple of years, Jo has been leading a programme of work exploring how psychological approaches might be useful in supporting the recovery of women and families following postpartum psychosis.
Paul Kendall – Charity Manager
Paul joined the charity in August 2023, and is now in charge of the day-to-day management of the charity.
Carrie Dagraca -Publicity & Recruitment Co-ordinator
Carrie Dagraca joined the Charity as a volunteer Ambassador in 2016 following her struggles with postnatal depression and anxiety after the birth of her first child. She hosted meets all over Norwich, mainly in the NR3 area and started to help with recruiting volunteers shortly after taking on her voluntary role. Carrie later became a volunteer team leader for the Norwich area and dedicated many hours to hosting and organising several of GMOTFW large publicity events such as Christmas Fayres and the Annual Spring Ball. Carrie became a paid employee of GMOTFW in 2018, helping to increase coverage of Ambassadors across Norfolk and Suffolk and providing support at sessions. Carrie also developed the successful Castle Quarter Supporter sessions (formally Meets in the Mall) which are held within a local shopping centre and provides a one stop shop for parents who require support, to meet other parents and to connect with local services and organisations. Carrie is also the committee member for a local nursery and the Chair of the committee at a local primary school.
Prior to her employment with GMOTFW, Carrie spent many years working in hotel management for a large Pub company in Suffolk, and retail management in Norwich. Her years of work in customer service, staff recruitment and event management has provided her the effective tools to push forward with ideas and use every opportunity to the fullest.
Carrie was born in Bury St Edmunds and grew up in Thetford before moving to Norwich in 2011. She now lives in Hellesdon with her husband, her 2 children, Daniel (8), Annabella (6). She enjoys beach walks, quizzes and days out with the family at Banham Zoo.
Clair Gaudete – Peer Support Worker
I have been an ambassador for Get Me Out The Four Walls for 3 years. I have now been given the opportunity to work as the charity’s, new peer support worker.
For those who dont know me, I am a single mum of two. I have lived experience of low mental health, and was diagnosed with Complex PTSD and Depression, after the birth of my first child. This led to me spending 6 months in the MBU. 4 years on, I am now in a good place mentally, and have been able to use my past to help support others.
I have 2 years of experience as a peer support worker, (within a voluntary capacity) and a level 3 NVQ in advice & guidance. I really do enjoy supporting others, and hope that I can now help you and your family on your beautiful journey.