Hi, I’m Nicky – Inside Out Cymru’s new Creative Wellbeing Coach. I’ll be working on an exciting project funded by Mind called ‘Women Supporting Women’.

My background is in holistic healthcare as a homeopathic practitioner and educator, although in recent years my main focus has been nurturing and facilitating change and growth in young people through my role as a foster carer. This opportunity to work with a diverse group of women utilising a wide array of creative activities to promote positive mental health and wellbeing is a privilege. One from which I know I will gain and grow as much as I hope to inspire our group members to do.

As a performance lover, I am particularly excited to be looking at ways we can use theatre, in particular forum theatre techniques, including devising and free writing, to encourage our group members to identify barriers and breakdown stigma associated with mental health issues.

Throughout this project my goal will be to ensure that every woman has the opportunity to access a creative outlet that is of individual relevance, and to ensure that as many as possible have the opportunity to take on peer support roles to keep the creative momentum going for many years to come.