Running TCD doesn't just happen by magic and we have a highly dedicated and qualified team who make all of the community projects we run possible.
Rachel Walmsley, our charity founder has been offering dance/fitness therapy for over 25 years and has much experience of working with vulnerable groups including severe disabilities, learning disabilities, the elderly and more recently, girls who have experienced Child Sexual Exploitation. Her qualifications include IDTA for a number of dance genres, Paradance, England Athletics Run Leader, First Aid, Mental Health First Aid and ASIST (Assured Suicide Intervention Skills Training). She is also a qualified personal trainer.
Bex O’Gorman, our Safeguarding Lead, has a vast amount of experience of working with vulnerable groups including victims of Child Sexual Exploitation (male and female), social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, substance/alcohol misuse, mental ill health and learning difficulties. Her qualifications include NVQ L3 – Children and Young People, PGCE, Substance Abuse Misuse L3, Mental Health First Aid, ASIST (Assured Suicide Intervention Skills) and she is currently in the third year of a PhD at The University of Huddersfield researching CSE and protecting children from sexual harm.
Susan Naylor is our Chair of Trustees, Deputy Safe guarding officer and Luke's Mum. Luke was the reason Luke's Lads was created. After his tragic death in July 2018. She is passionate about helping other people with Mental Health problem. Making sure they are supported and that their journey does not mirror Luke's or her families. She has worked in a primary school environment for the past 22 years and is very experienced in safe guarding and data protection. She is committed to making our charity a success. Her main mantra is "We will make a difference"!!
As Chairperson for Timestep Community Dance and Lead Facilitator for Luke’s Lads, I’d like to introduce myself.
My name is Elliot Gorman and I was best friends with Luke Naylor but unfortunately Luke took his own life in 2018 after a battle with mental ill health. I have attended and passed the Mental Health First Aid and ASIST courses which will allow me to deliver a service that is beneficial to those attending. For someone like myself, who has experienced mental health issues, this is something I am committed to and passionate about. I hope that by sharing my experience, it will give at least one person the confidence, with support, to confront how they are feeling, not bottle things up and know that it’s OK not to be OK.
We, as a group, alongside Luke’s family are completely overwhelmed with the support we have received over the past year and it has truly confirmed to us that what we are doing is not only right, but absolutely essential. All money raised will ensure that the sessions remain free and beneficial to anyone attending.
Liam is one of the PT's for Luke's Lads and has 10 years as nutrition and biomechanics specialist,
He is a level 3 personal trainer
and top amateur UK bodybuilder.
'I have competed at a high standard for the past 4 years.
I have an extensive client base, ranging from everyday people to competitive athletes.
I love working with new people all the time. I find it very rewarding to see the progress and success of my clients and others I help coach.'
Reasons for joining the Lukes Lads’ team? Honestly, curiosity. Not in the sense to be nosey, more so to know what it mental health feels like to others. We are all affected in different ways when it comes to mental health. My curiosity was see what I could personally offer these gents through my profession and life experience.
It is a very rewarding position to be in to these guys progress not only physically but mentally. Truly inspiring for me to see them develop week by week.
Hi my name is Jim and I'm a Personal Trainer for Luke's Lads. I approached Luke's lads after I heard about their cause and I thought I have to be a part of this!
I've suffered from depression and anxiety in the past and I know how crippling it can be. I also know how valuable support and exercise is when dealing with mental health issues
Luke's Lads resonated with me so much and I know that what they do can be life-changing. So if you're battling demons, #dontbottleitup and come join us!