Meet the Team
I’m Andrea, Project Coordinator for the recovery college, and will most likely be the first person you speak to when you contact the college.
I am responsible for coordinating the communications and administrative systems for the college, as well as arranging, publicising, and managing bookings for our courses.
My background lies mainly in HR advisor and coordinator roles where I had a particular interest in employee wellbeing.
In my spare time I practice yoga and pilates, and love taking the time for walks with my dog and my family, I take a holistic approach to wellness and am passionate about nutrition and cooking.
I am delighted to be able to combine my professional skills with my passion for wellbeing.
Hi, I’m Lyndsey Wiseman, one of the Peer Support Workers for NRC.
My background is in Education, I’m a qualified teacher & my last role was as a pastoral Head of Year for over 5 years. Before I retrained as a teacher I was Buyer & I’ve even been a holiday rep, so a varied background!
In my spare time I can usually be found sea dipping down the coast and more recently I have developed a love of park runs, if you had asked me a year a go if I could run 5k, I would not have believed you! I also love meditating, journaling and spin classes.
I suffered with undiagnosed depression and anxiety for many years and struggled to cope in healthy ways. After diagnosis I accessed a variety of support groups that introduced me to the importance of wellbeing, self care and connection. I’m proof that connection and peer support has a positive impact on individual lives and it’s the main reason I have taken on the role of peer support worker for NRC. I have a passion for being able to help people who have struggled with Mental Health difficulties and feel NRC is a wonderful resource for individuals who have. I look forward to meeting you soon if you choose to become involved!
Hi, I’m Claire Baigent, one of the Peer Support Workers for Northumberland Recovery College. I’m originally from Yorkshire but recently moved to Alnwick with my husband and three sons. We are enjoying getting out onto the beautiful beaches and exploring the countryside, and we are all thrilled to be living so close to the real life ‘Hogwarts’!
Following the birth of my children I had postnatal depression and perinatal anxiety which led to me attending Peer Support groups through my local perinatal team. After experiencing first-hand the benefits of peer support, and becoming involved with The PANDAS Foundation, I was then employed by a local charity to set up and facilitate several peer support groups for families going through perinatal mental health issues across South Yorkshire. I’m looking forward to getting out into local communities and setting up some exciting and inspiring activities with Northumberland Recovery College.
In my spare time I love writing letters and journals, getting out into the garden and watching live music.
We host a range of physical and virtual events across Northumberland