You may find Andrea tucked away in a garden cuddling a cat (particularly her cats, Puma and Makeeda), as she finds taking time out from people is really important to stay mentally healthy. Faith is also really important to her, and helps her to reflect on what is really important.

Andrea came to work with VITAL 14 years ago originally and then returned to us 5 years ago particularly drawn in by the fact that her own experiences of mental ill health and recovery were seen as an asset. She believes that everyone goes through times of distress when it is difficult to gather our thoughts and voice our needs. She wants to ensure that she can help people through that process where possible.

She is a great believer in enabling people to find and value their own strength.

If you are struggling with some knitting or crochet techniques or anything a bit crafty, give Andrea a shout!