The Butterfly signifies change and growth through perseverance and struggle, but the butterfly does not know this, it just has its purpose and carries on instinctively. Once we find our purpose, life becomes less struggle and more instinctive flow. If we dream and believe, we can achieve.
We are a Scottish charity, established in 2012 due to a recognised gap between exclusion and access to health services within North Lanarkshire, in particular for individuals who are marginalized. Our aim is to improve the emotional and physical health and wellbeing of individuals and communities in North Lanarkshire. We provide affordable, accessible and inclusive weekly health and wellbeing activities in a number of community based centres that are based in areas of North Lanarkshire where multiple deprivation exists. We also provide Volunteer and Training programmes aimed at individuals who have a number of support needs and are marginalised and disadvantaged in some way (e.g learning, physical disability, long term health condition, mental health issue etc). We operate as a Social enterprise too and provide a number of services including health and wellbeing programmes, personal development training courses, classes and therapies to organisations and community groups.
Our Vision and Values
Our Vision is that individuals in the communities in which we serve can have the opportunity to grow, develop and realise their full potential, creating healthy, strong, resilient and empowered communities in which everyone is of equal importance.
Our core values are equality, inclusiveness and empowerment, particularly, for the most vulnerable in society. We value and care for people and we are driven by a belief that everyone deserves the right to a fair and equal chance to reach their full human potential.
Our Board Members
Lee Samuel (Chairperson)
Lee Samuel has currently worked in NHS Lanarkshire for 9 years as an Occupational Therapist. She works in the Community Mental health Team in Motherwell area, working with people ages 16-
Her main working role is to increase an individual’s level of independent function through participation in meaningful activity. Looking at an individual holistically and building on their skills in a graded manner. Lee is very supportive of the Hubs vision, as she recognises that improving a person’s weekly structure and routine through purposeful activity has a positive impact on both their physical and mental well-
Colin joined the Board of Trustees in April 2017. He has worked in the third sector since 2001 and brings a background in autism, disabilities and carer support. He is currently Carer Resource Worker for Lanarkshire Carers Centre, overseeing the Carer Support in North Lanarkshire and the pan-
Alan Murray is a Lecturer for Business and Enterprise at the University of West of Scotland. Alan teaches a range of enterprise and business modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level. He has over 10 years’ industry experience as a business adviser and consultant delivering business and enterprise support services for Business Gateway. In this capacity, he helped over 1000 clients set up and develop their businesses across all sectors. Alan was also a Regional Manager with PSYBT; a leading, national business support organisation which assisted young people to start and develop their businesses in Scotland. Alan also is an experienced entrepreneur in his own right having run his own adventure recreation business since 1999.
Craig Tobin is Project Manager for Macmillan. Craig currently leads a Macmillan team to establish and implement Macmillan projects aimed to improve access to cancer information, support and physical activity in libraries, leisure facilities and a range of community settings across North and South Lanarkshire. Craig has a history of building strategic partnerships having led on the development and engagement for all Macmillan services in Glasgow. In his spare time Craig enjoys keeping fit and sketching.
June has over 30 years’ experience in the voluntary sector working in organisations providing social care and advocacy services to people with mental health and learning disabilities. She has a social work qualification and over 20 years’ experience in senior management roles. She is currently the Quality Development Manager for ENABLE Scotland, an Associate with inControl Scotland and an Executive Coach. She has a passion for supporting people who face challenging life experiences develop their resilience and gifts. She volunteers at Barlinnie Prison where together with her dog she provides a weekly Therapet visit to men who are particularly vulnerable.
Our Staff Members
Ayeshah Khan -
Ayeshah is the Founder and Director of The Health and Wellness Hub. Having worked in the Third Sector since 2002, she was driven by her passion in the empowerment and growth of people, to set up an organisation that really connects at a grassroots level with individuals, particularly those who are marginalized from society, to help them realize their full human potential. Ayeshah currently splits her time between The Health and Wellness Hub, running yoga classes for the community and sessions for the public and third sector and running her own training and consultancy business. Ayeshah is driven by her strong values and is committed to The Health and Wellness Hub's vision, to make a real difference to people's lives.
Leanne Ross -
Leanne has a background in care and has a degree in Public Relations. Leanne joined the hub as a volunteer early 2015 because she had mental health issues and felt volunteering would aid her recovery. Leanne then trained in Reiki and massage and realised she had a passion for promoting inclusion within local communities. In October 2015, Leanne moved into employment with the hub as a Development worker. This role fulfils Leanne’s ambition of helping to develop volunteers within the hub or into employment.
Collette Donald -
Collette has over 15 years’ experience in the private sector. After becoming a mum, Collette knew that she wanted a change of direction and wanted to go into a role where she could help others and work in an organisation that could really help make a difference to people. Collette started volunteering for another charity helping families in need, from working in this role she discovered the Health and Wellness Hub.
Collette became passionate about the services the Health and Wellness Hub provides and she knew that this was the type of organisation she wanted to contribute to. In August 2016 Collette became a staff member and is enthusiastic about the skill set she can bring to the Hub.
Claire McBride -
Claire started volunteering in October 2015 as she had suffered with mental health issues in the past. Claire was driven to volunteer as she had a passion for helping people going through similar issues and loved everything the organisation stood for. Claire was passionate specifically about the therapies and their impact on vastly aiding people's recovery. Claire having already qualified in level 1 and 2 in beauty therapy then completed training in Swedish massage, Indian head massage and reiki 1 and 2. In August 2016, Claire was taken on a placement through Community Jobs Scotland as a "Community Therapist" and now works with a variety of groups and individuals across North Lanarkshire.
Kelly Stewart -
Kelly has worked in the private sector for 15 years and has a lot of experience working with people from many different backgrounds. In the summer of 2015 Kelly struggled with low self-
Ashley McQuade -
Ashley started volunteering in August 2017, as she has suffered from mental health issues in the past and she recognised that volunteering was an opportunity to not only help others but to help herself. In October 2017, Ashley completed a qualification in Swedish Massage. In November 2017, Ashley was offered a 1 year placement through the Community Jobs Scotland initiative and is now employed by The Health and Wellness Hub as a “Wellness Coach” Ashley loves working with people from a variety of different backgrounds and helping them through similar situations to herself. Since she’s been involved with the organisation, Ashley feels her confidence has increased and she feels passionately about the services the hub provides and is looking forward to her ongoing work with the organisation.
We successfully launched our first project with a Community Health Fayre in August 2012, which was opened by John Pentland MSP and attracted over 100 members of the public.
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