Emma - Chair

Hello I’m Emma. I have numerous jobs in the health care sector, all supporting individuals going through distressing experiences. I have done lots of travelling. I have worked with people with a range of backgrounds, abilities and ages. I love helping people, listening to their experiences, strengths and hopes and being a part of their journey. I am a fellow survivor and really do understand the effects such trauma can have on an individual. I’m a little crazy (but not too much!) and I love to sing all the time!!! (You have been warned) I look forward to meeting you all and supporting each other through our journeys. P.S I won’t be offended if you tell me to stop singing! 


Yildiz- Vice-Chair

Hey people! I'm Yildiz, I’m 20-something years old, and most people say they like me?! I'm an MSc Psychology graduate (but please don't let that put you off!). I've been volunteering and doing charity work for various organisations for over 4 years, and have been working professionally since summer 2013 with adults with mental health conditions and learning difficulties. I absolutely admire what I do, I'm fascinated with the world around me, how it works and how we humans function. What I do admire even more however, is unity. I take joy in being with and around people, learning from others, teaching them what I know and identifying. Another thing I treasure is sharing. Sharing hopes, strengths, struggles, knowledge, experiences, and, of course, chocolate!!! I'm very excited, nervous and inspired with RISE Kent and all it hopes to achieve! I cannot wait to see us RISE together, over and beyond what some people might call 'impossible'.


Helen- Activity Co-ordinator

Hello, I’m Helen. I have been in the craft industry for over 15 years. I have worked in a couple of craft shops and helped with card making classes. I had always enjoyed making cards and went to several day workshops to learn different papercraft techniques. I also attended trade Shows and learnt the business of running a shop. Sadly, my Dad died in 2001 but with part of my inheritance I decided to have my own shop, Craft buddies.
In the 10 years that I had the shop I ran classes for adults for 2, sometimes 3 evenings a week! I was asked to run classes at Nursing Homes, W.I, Church groups and for adults with learning 
difficulties. I also ran classes for children in the school holidays. I gave up the shop in 2012 but still give classes and sometimes one to one tuition in card-making and scrap-booking. I find crafting very relaxing and therapeutic. Being creative is calming and very rewarding. You don’t have to be an artist to get great results and have a sense of achievement.





RISE Kent provides a range of techniques with the aim of helping you through your journey.

Talking/ Listening

RISE Kent offers a safe, non- judgemental and hopefully comfortable place where you are able to share your experience and feelings with people who appreciate what you’re going through. Even if you do not feel comfortable sharing anything, just knowing you are with people who understand, can give you that sense of belonging that you may feel you have lost.    


Creative Arts

All the activities have been designed to help challenge low self-esteem, frustration and explore methods for relaxation. Not only can the activities benefit you emotionally, they can also give you a sense of achievement and potentially find a hobby you enjoy. We also think there pretty fun to do too!


Supportive Literature

All literature we provide is on a loan basis. Supportive literature can be very beneficial when feeling lonely. Supportive literature in the form of self- help guides and inspirational true stories can give you that understanding and identification when you’re not able to access the group, other services or when you feel you can’t talk to anyone. Self- help books can reassure you that what you’re feeling is perfectly natural for what you have gone through. True stories can help you see that things will get better, helping you to stay positive when you’re feeling particularly stuck.