Meet the Team

Jennifer Wyman

Founder

Director & Manager

Early Years Educator, Emotional Literacy Trainer & Speaker

Nikki Webster

Director & Senior Mental Health Lead

Mental Health Nurse

Clinical Supervisor & Mental Health Trainer

As an experienced early years educator and nanny, I've worked and studied within child development for over 22 years, discovering emotional literacy through my role. 


​The more I utilised emotional literacy the more I saw the impact at home, in school, and how it has a positive impact on every child; that's when I founded Bridge the Gap. 

I still love working with children and teaching them about emotions and mental health and I also love to support parents and build a good relationship with them through both 1:1 coaching and when running the parent course and workshops.

On a personal note, I have two children (18 and 12) at home with myself , my husband, and an anxious rescue dog called Ruby. I love musicals and sea turtles (as of yet haven't found a combination of the two) and have experienced both crippling childhood and adult anxiety over the years. Founding and developing Bridge the Gap is a vocation and I am committed to making a difference to the children in my city and beyond.

*Jennifer is also available for private parent support sessions. If you have concerns over tantrums, sleep or behaviour in  the early years then you can contact her here.

I am a qualified mental health nurse and have training in Behavioural Family Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I have also worked in residential schools for children with autism. I have 13 years’ experience in working with adults and young people in the field of mental health and I am shocked that each year there are more and more children coming into contact with mental health services.

I am so passionate about the need to deliver evidence-based emotional literacy and mental health awareness to our children. Not only because I believe that there is a current crisis in the area of mental health but also to simply support children to develop effective self-care and management of their emotions so that they can go on to live a fulfilled life!

 

I am thrilled to be a part of Bridge the Gap Child Mental Health in delivering this much needed work, across our city and beyond.

A little about me: I live with my husband and my two children (7 years and 5 years). I love everything outdoors, whatever the season and we are regular campers! I think it is so important to find time to relax and my favourite way to do this is always with a book.

Laura Adamson

Community Mental Health Practitioner

Occupational Therapist &

Clinical Supervisor

I have worked as an Occupational Therapist for the past 12 years with a core aim to provide high quality holistic care. 

 

I currently work within the NHS as a senior therapist at the Pulvertaft Hand Centre.  I have an interest in the relationship between the physical and mental health and the combined impact on recovery; applying research evidence to everyday activities. Previously working with acute mental health settings has shaped me as an individual and as an Occupational Therapist.

There is currently a crisis in children and young people’s mental health.   Young people deserve to have their needs met and support provided in ways individual to them.  Emotional literacy enables young people to understand and express their feelings; taking control of their own mental health and well-being.

Working for the Bridge the Gap Project enables me to empower young people to become emotionally literate, content, with a greater sense of confidence and self esteem, which  in turn will result in them becoming  resilient adults; I’m not sure there’s a better job!

Outside of work I enjoy being with my husband juggling family life and a never ending house ‘fixer upper’! spending time outdoors,  and we love to go on holiday.  I am a keen, if not successful baker and use this as a way to relax!

Angela Griffin

Community Mental Health Practitioner

Mental Health Nurse &

Clinical Supervisor

I have been a qualified mental health nurse for over 10 years. During this time I have developed a wealth of experience in person centred, recovery focussed and compassionate care.

 

I have a strong holistic approach to positive mental health and wellbeing. I manage a project called Hannah Fields which is a community garden aimed at supporting peoples wellbeing through combatting social isolation and reconnecting us to our natural environment.

I am passionate about supporting our young people in what is an ever increasing challenging environment to grow up in. I am thrilled to be working with Bridge the Gap and look forward to the opportunity to contribute to such a vital service. As both a parent and professional I have seen the need to provide our children with the support and guidance to be able to lead secure and fulfilled lives.

I love spending time with my family and have two children, aged 15 and 18. I enjoy spending as much time in nature as possible, whether its growing food, planting trees or just relaxing!

Jan Bayliss

Volunteer

Email Marketing Manager

Jennifer and her team provide a valuable service in and around the Derby area – supporting parents, children and schools in building knowledge and skills to deal with children’s mental health.

 

There’s no other service like Bridge the Gap and families can sometimes wait for extended periods to get help from the NHS. Jen and Nikki  need to spread their time and message to help people in need – but time is short. That’s why I’m excited to join the team as a volunteer – to free up some of their valuable hours so that they can do what they do best.

 

I put the newsletter together as well as meeting and greeting at drop in sessions when I can.

 

I’ve got my own experience of supporting a child through anxiety – and I couldn’t do it without Bridge the Gap.

 

Jennifer and Nikki have plans to move this organisation forward and that’s why I’m excited to be a part of the team.

Clive bentley

Volunteer

Online Ambassador &

Workshop Support

Originally from the North East of England, I have lived in Derby since 1990. I have been married to my wife Jo-Anne for 19 years and have two teenage children. A keen cyclist and football supporter I celebrated a milestone birthday this year!

Currently working at Wyndham Primary Academy supporting a wide range of children in an Attachment aware, Trauma informed setting and 'Outstanding' mainstream school.

 

There is so much more work to be done in our schools as well as teaching. I am working in a newly developed role bespoke to our school under the banner of Emotional health and Mental well being, coaching our children to be able to grow and learn safely and effectively while being able to understand and talk about their emotions, creating strategies for times when they can't.

I am super excited to be working with two professionals  as respected as Jen and Nikki and I'm passionate about supporting Bridge the Gap develop their services and expand their reach further into the communities that so desperately need supporting.

Jennifer Wyman     CYPW 3 (TCC) Birth to 19 Years (500/8887/7)

                                NVQ 3 Early Years Care and Education

                              

Nikki Webster       BSC Degree Mental Health Nursing (Derby University)

                               Clinical Supervision and Mentorship (Nottingham University)

                               Foundation and Fundamental Skills in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Greater Manchester University)

                               Advanced Cognitive Therapy (Greater Manchester University)

                               Behavioural Family Therapy (Meridian)

Laura Adamson    BSc(hons) Occupational Therapy(University of Derby)

                              The principles and skills of para-medical skin camouflage techniques. Graduate Diploma. (British Association of Skin                                                    Camouflage)

                              Introduction to Counselling (Derby college)

 

                              Professional Memberships:
                              RCOT (Royal College of Occupational Therapy)
                              HCPC (Health Care Professions Council)
                              BASC (British Association of Skin Camouflage)
                              BAHT (British Association of Hand Therapy)

Registered company number: 12191993

Office 6, College Business Centre

Uttoxeter New Road

Derby

DE22 3WZ

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