My name is Liz Kendrick-Lodge and I have a background in, and a passion for, mental health. I am originally from South Africa and I have lived and worked in Jersey for the last 14 years. To look after my own mental health, I love to cook with my husband, run, read novels and travel.
What Job Do I Do?
My job title is Service Development Manager, which means that I am responsible for developing Mind Jersey’s services. I am passionate about ensuring that the voice of people who use services inform service development and delivery. I am a member of national Minds’ Children and Young Persons network group, we are tasked with developing the national strategy. Alongside my role at Mind Jersey I am a supply Lecturer for Counselling studies at Highlands College and I am employed as a National Trainer for Mental Health First Aid England.
Where Do I Work?
I work wherever I am needed. I have a base at Mind Jersey’s offices in Beresford Street as well as at the Bridge Child and Family Centre in Le Geyt Street.
When might you work with me?
If you are aged between 7-24yrs and you are experiencing a mental health problem I might work with you on a one to one basis or in a group setting. If you are a parent, I might provide you with guidance or signpost you to other support for your child. If you are an organisation or school, I might help you to develop mental health support and/or training. You might attend a training course that I facilitate, like Youth and Adult MHFA. You can personally request my involvement, or you can be referred by another service or a family member/carer.
What does a typical day look like in my job?
I wouldn’t describe any day as typical, which is why I love my job so much! Some days I might be running a group for 7-11-year olds in the morning and then working with a teenager on a one to one basis in the afternoon. Another day might involve supervising or supporting a member of staff to develop a wellness action plan in the morning followed by writing a funding application in the afternoon. Other days may be wholly taken up by planning and/or delivering training.
What do I like most about my job?
I love the flexibility of my job, the fact that no one day is the same. I love the fact that I can influence the direction of Mind Jersey’s services and make a difference to the lives of the people we support. I love working with people and seeing the impact of this work.