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.
Video from the Founder & Director of The Health and Wellness Hub, Ayeshah Khan.
Established in 2012, the charity was set up from a belief that people living in North Lanarkshire regardless of health, disability or financial hardship, should be treated fairly and with equity and should have opportunities available to them which allows them to realise and achieve their full potential.
Since 2012 the organisation has been providing regular health and wellbeing activities in a number of community based centres that are in areas of North Lanarkshire where multiple deprivation exists.
It also provides an intensive volunteer support programme aimed at individuals in North Lanarkshire 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, long term unemployed etc)
The work the organisation does has a proven track record of improving peoples physical and emotional health and improving their life chances.
Video from our first Community Health Fayre in August 2012, opened by John Pentland MSP.
To create a relaxing, welcoming, non-clinical and therapeutic space that works for everyone.
In this safe space, we guide and support people through a holistic process that is healing for body, mind and soul.
We support people to experience a sense of belonging, which helps them to connect and re-connect with their best self.
Board of Trustees
Lee Samuel (Chairperson)
Lee has currently worked in NHS Lanarkshire for 12 years as an Occupational Therapist. She works in the Community Mental Health Team in the Motherwell area, working with people aged 16-65 years. Lee is now an advanced practitioner with a specialist interest in psychological therapies. She has a Postgraduate Certificate in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and utilises these skills in her daily working. Her main working role is to increase an individual’s level of independent function through participation in meaningful activity. She has a holistic approach in her assessment and aims to identify individuals’ roles, values, habits, routines and short and long term goals.
Lee is very supportive of the Hubs vision as she recognises that participation purposeful activity and having a safe, inclusive environment to develop has a positive impact on both physical and mental well-being. Lee values the impact holistic therapies can have on an individual’s wellbeing and has observed firsthand the journey from service user, to volunteering then paid employee. Lee believes The Health and Wellness Hub provides an invaluable service to our local community and she is will continue to support its growth and development going forward.
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 the founder and Manager for REACH Lanarkshire Autism overseeing the Family Support and Activities Services across Lanarkshire. Colin has an interest in Health & Wellbeing and is an advocate of its provision in relation to Carers. In his spare time, he enjoys walking, photography and travel.
Ann joined the Board of Trustees in January 2019. Working within the banking industry for over 40 years she then took early retirement in 2016 to look after her grandson. Ann decided that when he started school she wanted to use her wealth of knowledge and skills and start volunteering. Learning about the hub from her daughter In-Law she was very interested in the work they do within the community and knew she wanted to do more, an opportunity became available and Ann joined the board.
Ann is looking forward to her ongoing work with the organisation.
For the last 10 years, Martin has been working as a qualified money advisor, working with peoples who have debt issues and other varying personal issues. He currently works for Motherwell and Wishaw Citizens Advice Bureau in North Lanarkshire. Martin was previously a self-employed Martial Arts instructor. Martin has a degree in general science from the open university, having studied psychology and philosophy. Martin is married with two children, two dogs and a cat.
Martin first met Ayeshah Khan, the Founder in 2012 and started as a service user then a volunteer as part of his recovery from long term ill health. During this time he learned Swedish Massage & Reiki. Since 2012, Martin has been involved with the Hub in one way or another as he strongly believes in the charities ethos and the difference it makes in the local community. Currently Martin is involved with the charity as a Trustee and he continues to play a key role in the growth of the charity and its impact on the local community
Alison has worked on a voluntary basis for a number of years supporting various charities. She has been involved in fundraising efforts through sporting events and in her previous role, she was seconded to lead a large project for Healthy working lives. This led to her being even more interested in the positive impact this work could have on our physical and mental health.
When Alison’s kids were older she fulfilled a long term aim to give more back and became a volunteer counsellor with Childline for 4 years, offering emotional support to young people, she then trained as a Samaritan and on completion of the training she volunteered with them for a short time, working with adults. Unfortunately she resigned her position due to personal demands.
Currently Alison works full time as a mental health first aider in her current workplace and she is seeing first-hand the challenges Covid 19 is bringing to us all and it was in March 2020 that Alison found out about The Health and Wellness Hub. She was so impressed by the work it did in the local community, in particular during lockdown that she decided to be part of it in the hope she could add to what they offer. Alison joined our Board of Trustees in July 2020.
Our Staff Members
Ayeshah Khan - Director
Ayeshah is the Founder and Director of The Health and Wellness Hub. Having worked in the Third Sector since 2002, Ayeshah has witnessed first-hand throughout her career the inequalities that exist for many individuals who through no fault of their own are disadvantaged in some way. So it was with this passion that she decided to do something about it and in 2012 The Health and Wellness Hub was born! Ayeshah is very proud of the positive difference the organisation has made since 2012 and the many people it has supported in assisting them recognise and achieve their hopes and dreams.
Collette Donald - Operational Manager
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.
Pamela Smith - Development Manager
Pamela has over 20 years experience working in Community Learning and Development as a practitioner and manager, both in the third and public sectors. After her son was born she left CLD and spent a few years teaching yoga. This is how she first came in contact with the Health and Wellness Hub; teaching both her own private classes from the Hub as well as teaching sessions on behalf of the Hub. She is excited to be part of the Health and Wellness Hub and hopes that both her CLD and yoga experience will contribute to her new role.
Claire McBride - Senior Wellness Coach
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 - Finance Manager
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-esteem and anxiety following treatment for a health condition. Kelly went from being a strong-minded person to feeling emotionally vulnerable and weak but realised that by taking a more holistic approach really helped her recovery. In 2016, Kelly was sign-posted to the Health and Wellness Hub to aid her recovery further. Being totally unaware that this type of service existed, Kelly became really excited about the organisations ethos and knew she wanted to spend more time with the organisation. Kelly applied for a job advertised with the organisation and in August 2016 became part of the staff team.
Ashley McQuade - Senior Wellness Coach
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.
Norma Fagan - Senior Wellness Coach
Norma started volunteering in January 2015. Being a lone parent with an autistic son, she had given up a previous office job as she had no childcare. This led to depression, being socially isolated and low confidence and self -esteem. She joined a support agency and having an interest in holistic therapies, she found out about The Health and Wellness Hub. Since volunteering, Norma’s mood, confidence and self esteem have all improved. Norma is really passionate about helping others and in September 2018, she became employed with the organisation as a Volunteer Coordinator.
Maureen Todd - Senior Wellness Coach
Maureen started volunteering in 2017. Being a lone parent with 2 young girls, she found that when her youngest daughter started school she became really isolated and would hardly leave the house. Her mood became really low and she found she was sleeping all the time because of it. After 6 months of this, Maureen sought help and started attending one of the Community Health Hubs as a service user. She then started volunteering which started to lift her mood and increase her self -esteem. The more she volunteered, the more confident she felt in herself, which led to her feeling happier. In September 2018, Maureen became employed with the organisation as a Volunteer Coordinator.
Grant Henderson - Receptionist
Living with cerebral palsy, Grant has faced multiple barriers throughout his life. In June 2015, Grant studied at Motherwell College doing a Supported Learning course, which he finished in June 2017. Grant felt after completing the course that he wanted to move into employment and engaged with NLC Supported Enterprise. Grant’s Job Coach sign-posted him to The Health and Wellness Hub and after his first visit he knew this was the place to support him overcome some of the barriers he faced. In December 2018, Grant was offered the opportunity to be employed by the organisation through the Community Jobs Scotland initiative and in January 2019, Grant became a staff member and joined the organisation as its Receptionist.
Rachel Ferguson - Receptionist
Rachel joined The Health and Wellness Hub as a volunteer in August 2019 to boost her confidence and improve her self-esteem. Living with Autism and anxiety comes with its challenges, yet Rachel was passionate in helping others and using the skills she learned as a volunteer to improve her own health. In September 2019, Rachel was offered the opportunity of employment with the organisation and now works as one of our receptionists. Since Rachel has been with the organisation, her mental health has improved a lot and she now has much more confidence in herself.
Marie Bennett - Shop Mobility Supervisor
Marie’s working life began in retail which she had a break from when she got married and had kids. When Marie’s kids were older, Marie took up employment again and got a job as a support worker, of which she did for 7 years and then took on the Shop Mobility Assistant job in 2009. Marie loves working at Shop Mobility as it’s such a wide and varied position and she gets satisfaction from knowing how valuable a service it is to its users, as it gives them the independence to do things for themselves without having to rely on anyone else. In July 2019 Shop Mobility was taken over by The Health and Wellness Hub and this has given Marie the opportunity to continue doing what she enjoys but has also given her the opportunities to be trained in holistic therapies and other training which has enhanced her skill set further, which in turn has benefitted service users even more.
Susan Heard - Shop Mobility Assistant
Susan joined The Health and Wellness Hub in May 2017 at a time when she had been suffering from mental health problems brought by a brain haemorrhage. At Susan’s worst she couldn’t leave the house and was unable to live her life the way that she wanted to.
Susan had dreamt of getting better and being able to work and help others but this seemed too big a goal as she didn’t feel she would ever be able to do it, it was around about this time she came across The Health and Wellness Hub, who were looking for volunteers. Susan started volunteering and retrained in Swedish Massage as well as being trained in Reiki and numerous other courses. In July 2019, Susan was offered a part time job as a Shopmobility Assistant. Susan has learned that while helping others, she is also helping herself and her confidence has increased in leaps and bounds! Susan now has hopes and dreams and doesn’t just wish she could do something now but is actually achieving them. In January 2020, Susan will be begin a book-keeping course and is looking forward to progressing further with this.
Colin Edgar - Shop Mobility Assistant
After isolating himself from people for a few years due to depression and anxiety, Colin had no confidence in himself and found it hard to talk to people and socialise. After a few months of engaging with The Health and Wellness Hub, his nervousness and anxiety soon eased and he found speaking with other volunteers and service users really helped. Colin enjoyed doing massage which led to him being trained in Swedish Massage and Reiki and volunteered with the hub and also became a hub leader. Since Colin started with The health and Wellness Hub in 2016, his confidence and self-esteem have increased substantially and although his depression and anxiety can still get the better of him at times, he knows he has fantastic support and people he can talk to and share what he’s going through. In July 2019, Colin became employed part time with the Hubs new Shopmobility service and now works as a Shop Mobility Assistant, this has further helped Colin’s confidence as he is meeting new people all the time and feeling much better about himself.
Alana Watson - Shop Mobility Assistant
Bio to follow......
Sophie Smith - Receptionist
Sophie started working as a receptionist with The Health and Wellness Hub (through the Community Jobs Scotland initiative run by SCVO) in March 2020. Previous to this she worked with North Lanarkshire Council as a Modern Apprentice in the HR Dept. Sophie's tasks involved inputting information into an internal employee database, admin tasks relating to payroll (e.g time sheets, mileage claims etc) and answering employee queries via phone and email. In her role as receptionist with the Hub, she is utilising a lot of these skills whilst learning a lot about the charity and its users.