Elysian has a registered Riding Establishment license and the license holder is Charlotte Williams, and the licence number is: LN/000006983
Part of our Ethos is that staff is our biggest and most important investment, and we have 10 designated training days for the full team every year (in addition to staff attending individual training). During 2021 our team have received training in Safeguarding (including specialist safeguarding for schools, SEN, Prevent/CSE, and other safeguarding courses) Fire Safety, First Aid and PDA. The whole team received training in MAPA and also completed a Level 2 Diploma in Equine Assisted Learning with Athena Herd. There has also been a range of other training attended by various members of our team, including Covid safety training and Food Hygiene level 1 and 2.
Charlotte is our Executive/Managing Director and a proprietor of the Elysian Education provision. She has worked in a variety of social care settings for many years, in many different roles. Experience has mainly focussed on children, young people and their families and particularly in the area of emotional well-being. Roles varied from working in an Early Years setting to working in and managing children’s homes, a ‘Family Specialist’ role and more recently managing a CAMHS Children’s Rights team for Surrey County Council. Many of these roles have included training, facilitation, management and supervision.
Charlotte has had horses most of her life and has many years experienced looking after her own and other people’s horses.
Charlotte’s qualifications are:
- Foundation Bsc Psychology and Counselling
- BA (HONS) Psychology and Youth Studies
- BA (HONS) Social Work
- Post Grad Cert Managing in Health and Social Care
- Post Grad Cert Critical Practice with Children and Young People
- Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
- Animal Assisted Therapy Level 3 Practitioner
- Certified Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAGALA)
- PRINCE2 Project Management Advance Practitioner
- Crisis Intervention Trainer, First Aid, Health and Safety level 2, Safeguarding, supervision and other relevant and certified training in health, social care and therapy areas.
- MA in Education and Leadership (2021 ongoing)
Dene is one of the Directors for Elysian, and one of the original founders. Dene has a wealth of experience in social care, spending many years working in children’s homes and for Surrey County Council Children’s Services, before starting Elysian.
Dene oversees Facilities (Westland Farm) and finance, he also supports the day-to-day operational activities at Elysian.
Dene has a Diploma in Social Work and a vast range of relevant training in working with children and young people. Dene started his social care career working in children’s homes, including therapeutic children’s homes specialising in attachment. He has also worked with a large range of needs and behaviours throughout his career, also working for a period of time supporting children and young people displaying sexually harmful behaviours and a range of other complex needs and presentation. Dene has also worked in a Children in Need team and an Assessment team as a Senior Family Support worker, for many years, with Surrey County Council, until 2015, when he left to focus on establishing Elysian. Dene enjoys fishing and outdoor activities, particularly football. Dene is currently completing a Masters in Education Leadership.
Julie is our Head of Therapies and Intervention. Julie is a Registered Social worker with a huge wealth of experience in a vast variety of settings, including working with Looked After Children, Child Protection and Mental Health. Julie is a passionate and highly committed practitioner who delivers work to a very high standard. Julie has worked with high risk, vulnerable children managing complex and challenging caseloads.
Julie believes in working creatively to meet need, and has an emphatic genuine approach to overcoming challenges for young people, enabling growth, progress and learning.
Julie’s qualifications are:
- 2018 Introduction to DBT
- 2017/2018 Post graduate level Guided Self Help CBT model
- 2016 Introduction to Mindfulness
- 2015 Coaching to improve performance
- 2012 Post Qualifying Award in Specialist Social Work (B pass)
- 2010 BA (Hons) degree in Social Work, First Class, Kingston University.
- 2007 Access to Nursing, Healthcare and Social Work Kingston College. (Pass with Distinction)
- 2005 Psychology ‘AS’ level (Grade B) Richmond Adult Community College.
- 1998 Childline Counselling qualification
Jo is our Head of Education and Learning at Elysian. Jo has a wealth of experience as an education leader, working with children and young people across ages and needs. Jo has previously provided Education consultancy to Elysian and becoming the Head was a natural choice, given her fantastic passion and experience that fits in very well with the Elysian Ethos.
Jo is a former SEN professional and Head Teacher and has always enjoyed “thinking outside the box”. She has 24 years of experience behind her and loves the unique therapeutic approach Elysian has to learning. Jo’s passion, knowledge and experience will continue to aid in the support provided to young people at Elysian.
- BA Education
Kath is our DSL, Family Liaison and Transition Manager.
Kath is a qualified teacher, with Head Teacher and significant management experience, who has worked across a range of educational settings and year groups and has been the designated safeguarding lead in schools, Children and Family Centres (CFC) and for Early Help working at Threshold Levels 2 and 3 on the Continuum of Need. Kath is accustomed to multi-agency and multi-disciplinary working through a range of roles in education and social care leadership, supporting vulnerable children and young people and their families
Recognising that the traditional education system is not always suitable for the current needs of young people, Kathleen likes to think “outside the box”, and sees the impact that animals can make on a young person’s life.
Kathleen grew up on a farm and has good knowledge and understanding of animal care. She loves the outdoors and has extensive equestrian experience.
Kath’s qualifications include:
National Professional Qualification in Integrated Centre Leadership
National Qualification for Headship
Master of Arts School Effectiveness and Improvement
Bachelor of Education (Hons.) Applied Education
Emma is our Occupational Therapist with a great deal of experience from her time with the NHS. She is a highly motivated and enthusiastic person who is committed to evidence-based practice. She is creative and skilled with experience in pediatrics and adult mental health .
Emma draws on her background in the arts to bring a creative approach to her work. She has explored the the approach and need for creative therapeutic interventions. Emma has been deeply impressed by the impact of animals for health and well being throughout her career.
- MSc Pre-Registration Occupational Therapy
- MA Text and Performance Studies
- BA (Hons) English Studies
Tima is our Day Coordinator, and supports children and young people as well as the staff day-to-day. Tima ensures children and young people’s day runs smoothly, that they feel safe and supports engagement.
Tima specialises in working with a wide range of complex, challenging behaviours. Tima has been working with young people with complex needs emotional and challenging behaviour for 15yrs. Her vast amount of experience, including working in a range of children’s homes where she has built up a great deal of knowledge and expertise in how to work with children and young people in a therapeutic, person centred flexible way, utilising effective communication skills with colleagues, outside agencies, children and families. Tima has an undoubtedly excellent understanding of the needs of young people.
Tima has PACE training and a range of other training such as safeguarding, first aid, Team Teach and football coaching.
Tima enjoys walking playing football and spending time outdoor.
Tima’s qualifications are:
- Diploma in children and young people
- Diploma in health and social care children and young people
- Level 2 Diploma in Equine Assisted Learning
Mim is a qualified teacher with background in Psychology, primary mental health care and children’s services. Mim has experience of using CBT based brief therapy with adults; leading group support for depression in adults; and many years experience supporting children under CAMHS in their education.
Mim is passionate about mental well-being and helping children to grow in confidence and drive their own learning. She has extensive experience in helping children with SEND, behavioural and emotional difficulties. In her spare time, Mim enjoys dog walks, horse riding and countryside photography.
Mim’s qualifications are:
- BSc Psychology Hons First Class
- Postgraduate modules in Primary Mental Health Care
- Graduate Teacher Programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status
Aimee is an experienced teacher with lots of relevant experience that benefits children and young people who come to Elysian. Aimee has excellent communication, listening & interpersonal skills, she has expertise in teaching & assessment of learning and a fantastic knowledge & understanding of child development. Aimee also has a great deal of experience of working with children with SEND including ASD, ADHD and anxiety, including delivering outdoor learning sessions.
Aimee also has lots of experience in teaching of & training staff in PSHE and mental health/well being best practice, curriculum development and the implementation of brief solution focused practice and the use of goal-based outcomes.
Aimee has also worked as an Arts Award Advisor, including delivering creative & arts projects/activities, and events management. In addition to working as a teacher in a variety of settings, Aimee has also had a number of Youth support roles, including a working as a Community Mentor.
- PGCE – Teaching
- Direct Text with Young People PGCert
- English and Drama BA (HONS)
Mary is an integrated therapist with expertise in the Equine Assisted Therapy field. Mary is compassionate, committed, professional and well-educated therapist using effective communication and relationship-building abilities to support vulnerable children, young people and adults. Skilled in establishing a strong therapeutic alliance and comprehensive experience in conducting therapy with children, adolescents, individuals, couples and families and groups in a variety of settings.
Mary has had a vast variety of therapy roles, from a being a school counsellor, horse assisted therapist, a drug and alcohol counsellor and a private practitioner.
She brings this hugely varies experience and knowledge to our children and young people, including facilitating HALT sessions (Horse Assisted Therapy and Learning).
- First Class BA Hons, Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy, June 2009
- Diploma, Person Centred Counselling, July 2002
- Certificate in Counselling Skills, June 2000
- EAGALA Equine Assisted Psychotherapy training Part One & Two
- Workshop with Human Equine Alliance for Learning
Mel is a Senior Learning Assistant, and she supports and facilitates a variety of sessions at Elysian, including Equine Learning sessions.
Mel has worked in lots of different roles, including being an Early Years Practitioner and working as Residential Support Worker in a children’s home. Mel has worked with trauma and challenging behaviours as part of this role. Mel has a great rap[port with many young people at Elysian.
Mel’s qualifications include:
– Bachelor’s in Childhood Studies
– Foundation Degree in Early Years Childcare & Education
– BTEC National Diploma in Animal Care
Formal Training and CPD: * QCF in Residential Child Care * POP – Pillars of Parenting (the framework used to underpin the therapeutic model of corporate parenting used within Hampshire Children’s homes) * First Aid at Work * Safeguarding – level 3 * Lone working and keeping yourself safe * Team Teach – Intermediate and advanced * Working with Challenging Families * Building Resilience * Prevent – Radicalisation Awareness * Food Safety – level 2 * Medication awareness * Makaton Core vocabulary * Supporting Children with EAL * PATHS – Promoting alternative thinking strategies * Schema awareness
Scarlett is a Support worker with Elysian, who has previously worked in a social care setting with looked after young people, in addition to an educational background. She has also worked as an Education Recruitment consultant and has an excellent understanding of the need to undertake creative and flexible nurturing bespoke learning to meet the individual needs of children and young people who come to Elysian. Having also worked as a mentor and Activity Instructor in different settings she’s accustomed to supporting children and young people with an engaging approach.
Scarlett has a BA in Education studies and has undertaken a range of training relevant to working with vulnerable children and young people with a variety of needs
Britt is a Teaching Assistant with Elysian. She is passionate and has several years of experience working in dynamic roles supporting children and young people with a range of complex needs and behaviours. Britt is friendly, experienced and enthusiastic, prides herself on delivering a creative learning environment which aims for children to feel safe and supported so they are able to achieve their goals and believe in themselves.
Britt is passionate about being part of a multi-skilled team that always work together to support each other and the children and young people we work with.
Britt has worked as a TA in other settings, and she has also had other roles such as an Instructor Therapist and Family Support Worker, as well as an Autism Counsellor.
Britt has a BA (HONS) in Sociology and a Post Grad in Autism and Behavioural Science. She has also participated in a wide range of training relevant to her work with children and young people at Elysian.
Caprice is an LSA with Elysian
Caprice has worked in residential care and has gained significant experience working with children and young people, including young people with complex mental health needs, behavioural and learning difficulties. She has also worked as a volunteer for the Riding for the Disabled Association, and is confident and knowledgeable around animals, and how to support young people in undertaking activities with horses. She has also worked as a volunteer at the ABC Animal Sanctuary. She has experience with safeguarding and first aid, and working with a range of complex challenging behaviours. Caprice has a well developed understanding of trauma, complex behaviours, needs, and triggers for young people, and a passion for working in a person centred way. Caprice also has a BA in Criminology and Sociology
Claire is a support worker with Elysian. Claire has extensive experience in residential childcare, working with autistic and vulnerable young people.
Claire is organised, proactive and able to think outside of the box. She is a good problem solver even under pressure and enjoys working as part of a team. Claire has worked in residential childcare for over 10 years and understands the impact therapeutic work can have on young people and their mental health.
Claire’s qualifications are:
- Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and management in residential Childcare
- Level 2 Diploma in Mental Health
- Level 3 Diploma in Children and Young people’s workforce
- First Diploma in Health and Social Care
Christine is our office administrator, and she is in charge of all things admin. Christine is the friendly face you’ll meet in the reception office when you arrive.
Christine originates from Australia but even though she moved to the UK around 20 years ago she still hasn’t lost the accent. Christine is enthusiastic about organisation having worked in libraries for much of her career and as a clinical administrator for a mental health provision.
Phil is our Maintenance Manager, and he is in charge of all things Maintenance and Development at Westland Farm. Young people enjoy getting involved in Phil’s projects, from building works, to fencing and all the associated farm duties of running a medium scale farm.
Phil has been in the building trade his whole life, and there is nothing he cannot do. Phil is an independent building contractor and he used to oversee house builds from scratch as a site manager, and many other builder and carpentry roles that has made him the expert he is today.
Phil has been involved in developing Elysian since its origin in 2015, and Elysian would not be what it is today if Phil had not been part of the team, his skillset has allowed us to utilise space and buildings in the best possible ways.
Jenny is a therapeutic teaching Assistant with Elysian. Jenny has been with Elysian for a long time now and over the course of her career, Jenny has worked in various roles spanning across a variety of industries including education, childcare, animal care, hospitality and the charity sector. Jenny has a well developed ability to get the best out of people and thrive in potentially stressful environments.
Before coming to Elysian Jenny worked as a special needs teaching assistant, as well as being a carer to a family with 3 children, which included children with additional needs. Jenny thoroughly enjoys working with young people and find it extremely rewarding.
Jenny’s key skills and training includes: Extensive experience working with special needs children in both a school environment and home setting – Paediatric First Aid trained – experience working with and caring for animals – Experience working for a charity – Natural extrovert who enjoys building relationships and works well under pressure – Completed moving & handling training – Extensive knowledge of safeguarding procedures – Hoist trained.
Louise has responsibility for cleaning and keeping the site Covid safe during the day. She has experience as an early year’s practitioner and her previous job roles include working in Administration and being a PA to four account directors for an events management company. Louise is currently working her way through her BA Honours degree in History with future hopes to become a teacher or curator.
Louise’s qualifications include:
– Certificate of Higher Education in Arts and Humanities
– Level 3 Admin, PA & Secretarial Diploma
– LAO Level 2 certificate in Principles of Business and Administration 2015 (QCF)
– NCFE Level 2 certificate in Infection Control
– Holistic Dementia Care trained
– First Aid trained
– Food Safety Trained
– Food Allergy trained with ESB Safety Academy
– Health and safety in Catering trained with ESB Safety Academy
Becca has a BA (HONS) in English and History and is also qualified Teacher with lots of experience in working with both children and young people as well as animals.
Becca teachers Maths, English, art and a variety of cross curricular and project based learning programmes, including ASDAN short courses.
Becca is currently undertaking a Level 3 in Counselling skills, and have completed the Arts Awards training, enabling her to facilitate the arts awards with our learners.
Becca has a great deal of experience working with a variety of SEND needs, and is passionate about getting it ‘right’ for our learners. She is a conscientious planner, extremely organised and has a friendly and down to earth approach.
Kirsten in our HR and Recruitment Admin, and she is responsible for all things HR at Elysian. Kirsten is proactive and motivated, and very organised, with high level PA and administrative experience. Kirsten has lots of experience in this sector and supports the process of HR and recruitment from the initial recruitment, through to overseeing HR activities. Kirsten is very friendly, super pro-active and looks after lots of the ‘behind the scenes’ stuff at Elysian!
Kirsten is currently undertaking a BA (Honours) in English Literature and Creative Writing.
Rouhann is a Teacher with Elysian, and he is also an enthusiastic animal care instructor with 10 years of experience instructing students with wide range of SEND needs.
Rouhann is committed to creating motivational and collaborative learning environments that encourage social and emotional growth. He is strategic in blending organisational skills, has a thorough educational background and ability to work well and communicate effectively with children, parents, colleagues and supervisors. Rouhann has worked has an Instructor and an Animal Care lecturer, and integrates animal care into our learning programmes. Rouhann has a BSc in Wildlife Management and a C & G Level 3 in Teaching and a level 4 Certificate of Competency Teacher training
- Eleven GCSE’s, including English, Maths and Triple Science, graces A* – A
Ella is our teaching assistant apprentice. Ella is a fountain of knowledge regarding the farm and our animals and is involved in all activities at Elysian, especially those involving animal care.
Ella is hard working and is always happy to answer questions regarding the animals, answers to which she communicates with the greatest of ease and enthusiasm.
Ella is currently completing an apprenticeship with Elysian to further her knowledge of education and the supportive element required within these sessions.
- Diploma of Higher Education in Animal Management Level 2
- CPD in SEN Teaching Assistant
- CPD in British Sign Language Level 1 & 2
- Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship (Ongoing)
Amelia works at Elysian every Friday, looking after the horses and Animals. She is currently undertaking Level 3 Animal Management at Merrist Wood and is extremely passionate about all animals. Amelia works hard and ensures that each of the animals at Elysian are checked, healthy and happy.