Susie is a Wellbeing Practitioner and Forest School Leader with 12 years of experience working therapeutically with children. She has worked in a range of Charity Sector settings including The Clock Tower Homeless Sanctuary (2005-2008), Mind (2009 - 2011) and Kids Company (2011-2015) and on Community Outreach projects overseas in India (2003) and Southern Spain (2008).
Susie has had a lifelong passion for food and cooking and has a strong belief in its therapeutic potential. Whilst at Kids Company, she developed a Cooking Programme across three street-level centres in South East London.
Through her experience at Kids Company and Wellbeing Practitioner training, she has applied the roots and principles of integrative art psychotherapy and youth work to The Flourish Kitchen. Attachment Theory and The Gestalt Cycle underpin her therapeutic approach.
She is determined to put cooking on the map as a therapeutic intervention. Alongside The Flourish Kitchen, she works as a keyworker at Up Foundation’s Wellbeing Centre taking referrals from Brent Social Services and local primary schools.
South East and North West London
Ann-Marie qualified as a Therapeutic Wellbeing Practitioner in December 2015.
She is part of the Wellbeing Team at Nightingale Primary School in Hackney where through the medium of cooking she supports children's' social and emotional needs.
Ann-Marie believes that cooking offers a child or young person a tremendous therapeutic tool: physically, cognitively, socially and intrapersonally. Her view is that every child and young person has the opportunity to reach their full potential to become capable and confident young adults.
She also brings to the team her passion for food creativity as well as her experience in the catering industry and fundraising for the third sector
Mireille worked for 6 years as a teacher in a child-centred primary school in Canada where personal projects were at the heart of learning.
She has a passion for innovative pedagogies and believes that every child should have a chance to explore their interests and who they are in order to build a stronger sense of identity.
Mireille is a qualified Wellbeing Practitioner and uses the power of creative approaches as a way to build meaningful relationships with children through which growth and progress will arise. She has worked both in schools and within the community. Inheriting a passion for cooking and baking from her family, Mirellie has worked in Patisseries and cafes.
She is experimenting daily in her own kitchen and sees cooking as a concrete way to nurture feelings of confidence, pride, calm and joy.