The OTC team have a diverse range of skills and abilities that can support engagement and understanding of applying holistic approaches to everyday life. More importantly we are dedicated to promoting happiness and well-being in the communities we work in. We all have individual experiences that have led to the creation of this organisation and are passionate in sharing the benefits. We aim to help people understand that they can take control of their inner-state and through the application of the techniques we promote, increase inner peace and, happiness in all areas of life.
As a former English teacher I have identified the need to incorporate ways of managing challenging emotions in education. I believe that all people should have the knowledge and understanding of mindfulness activities that are proven to reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety, worry and depression. The current epidemic of poor mental health is paramount to my dedication to support people from all walks of life who are struggling with challenging emotions. Happiness is already within us and I intend to help people begin to cultivate their own happy place despite challenging external circumstances.
I have worked in education for over 20 years and over recent years the rise in numbers of students being diagnosed with stress and anxiety is staggering. After seeing how it affects their lives in such a dramatic way, I jumped at the opportunity to co-found this project and work with a great team of people who really want to make a difference. My passion for plants and horticulture and, belief in the healing powers of nature have inspired me to focus on horticulture therapy as a means of improving overall health and well-being.
Amanda Statham-Waring - owner of Purple Lotus Acupuncture and OTC Team Member
I'm the owner of Purple Lotus Acupuncture, and have been practising Acupuncture, Reflexology, Indian Head Massage for over 15 years and I'm now based at OTC. As well as seeing individual clients, I also runs the Fibromyalgia Support group that I set up for those suffering with any long term pain condition . The group is very positive and friendly and focuses on how to share tips that work with one another. Its also a great way to make new friends. Appointments can be made with me on a Wednesday and Saturday at OTC or by arrangement outside these times.
Victoria Bartle Rowe - Youth Worker, Fitness Instructor and Nutrition and Well-being practitioner and OTC Team Member
I have a Masters qualification in Youth Work and have 18 years experience working with hard to reach and vulnerable young people, including teaching Mindfulness and delivering projects to improve positive mental health. I'm a 2nd Dan Black Belt in Kickboxing and have competed internationally including in the European championships, where I won a silver and bronze medal. I have a range of qualifications in fitness, exercise and nutrition and currently teach a range of classes at OTC. These include the Teenage and 'Tweenage' Mindfulness sessions and Boxing and Circuits Training. I also do 1:1 training sessions with clients. I have been sewing and crocheting from a very young age so I also enjoy teaching Crochet at OTC.