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ABOUT US

The Positivitree is a social enterprise

The Positivitree works to improve the mental wellbeing of families with children who have additional health or care needs.

Focussing on self-care, we have created a parent-led wellbeing movement.

Empowering Parents

We believe that emotionally nourished parents raise resilient children.  Our services show parent-carers that they have the power within them to be the best version of themselves for themselves and their families.

Self Care

By focussing on the practice of self-care we have created a parent-carer led wellbeing movement.

Wellbeing Activities

We provide wellbeing activities designed to meet the needs of the parent-carer community taking in to account their responsibilities and time constraints.

Online Support

We offer online support, social groups, workshops and classes.

Flexible Programmes

By offering a flexible programme, we empower parent-carers with tools needed to take ownership of their wellbeing.

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Our Team

Rachel

Rachel

About you
I am the co-founder and CEO of The Positivitree. After experiencing first hand the lack of support for parent-carers I wanted to create something that addressed the gaps and gave parent-carers permission to focus on themselves, away from their caring responsibilities.

What part do you play in The Positivitree and why?
I am responsible for the day to day running of the organisation from establishing the culture and delivering on the vision to organising events, liaising with funders and partners. My role is varied and exciting and I have really learnt a lot in the last two years.

What you like best about being involved?
For me it is all about the people and the stories we hear. I absolutely love hearing about the incredible strength and tenacity of the parent-carers who access our support. It feels like we have a big community of people who just ‘get it’, they can empathise and support each other from a place of first-hand experience. Seeing the friendships created as a result of the events, activities and workshops we have put on is beyond anything I ever imagined.

What do you do to look after your mental health and wellbeing?
We are really lucky to live close to the beach and miles of promenade so to clear my head I will walk for miles or simply go and stand on the beach with no shoes or socks on and enjoy the sun (and wind/rain/snow) on my face while taking some big breaths of fresh air. I also love to write and find blogging and journaling cathartic.

Niki

Niki

About you
I have been living my dream the last few years working as yoga teacher, reiki therapist, meditation instructor, quantum healing practitioner and Spiritual Mentor.

What part do you play in The Positivitree and why?
I run all the spiritual wellbeing classes for The Positivitree. I am a parent-carers myself, my son was recently diagnosed with ADD and is on the ASD pathway. Deespite being part of the delivery of the sessions the support I personally get from the groups has been so heart warming.

What you like best about being involved?
The Positivitree offers such as safe and supportive environment for parent-carers. I really feel honoured to have all these gorgeous people in my life. It’s like a big family and the hugs are just AMAZING.

What do you do to look after your mental health and wellbeing?
I honestly do practice what I preach and use my own tools which keeps me from getting in the cupboard with a bottle of plonk when times are tough. Reiki, meditation, yoga and the rest of my spiritual toolkit work for me. This is what made me train in these areas because I want to help others too. If I can do it, you can too!

Lisa

Lisa

About you
Lisa works full time as an Account Manager and travels around the UK ensuring that her customers are being looked after. Blessed with a beautiful daughter and married to a very supportive husband.

What part do you play in The Positivitree and why?
I have known the founders of The Positivitree for many years and was delighted to be able to join the trustee board to help move the organisation forward. As a child I experienced being dreadfully ill and saw what my own parents went through at that time, I really connected with how the team at The Positivitree are looking to support those parent-carers in need.

What I remember from being ill as a child is how my parents’ own health and wellbeing went completely out of the window as they focussed on looking after me.

What you like best about being involved?
I love the support network the Positivitree Group has to created for the parent-carer community The groups help to parent-carers a chance to top up their energy levels again and, importantly, gives access to range of activities, events and workshops.

What do you do to look after your mental health and wellbeing?
I am a sucker for 'quick' Apps to relieve stress (e.g. HeadSpace). I (usually) spend a lot of time in the car and will listen 'Personal Development' CDs or downloads. Dr Wayne Dyer, How to be No Limits Person, has to one of my favourites! I enjoy Yoga (Hot Yoga too!) and, reading light hearted books. Most of all I like to talk and, see who's about for hugs when needed!

Liam

Liam

About you
I am newly qualified barber after I decided to take a leap of faith and step out of the commercial business world to gain qualifications in a field that has always been of interest to me.

What part do you play in The Positivitree and why?
I am a proud member of the trustee board. I have volunteered with the organisation from the start. I was inspired by the work Rachel & Lee were doing after Jack relapsed. I watched as they helped him through different forms of treatment and side effects of treatment while maintaining an optimism that I found really inspiring.

What you like best about being involved?
I love volunteering my time with The Positivitree. I love to meet the parents and carers and hear their stories. It is always very humbling to feel the gratitude from them for the services we are able offer. The difference something as simple as a hot, home-made meal that someone else has prepared for them blows me away every time.

What do you do to look after your mental health and wellbeing?
When I feel times are tough I always turn to exercise. I love to walk, dance and swim. I manage to lose myself in exercise and my mind clears allowing more rational thoughts.