Who is Louisa?

My ethos for life is that it is one big an adventure. I believe life is about the people we meet and the experiences we have as well as always learning and growing. Since being a child all I ever wanted to do was help others and make a positive difference in whatever way I could, this is something that stayed with me as an adult. I believe everyone deserves to feel good about themselves and is  amazing in their own way.  If you would like to know a bit more about my journey so far keep on reading. . 

All I ever ever knew was that I wanted to help others, having always had a passion for people, I find people so inspiring and never cease to be amazed by the strength of the human spirit. We can all learn so much from each other and the stories we have if we open our hearts and ears to listen!

I spent over 10 years working in the voluntary sector with some of the most marginalised groups in society  - from refugees, individuals that are homeless, individuals battling mental health issues and substance mis-use issues to specialising with working with women involved in prositution supporting them to exit the sex industry.  I have worked as a facilitator delivering a variety of different training. My work always involved supporting and empowering individuals to make positive changes to their lives. 

I have previously set up a social enterprise to raise awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. During which time I coordinated a successful PTSD awareness raising campaign where I actually ran 123 miles out of 216 miles in a relay run from Leeds to Downing Street. The run finished with speaking in the Houses of Parliament to brief the All Parliamentary Group for Mental Health and then taking a book that was made containing different individual stories about their life with PTSD to 10 Downing Street to raise awareness of PTSD on behalf of everyone in the UK affected by this condition. PTSD can affect anyone that has been through trauma and impact on loved ones of those with PTSD.  

I have supported a womens charity, through organising a variety of events, including two conferences for International Womens Day. I have coached a variety of diffierent indviduals from all walks of life and also delivered womens workshops in prison settings to build confidence and self esteem as well as in schools to around motivations and aspirations. 

I remain passionate about womens issues, the psychological impact of trauma and supporting people to create positive changes in their lives. I have a particular interest in the effects, causes and long term psychological impact of the trauma, of domestic and sexual violence, with 1 in 3 still experiencing violence in their lifetime, there is still so much to be done to change this. Part of this change is about bringing men into the conversation to take action too, because it affects them as well.

In my freetime you will find me out running somewhere, I love long distance running, the whole process of pushing your mind and body to see how far it can go.  I love any challenge that gives the opportunity to learn and grow. 

Follow your passions and remember  YOU ARE amazing for being you!