Read about our Community Champions and why they're passionate about improving health and wellbeing across Stockton-on-Tees.

Peter Mayes, Co-ordinator, Starfish Youth Employment Initiative

I work for Starfish Youth Employment Initiative (YEI), where we provide compassionate support and a community approach that offers young people choices to make positive changes to their lives and to take the next steps.

Starfish is linked with ‘wellbeing’ and has the experience to help people realise their unlimited potential, overcoming any barriers or obstacles that are getting in their way.

Research shows that by not having a career plan or focus on yourself, or by a lack of employment or training options are all well known to directly affect our wellbeing and mental health.

We show you that you have to realise that you are so important, you will do well and we will support and help all the way on you career planning, exploration and self-development.

I am looking forward to my role as a Healthwatch Champion for Healthwatch Stockton-on-Tees.

Find out more about Starfish YEI


Brian Jones, CEO at The Moses Project 

The Moses Project is a registered charitable company which provides guidance, mentoring and support to hundreds of adult males with past and current addictions to drugs and alcohol. The men usually live in chaotic circumstances and are suffering the consequences of long-term self-abuse.

We provide daily assistance with housing and benefits, introduce clients to positive lifestyles and provide not only one-to-one support but also regular team-building events and activities.

Find out more about The Moses Project


Mark Walker, Trustee at Teesside Dementia Link Services

Teesside Dementia Link Services (TDLS) is a charity based in the tees valley aiming to provide support to dementia sufferers and their carers, through support groups, activities and social events.

The relief of sickness and preservation of health of people suffering with dementia and their families and carers in and around the Teesside area.

Find out more about TDLS


Anthea Motson, Carer Experience Officer for the Patient and Carer Experience (PACE) Team at Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV)

Find out more about the PACE team


Bright Minds Big Futures

Bright Minds Big Futures (BMBF) is a nationally award-winning youth-led movement, working together with Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council to make the Borough a great place grow up. The group is managed by an elected panel of young people known as the Big Committee. Bright Minds Big Futures is a great way for young people to make friends, gain valuable life skills, increase confidence and be involved in making a real difference to the Borough of Stockton.

Netanya Alwis, Chair and Head of Community Safety 

Olivia Jessop, Head of Health & Wellbeing

Sophie Haste, Community Engagement Officer

Find out more about Bright Minds Big Futures


Dr Mojgan H Sani, Chief Pharmacist & Director of Medicines Optimisation at North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Mojgan H Sani is an accomplished and innovative Chief Pharmacist & Director of Medicines Optimisation at North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, with significant experience of working across acute hospital and interface settings.  She is passionate about transforming services to align with patient centred high quality care.  Her successful track record demonstrates achievements in quality and safety initiatives, financial efficiencies, patient engagement, service transformation, system wide engagement as well as collaborative work between the NHS and academia for improved patient care. 

Dr Mojgan pioneered the establishment of the role of consultant pharmacists as the first UK consultant pharmacist (Cardiac & Critical care) at Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. Dr Mojgan has attained a Doctorate in Clinical Pharmacy Practice, as well as Masters in Business Administration.  She has been appointed a visiting professor at several Higher Education Institutions for her expertise in Medicines Optimisation & Clinical pharmacy. 

In addition to her primary job, Dr Mojgan’s other roles have included CQC Specialist Advisor, Non-executive director roles, public governor, Healthwatch champion and National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Fellow.

Find out more about North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust


Kim Peacock, Social Prescribing Link Worker for Yarm Medical Practice with Middlesbrough & Stockton MIND

Find out more about Middlesbrough & Stockton MIND


Wendy Peacock, Director at Everyday Language Solutions

Everyday Language Solutions Ltd (ELS) is a not for profit organisation that provides a comprehensive range of premium quality interpretation and translation services to the North East community and beyond. As a registered charity its aim is to support the promotion of good race relations and the elimination of discrimination through more effective communication. 

Find out more about Everyday Language Solutions


Mark Coleman, Chair of the Patient Participation Group at Norton Medical Centre

Find out more about Norton Medical Centre


Stephanie Hogg, Disability Employment Advisor at Stockton Job Centre

Find out more about Stockton Job Centre

Healthwatch Stockton-on-Tees are looking for volunteer Healthwatch Champions to engage with local community groups, services and individuals to identify issues faced when accessing health or care services in Stockton.

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