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About Us

I moved up to Buxton in 2017 in search of the hills, after living in Cambridge (which is very flat!) for six years. I love spending time out and about in the Peaks or curling up with a good book.  I hold degrees in Accounting, Law and Criminology, and look after the


Grapevine's money.  People having a place to go when they're feeling down or lonely is something that matters a lot to me, so it's a privilege to be able to help at the Grapevine.


I moved to Buxton 11 years ago and love the culture of this beautiful town and the beauty of all the wild open spaces around.


I used to work with people with learning disabilities in supported living services and became responsible for staff development. After qualifying as a teacher I taught young people and adults in Further Education developing their careers in health and social care and also Professional Social Workers and Nurses on Continuing Professional Development qualifications at University. I have also worked at FE Colleges in quality assurance roles including supporting community organisations to deliver courses.  I enjoy being a Puppy Raiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind and also getting involved in local projects to benefit our environment, nature and wildlife.    


I am very pleased to join the Grapevine Team and hope to contribute to the important role it has in our town for its residents.  


Mark -Treasurer

Having studied Electrical Engineering at Huddersfield University and designed machine control systems for 30 years I retired in 2008 to pursue other interests.


I suffered mental health problems for a number of years, brought about by alcohol abuse, and was supported by The Grapevine during this period. Having benefited greatly from their services, and made a full recovery, I wanted to give something back.


I became a trustee and the deputy chair at the beginning of 2021 and now have a twofold vision. Foremost, I want to support those suffering any form of mental illness as I know how hard that can be. I also wish more specifically to help those suffering from addiction. Addiction is an illness and as such can be treated successfully. I desire to inspire others as a result of my own recovery.


In my spare time I enjoy fishing and being outdoors with my wife and our two dogs. I also play a number of musical instruments (badly) and love listening to all types of music.

Sarah- Chair

Hi, I’m Sarah and I live in Buxton with my family. I love the outdoors and can regularly be found walking, or running (well more like jogging) in the beautiful Peak District with my two dogs.

I have worked in education and care settings with vulnerable families and those struggling with their mental health.  I am  aware of the need for a place where people can find understanding, an ear to listen and meaningful support.

I see the Grapevine as an invaluable resource and source of support for those struggling with mental health and wellbeing and consider it a privilege to be able to contribute to the work.

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Julie - secretary 

retired from teaching in 2020, having taught modern languages for over 25 years in secondary schools; the last 21 years as Head of Modern Languages at Chapel-en-le-Frith High School. I now run a tutoring business from my home in Buxton, where I live with my husband and two dogs.

During the summer and autumn of 2021, I volunteered  at the weekend drop in sessions at the Grapevine Centre. This gave me a valuable insight into the importance of the centre to members. I have seen firsthand what a difference good mental health provision and a safe space makes to individuals.

I became a Trustee and Secretary at the start of 2022, and hope to be able to use the skills and experience I have gained in education, to support the work of the Grapevine.

I feel blessed to live in such a beautiful part of the country and love getting out and about with my husband and dogs. I enjoy reading and am part of a book club, as well as being a keen swimmer, swimming several times a week at the local pool.

Ana - Project co-ordinator

Having moved back up to this beautiful part of the country in 2016 after spending a couple of years by the sea on the south coast. I’m now very settled in the Peaks. I was pleased to take on the role of Project Coordinator in 2017.

​I have spent 20 years working within both the education and charity sector, I have worked for a wide range of organisations including Universities, local authorities and independent charities. In this time, I have also gained qualifications in Counselling, Neuro Linguistic Programming and a range of therapeutic therapies. As well as a degree in Environmental Science.

My love of the environment extends to my hobbies, of walking, gardening and cycling.

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Sarah - Senior Project Support Worker

I have recently joined The Grapevine as a project worker, having recently moved back to Derbyshire following many years living in London. I am excited to be joining an organisation that directly supports the local community. 

I gained my experience working in different charity and NHS settings, and I am also a registered Art Psychotherapist. I have an interest in how creativity and exploring creative activities can support mental health, wellbeing, and resilience.  

In my spare time I produce illustrations, taking inspiration from wildlife and nature as well as pop culture. I also like getting out and about in the Peak District, watching live music, photography, gardening and cooking.  

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Karey - Project Support Worker

I grew up in London but never wanted to settle in a big city. I came to Buxton with my husband and young family, nearly 20 years ago. I love the wonderful history of this town and its strong community, of which The Grapevine is an important part.

I have a background in secondary education but more recently I have trained to teach Mindfulness Meditation with The Mindfulness Association.

I love the stunning green landscapes of Derbyshire and enjoy being out in the countryside walking and cycling - when it’s not raining too hard! I also enjoy yoga and Creative Writing, mostly poetry.

I feel proud and privileged to be part of The Grapevine Community.

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Janis - Senior Project Support Worker

I’ve been involved with The Grapevine for several years in different roles – as a volunteer, a trustee, and now as a staff member.  From my involvement, I know what an essential service The Grapevine provides.  

After a 25-year career as a BBC Researcher, I decided to have a change of direction.  I studied for a degree in Theology, and spent 5 years as a Support Worker for people with learning disabilities, before joining The Grapevine staff team. 

I’m originally from Northumberland but have lived in Buxton since 2013, and love its friendliness, beautiful old buildings, history, scenery, parks, and the fact that everything is within walking distance.  In my spare time I enjoy reading, jogging, music, and TV dramas!

Debbie - Project Worker
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Grapevine is a Registered Charity. Charity number  1099746  

and a Limited Company 8008019

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