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About Us
Nicola - Treasurer 

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.

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.

Ana - Manager

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.  

Karey - Project Support Worker
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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.

Janis - Senior Project Support Worker
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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

I’ve recently moved to Buxton with my two children.

I’ve fallen in love with the Peaks, walking the hills, wild swimming and cycling here is such a joy. I love being active and out exploring.

Whilst new to the Grapevine, I am at home with the community, sharing time and connecting with members. I look forward to being part of supporting, nourishing and uplifting wellbeing here.

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Grapevine is a Registered Charity. Charity number  1099746  

and a Limited Company 8008019

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