Staff Team

Our staff team operates across three locations – Uttlesford, Harlow and Epping Forest, hosted by the CVS partner in that area. We deliver a broad range of community cohesion and inclusion projects, ranging from mental health support and suicide prevention, through to digital innovation work with minority groups.

Mental Health Discharge Support / Suicide Prevention Work

Ayesha Lawrence – Mental Health Discharge Support Worker

Ayesha Lawrence joined WECAN at the outset, as a United In Kind Coach, back in 2019. Prior to that, Ayesha had worked with families across West Essex for over 8 years in different roles.

Ayesha grew up in Uttlesford and lives in Harlow. A mother, with two young children, Ayesha works across many different community groups, mainly based in Epping Forest.

Ayesha enjoys getting out and travelling; both across communities in West Essex while working for WECAN… and further afield, in her own time.

Nick Robinson – Mental Health Discharge Coordinator

Nick Robinson has worked across West Essex, and primarily Epping Forest local communities for over 20 years. As Young Persons’ Officer at Epping Forest District Council, Nick set up Epping Forest Youth Council, in 2007. He went on to set up and run Loughton Youth Project (LYP), a dedicated young persons’ charity and radio station, for 12 years.

Nick joined VAEF in 2017, firstly as a music practitioner with the ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ music project, and then as a ‘Digital Buddy Project’ local co-ordinator, as part of a wider WECAN digital pilot initiative.

Nick’s passions for music, radio, digital and community saw him set up the United In Kind Radio platform, run by WECAN to help reduce loneliness and social isolation and signpost listeners to local community services. Nick currently leads the WECAN Mental Health Discharge Service, which provides community intervention support to those in West Essex leaving mental health inpatient care, or at risk of admission.

Ren Kemp – Mental Health Discharge Support Worker

Digital Buddies / Digital Share Project

Ali Firth – Digital Innovation Project Coordinator

I am the Digital Lead for a new Digital Inclusion Project for WECAN, named Digital Share.  I am passionate about supporting vulnerable adults in West Essex who have suffered through COVID and have been found themselves excluded digitally and need help, guidance and support.  I have worked for the voluntary sector for the past 16 years and very much look forward to supporting the West Essex Community and helping individuals to become digitally included and enhance their health & wellbeing.  

Adam Callaghan – Digital Innovation Technical Officer

Find your Active

Mirka Marri – Find Your Active Coach/Facilitator

Back Office Team

Core WECAN functions are divided among the partner CVS organisations:

  • HR & Payroll – Sue Game and Richard Corby, Uttlesford Community Action Network
  • Financial Admin – Hugh Burnage & Nina Gavins, Voluntary Action Epping Forest
  • Governance – Sharon Summerfield, Rainbow Services (Harlow)