Meet the team
Welcome to the Promas staff page, below is a brief introduction to us.
Bernie DeLord and Jenny Tarvit
We are a team of two professional facilitators who have worked together extensively for the past eight years. We have vast experience of delivering training and development to public and voluntary organisations. We have a range of experience individually which includes operational and policy work for the NHS, Social Services, Education services and voluntary organisations in the UK and abroad. Between us we have worked in the following managerial roles, director, senior manager and manager. A big part of our working roles has been to manage large teams in order to achieve the following: health, education, employment, outcomes and targets, sourcing funding and managing budgets, project management on a local and national level and contract management. These experiences and skills have enabled us to bring a real life approach to all of the training and development we deliver.
Our core work
We believe that every carer has the right to be valued and have access to the emotional support they need to manage their caring role.
We have extensive professional experience of working with unpaid carers and a strong commitment and passion to helping carers to learn new skills to help them stay healthy in their caring roles. Our understanding and compassion comes from personal experience in this area. Our professional backgrounds gives us the skills to write and deliver innovative and relevant courses for carers, which we have been doing since 2011.
We are driven to ensure all unpaid carers ( Cornwall to start with) get the support and recognition they rightly deserve and need.
Central to our working ethos is our commitment to the inclusive working and the principles of Equality and Diversity; this is at the core of all of our work.
We have undertaken work in the following area – carers awareness training to professionals.
Non -Executive Directors – Volunteers
Is a retired sales & marketing professional with 45 years experience of high profile commercial environments. Based on continual formal sales training in the early years he gained extensive sales, marketing and customer service experience within consumer products and service industries. His working roles have included salesman, sales manager, sales training manager and sales director as well as development manager, project manager and marketing manager. These roles have been predominantly within large teams working throughout the UK and Europe.
He operated his own sales consultancy for a 6 year period, as a sole trader, creating and implementing business plans on behalf of small and medium sized businesses in the service industry.
For almost 20 years he was a part time Carer for his adult son, diagnosed with psychosis, assisting his wife. For the last 4 years they have both been full time Carers. Having gained that experience, he now wishes to be more involved in the plight of unpaid Carers and assist Promas CIC develop people who are Carers with the best practice skills to enable them to continue their caring roles.
Has a wealth of experience in business and management. She owned a coffee shop in Truro for a short time which involved all levels of business management and bookkeeping as well as the day to day running.
She worked for Sainsbury’s for 4 years managing a 3 in 1 department with 6 staff on her team. Apart from the obvious responsibilities of staff training she had targets to reach as well as 3 separate companies to report and feedback target plans to. She was on the staff council representing the whole of the grocery team which helped to build confidence in public speaking.
She was sales and training manager for Bakers Delight in Australia for 6 years. Being responsible for all bookkeeping, target plans, staff health and safety training, maintaining fundraising, staff meetings, completing financial reports, designing spreadsheets, all customer communications via email, telephone and in person and maintaining confidentiality for the business.
Her last 18 months in Australia was spent as a bookkeeper and receptionist for a natural health clinic where she was responsible for maintaining the Facebook page and website, organising workshops for clients to meet practitioners and learn about their services, developing relationships with all clients, some of who were very emotional or in a lot of pain. She was also responsible for all bill paying, tax returns and budgeting.
Whilst in Australia she also studied Business Management to Certificate 4 level and completed a bookkeeping qualification.
Rachel is a full time carer and has been interested in the development of Promas CIC in the past two years and is excited to join the team where she feels she can help engage more carers to access Promas CIC.
Alison has over 10 years experience as an Administrator, working on international policy conferences in West Sussex. She was responsible for moving the conferences forward from conception to delivery, including registration, booking flights and accommodation, logistics and recording the allocation of funding. She provided administrative and marketing support to the Directors, and managed the operational aspects during the event, including taking care of speakers and participants needs.
For the last 5 years she has been a full-time Carer for her mother and has experienced the emotional and practical challenges this involves. She is excited about helping other Carers learn how to take care of themselves and thrive in this role.
Previously she has volunteered in the office of Arts for Health Cornwall and IOS, where she created new, more sophisticated templates and spreadsheets. She adores cats and is currently learning to paint with acrylics.
Corinne has worked in health and social care, in a number of guises, for over twenty five years, and counts herself very lucky to have enjoyed every minute of it.
Her first role was as Deputy Projects Manager for a small local charity that provided services for informal carers. She visited people in their own home in order to set up packages of care that enabled carers to take a break from their caring role.
She has always had a keen interest in learning and development and was fortunate enough to be one of the first multi-agency Safeguarding Adults trainers for Cornwall Council in 2004. She joined the Council full time in 2006 as the lead for Multi-Agency Safeguarding Adults Training, and worked there for nine years.
She is also a qualified coach and completed an MSc in Coaching and Mentoring in 2013.
Michaela has 32 years experience working within a variety of mental health environments. After qualifying in 1989 she specialised in the area of rehabilitation and recovery and worked as a Consultant for the World Health Organisation on and off over a five year period in Palestine helping to develop their Rehabilitation services. Michaela successfully managed a small rehabilitation and recovery unit in St Austell before going on to set up the Counties only Low secure unit which became both Nationally and Internationally recognised. Three years before leaving the NHS she worked as a clinical manager.
Over the past three years Michaela has managed a successful Nursing home which specialises in Palliative care.
Michaela has taught carers within the NHS and the private sector and also delivered the Certificate in Counselling course for Cornwall Foundation Trust.
Tamsin is a self taught professional artist, who specialises in pencil and pastel portraiture.
With a lifelong love of art, and a fascination with the stories that every face tells, Tamsin prides herself on capturing the unique personality of each subject, with her beautifully realistic style.
Tamsin regularly accepts invitations to visit art societies and groups to talk about her art. She can deliver a talk and mini workshop which will engage, inform and inspire members; revealing techniques to improve shading styles and sharing tips to help you see what is there and accurately capture that on paper.
Tamsin exhibits her work in Cornwall, where she lives, and her portraits hang in private collections internationally.
Before drawing and teaching full-time, Tamsin worked for many years in her local community. This included supporting older people, adults with learning disabilities, and for seven years working in mental health – specialising for part of this in working with families from Black and Minority Ethnic communities. This wealth of experience helps to inform her current practice and means she is highly skilled in effectively and inclusively working with people from a broad range of backgrounds.
Singing Leader and musician
Pip has taken many varied courses over the last decade to improve her own singing leading and music skills and broaden her experience. She is a member of the Natural World Practitioners Network and regularly attends the excellent courses offered by the British Kodaly Academy and the National Youth Choir of Scotland. She is a qualified teacher of adults and children and has completed a ‘Community Music Teaching’ qualification with Plymouth Music Action Zone.
She enjoys working with non-auditioned groups and especially with people who may have ‘missed out’ on music in the past to help them find their voice and gain an understanding of how music works through musicianship.
She enjoys working with groups with specific needs or for therapeutic purposes. For 2 years she worked with the first ‘Singing for the Brain’ group in Cornwall for people living with dementia and their carers. She has also facilitated singing groups for West Cornwall Women’s Aid and the Drym Valley Centre (for adults with additional needs). In 2015, along with Chris Moore, she set up Breathing Space Singing the first group in Cornwall to use singing to help people living with chronic Lung Health Conditions. She runs Levow an Bys and Dawn Chorus Choirs.
We have recruited several volunteers in 2017 who have begun to help arrange the social events that Promas CIC host for unpaid carers. They are all carers themselves and are giving their time to help find brilliant venues with fantastic food and prizes for the raffle.