Meet the team

At Promas CIC, we believe that every carer should be valued and cared for.

Our team has extensive professional experience and we’re committed to ensuring
unpaid carers have access to skills training and the emotional support they need.

Bernie DeLord
Executive Director
Bernie is one of the Directors at Promas CIC. Her working background has been in mental health and social care for the past 33 years, working in the UK and New Zealand where she first began working with carers organisations. When she returned to the UK in 2009 she met Jenny and they became interested in working with unpaid carers. They started this work in 2011 and started the company in 2013.

Jenny Tarvit
Executive Director
Jenny is one of the Directors of Promas CIC and has over 20 years of teaching experience in voluntary and public sectors. Jenny has managed a variety of projects funded by European Social fund, Department for Works and Pensions and the Skills Funding Agency supporting people to move forward with their lives through education, advice and assistance.

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Derek Jones
Non-Executive Director (Volunteer)
Derek is a retired sales & marketing professional with 45 years experience in high profile, commercial environments. He’s worked in roles up to director level within large teams throughout the UK and Europe. Derek also operated his own sales consultancy for 6 years, creating and implementing business plans on behalf of SME’s in the service industry.

For almost 20 years Derek assisted his wife as a part-time carer for his adult son, diagnosed with psychosis. For the last four years they’ve both been full-time carers.

Alison Jones
Alison has over ten years experience as an administrator, working on international policy conferences in Sussex. She was responsible for moving conferences forward from conception to delivery, supporting the directors and managing operational aspects during events.

Alison has volunteered in the offices of Arts for Health Cornwall and IOS where she created them more sophisticated templates and spreadsheets.

For the last five years she has been a full-time carer for her mother and has experienced the emotional and practical challenges this involves.

Sophia Halling
Course Tutor

Sophia Halling has run community choirs in Cornwall for 10 years now. She currently conducts Raise the ‘Ruth in Redruth, Barbed Choir in Penzance and The Riverside Singers in Devoran. She has also worked as a singer at The Eden Project and for Wildworks on some of their productions including Wolf’s Child. It is her firm belief that everyone can sing, even those who are adamant they cannot!

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Trevor is a self taught professional artist, maker and teacher who spends most of his time in either his workshop or studio. He graduated from London College of Printing and Central St. Martins College of Art and Design and has a broad range skill set including: designing and making, artwork, pyrography, freehand engraving, sculpting, printing, bookbinding, leather work, woodturning and woodworking.

With over ten-years’ experience in the adult community mental health service, complex care and dementia, memory cafés, schools and community centres across Cornwall, he has developed a special interest in creativity and the variety of ways in which it serves to increase people’s wellbeing. His approach to teaching is gentle, enjoyable, down to earth and is largely focussed on helping people develop their own understanding of applied creative processes. He operates with the underlying philosophy that you can’t actually get learning wrong because, with time and practice, anyone can discover their creativity.

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My career in social care began in Cornwall in 2004 after graduating from a BSc in psychology, supporting young people with autism

In 2011 I relocated to London and used my experience to begin working for Dimensions as a Performance Coach, providing direct support to services and the people they support to provide high quality care In 2012 I worked for an organisation where they supported people with a range of needs including people with mental health needs, learning disabilities and drug misuse. The focus of my role was to improve quality and delivering and facilitating training was a significant part of this.

In 2014 I relocated back to Cornwall to set up my own business. As a result, now work across a wide variety of settings and deliver bespoke training and provide consultation on all aspects of delivering a high-quality package of care.

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I have worked in the healthcare and teaching professions for 30 years in various roles including in the community mental health team, inpatient wards, and as a university lecturer and mental health consultant and psychotherapist in private practice. Throughout this time, I have always sought to understand and prioritise the needs of carers because I recognise the difficult and rewarding work they do as key to maintaining and improving the patient’s (or loved one’s) health and prospects. The sense of satisfaction and wellbeing carer’s experience in their work is typically beneficial all around. Conversely, if carer’s are struggling to maintain their own mental health when faced with demanding and stressful circumstances their ability to offer the best care will be compromised. Being a carer can feel like and ‘invisible’ job – but carer’s need to be seen and heard and know there are others on their side supporting them in the work. That is why I am keen to use my skills and experience to make my contribution by supporting the largely unseen army of carer’s who tirelessly undertake their work often without recognition or reward.

When I am not undertaking teaching for Promas I enjoy spending time with my family – my wife and I have just purchased a campervan – following various sports, particularly football, cycling and reading the psychoanalytic literature, alongside intermediate studies in New Testament Greek.

We also have a small team of volunteers who help organise our events.

Rachel Creed, Irene Stevens, Jean Cowsill and Carol Miles.

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Our upcoming events

Book your place at one of our fun and caring social events.

Summer House Gallery, Marazion

14th December 2018

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Trenython Manor, Near Fowey

8th June 2019

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The Old Quay House, Hayle

16th November 2019

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