The Team

We are a friendly team of skilled professionals who pride ourselves on building strong relationships with our local community.

All of our team are qualified and trained to deliver the workshops, they are DBS checked and they are all covered under our insurance policy to deliver workshops throughout the community. Relevant certificates and DBS certificates can be shown on request.

 

 

My name is Elspeth (also known as Elle), I am the project manager and proud founder of WISE UP CIC.
I have always known I have wanted to help others to build their confidence.

Over the past 15 years I have worked in various roles including support work and in education roles mentoring young people with additional needs and emotional & behavioural challenges. I returned to education as an adult and opted for an intro course in counselling skills which led to the bug for learning again. After attending university to complete a drama degree I created WISE UP Workshops; A well-being community organization offering individuals the skills to build independence through art forms for all ages and all abilities. My aim- “to provide a space for everyone to ‘be themselves’ whatever their background, whatever their learning difference.”

5 years later the WISE UP journey continues, I have gone from a one woman band to a multi-skilled and talented team. We are now a successful local theatre company touring schools and venues, we run various after local school clubs, we have worked with local schools using therapeutic services.

Resilience is in all of us if we work hard at building ourselves up especially in a positive learning environment.

Despite my personal setback of beating cancer twice I am more passionate than ever to ‘help people help themselves through the arts’.

 

My name is Jo.

My early career was in social housing and the development of sustainable communities. Through this work I recognized the importance of spending time to understand the needs of individuals in those communities in order to ‘help them to help themselves’.

I joined WISE UP workshops to offer business development support and learn more about the application of listening and understanding skills to help young people who face challenges in their lives. I have learnt so much while being part of WISE UP workshops, seeing and applying methods and skills within art, drama, play and talking to release each individual’s skills and strengths.  Seeing the young people we work with grow in confidence and ability is rewarding and motivating.

 

My name is Ann Angus, I am retired and very much enjoy working in a voluntary capacity. In my working life I have always held a position dealing with the general public in managerial positions from catering to retail and latterly running my own hairdressing business.

I am a volunteer with WISE UP Workshops helping the team in the drama workshops, sometimes performing in them and assisting with productions as well as recently writing a play for the Morecambe Fringe Festival 2017. I see the difference that WISE UP makes to adults and children alike and as I too want to make a difference in people’s lives and eventually become involved in projects for the elderly in the near future.

My name is Duncan. I live in Edinburgh and work for WISE UP as the remote technical
assistant. I help with any technical assistance that WISE UP needs, such as creating and maintaining the website, editing videos and creating sound FX for the various productions.

I really enjoy working for WISE UP because I fully agree with the ethos of the company and feel privileged to be a part of such important work.

I wish I lived a little closer so that I could be involved in the
workshops and really see the joy and excitement brought to the children in each session.

 

           Hi, I’m Mollie and I am a Creative Practitioner working with people of all ages and based in the West End of Morecambe. Since 2003 I have been involved in a wide range of creative community projects across the North West. As part of the Wise-Up team, you might find me running story-telling sessions, story-based yoga movement, facilitating drama workshops or working behind the scenes developing scripts.

I believe the creative process has a huge part to play in our well-being and growth. Creating a safe space to play, to create, or just to be ourselves is something that is often ‘busied’ out of our day-to-day lives. Although it is always wonderful seeing someone celebrating a significant achievement, one of the most rewarding things for me is seeing the steps along the way, or those simple moments where someone is really enjoying what they’re doing. Something I have the privilege of seeing every day at Wise-Up!

 

 

 My name is Sam. I am a mum to four kids ranging from ages 9 to 21 years. I have been a mum my entire adult life and taken on a number of part time and self employed roles to bring in an income.

I have worked as support worker in the community for learning disabilities and mental health for over a decade. I learnt how to work in a person centred way autonomously and within a team.

Over the last three years I have been at Lancaster university studying Biological Sciences. I am a first generation graduate and feel this is an achievement, but it has taken a while to settle in and find myself comfortable in academia. I have volunteered off and on since 2016. I currently volunteer to record productions which are put in by a number of groups.

I advocate for WISE UP as I have personally seen what they can achieve from the work they do. My second eldest is a volunteer and on the autistic spectrum. He has felt like he could never fit in and felt awkward in social situations. WISE UP gives him a role and a voice in a space where he can be safe and feel like he fits in. I want to help others feel this from my role in WISE UP.

 

 


My name is Aedan Phillips I am 16 years old and attend heysham high school, I initially began at summer school over a year ago, where I helped video and photograph the summer production.
I have enjoyed this and I have now moved onto become technical assistant as well as volunteering at teens group has enabled me to learn about production, lighting and sound.
I really enjoy working with others and socialising is also important to me, as an autistic person I usually struggle with this but wise up has brought me out of my shell and motivated me to work in a team setting and understand how to communicate with kids my age and the public.

 

My Name is Ellie.
I started Wise Up initially as an attendee in 2015. Since then I have gained confidence, new skills and joined the team.
In 2016 I played the main role in Comarella at The Black Box Theatre.
I love wise up because you are part of a community and can encourage people to be themselves.