Welcome to the Grapevine Wellbeing Centre
Meet the Team

Our Trustees

Sam Wright - Chair

I grew up in Surrey, but I've lived in the High Peak for 17 years and really love the area and the friendly people. I started volunteering for the Grapevine in 2016 and in February 2017 also became chair of the trustees. The Grapevine is a fantastic place - l feel very lucky to be part of such a welcoming and supportive group of people. Life can get really stressful and difficult and we often have little time to spare for each other.  It's hugely important that we all make time to care for ourselves and try to support each other when life gets tough. I do hope you'll come and visit us!

I work as a researcher in social care - working with people who have alcohol and drug problems and other difficulties to find out what support would make their lives better. In the past I've also worked or volunteered for Nacro, Women's Aid and Blythe House hospice.

I have a partner, two children (aged 15 and 12) and a dog: a lurcher called Luna. Luna is named after a character in the Harry Potter films - I'm a huge fan of those stories and can't wait for the next Fantastic Beasts film to come out. I'm also very interested in gardening, mindfulness, yoga and travelling to new places.   

Ellis Hayward - Treasurer

I retired from the I.T industry after more than 30 years as a programmer, analyst and consultant. I have an active interest in different forms of psychology and gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Emotional Education at Derby University when I was 60 years old. I did three years counselling courses at Buxton campus but discontinued the course due to other commitments.

I have been trained as a mentor and a reading coach working with excluded children and young adults who have been part of the justice system. I am also a trained appropriate adult and worked in the Derby police station for a short while until I became a trustee and volunteer at the Grapevine Wellbeing Centre.

Janis Knox - Secretary

Having worked for 26 years as a Researcher for BBC Religion & Ethics, I decided the time was right to take a career break!  I am now a Part Time Theology student and a very happy volunteer at Grapevine. I have always had an interest in how we can create a more inclusive society, and have been humbled and inspired by the community of Grapevine - a community of hugely diverse people who provide a place of acceptance, support and friendship for anyone who walks through the door.  
Prior to joining Grapevine I have volunteered in different areas: As a Mentor to a teenager in the care system (an excuse to indulge my own inner child and do lots of fun things); an Advocate and Befriender for Age UK (involving taking a delightful gent in his 90s for a weekly fish and chips supper and a gossip); as a penfriend to a man on Death Row in America for 20 years; and I've worked on a soup run for homeless people (in my younger days, before I became pathetic about being out in the cold...!)

I'm a proud Geordie though I've been in exile in the North West for 30 years!  In my spare time, I can be spotted, puce-faced and gasping-for-breath, jogging around Buxton in an attempt to stave off middle-age spread; and I love films and drama - I help run a monthly Film Night where we watch a film then chat about the thorny themes it raises. I love living in Buxton – it’s small enough to get to know people. You can't walk into
Buxton without bumping into someone from Grapevine, and I love that!    

Beryl Ardern

I was born in Buxton but lived for a while in Chelmorton but I have now moved back to Buxton. I was elected to the Board of Trustees in July 2014 at the last AGM. I am very pleased to be representing the members of Grapevine on the Board of Trustees. I enjoy supporting our members and I was instrumental in extending the opening hours to include Saturday.

Julian Cohen

I’m a Londoner in origin, have lived in Buxton since 2000, before that Glossop and was chairperson of the Grapevine when it first became a charity in 2003. I’ve recently got back involved. In the past I worked as a researcher, youth worker and teacher. More recently I’ve worked with people who have problems with drugs. I also lead creative and therapeutic writing groups - including one at the Grapevine - and help organise a monthly open mic session in Buxton, ‘Spoken Words’, where people can read out their own poetry and short stories. I believe a ‘collective depression’  that currently exists in our country – and many other places too - and that by speaking out, hearing each other and working together we can create a better, kinder and more equal and humane society.

Tracey Green

I have worked in health and social care for 15 years and has experience varied from nursing homes caring for the elderly with dementia to adults with challenging behaviours and autism. I have worked with adults in independent living supporting people in their own home and shared homes with learning difficulties and challenging behaviours.I have worked for an agency as a personal assistant for adults with learning disabilities to support them in everyday life, college, social and education needs and holidays.I also have 4 years experience in day service setting from Alderbrook Day Centre supporting a varied mix of learning disabilities and autisism. I have worked for the NHS as bank staff and has hospital nursing experience as a supporting care support worker on medical wards, out patients and the psychiatric secure units. In 2010 I developed and now manage a weekend social club for adults with learning disabilities run every Saturday and is highly successful and has an excellent reputation to all its users and is a massive contribution to normalisation in a community based setting Bright Choice. I am a director of a new community based learning disability day service for adults with learning disabilities in the high peak called Bright Opportunities. I am currently studying level 5 diploma in management in adults and children’s services in health and social care. I love the work I do and the people who I provide care for, my love is learning disabilities and supporting people. I enjoy a laugh and had a great sense of humour and sees the best in everyone. I enjoy travelling and holidays,concerts, gigs, music, swimming, walking my crazy dog Codey and socialising with friends and family and dote on my beautiful nieces and nephews.

Julie Dadson

I am very happy to be part of the Grapevine Wellbeing Centre and I can’t wait to meet new colleagues from other partnership groups as we strive to work together to provide a coherent and robust voluntary and community mental health support network. I will aim to do my best to keep the Grapevine Centre a welcoming and gently supportive place to be. I was born and raised in Sheffield, South Yorkshire and have also called Dorset and Worcestershire home before moving back to the North West in 2004.  My husband Michael is Unitarian Minister in Macclesfield, as well as a voluntary Chaplain at the East Cheshire Hospice.  My two daughters, Gemma and Abigail look after my four grandchildren, Morgan, Beth, Noah and Archie.
The voluntary sector has been my working environment for the last 15 years.  I was farm conservation advisor in Worcestershire before funding was drastically cut from the countryside budget. Since moving to the High Peak, I have been involved with a charity  providing holidays for deprived inner city children in the Peak District and latterly, I ran a  Horticultural Charity for Adults with Learning Difficulties in Warrington.  Gardening is a passion and I combine this part-time post with my own gardening and design business.

Emma Little

I was born in Ashton Under Lyne before my parents moved to the Channel Islands. I grew up in St Helier, Jersey, moving back to the mainland when I was 18.


I moved to the High Peak soon after arriving and I have settled here.


In the past I have modelled, sold clothing and ran my own shop where I serviced and repaired Dyson vacuum cleaners as Dyson approved engineer.


I am really excited and privileged to have the opportunity of being elected to the board of Trustees, I understand only too well the needs of Grapevine users and that experience will help in my role as a Trustee.

Ana Mankiewicz - ​Project co-ordinator

I have recently moved back up to this beautiful part of the country after a few years spent on the South coast, and Im very pleased to have taking on the role of Project co-ordinator at The Grapevine.  

Having 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. I also have a degree in Environmental Science.


My love of the environment extends to my hobbies, of walking, gardening and cycling.