Our Team

We are a small team, made up of registered healthcare professionals, support workers and volunteers. We are dedicated to making mental health support accessible and are passionate about Norfolk. We are always looking for support, so if you have a skill that you would like to volunteer then please get in contact.

Catherine Gray

CEO and Lead Therapist

Catherine is the founder of Cup-O-T: Wellness and Therapy Services, setting up the social enterprise in 2017.

Catherine is registered with the HCPC as an Occupational Therapist, in addition to this she has completed her EMDR UK Accredited EMDR Training for adults, as well as Level 1&2 for Children and Adolescents.

Catherine has worked in a number of services including: Youth & CAMHS, Early Intervention Psychosis, Development and Research, Perinatal Mental Health and as Faculty and Wellbeing staff at NHS Nightingale London during the pandemic. She has completed additional skills training in: CBT, CBT for adolescents, DBT, CFT and AMBIT.

In addition to her clinical work she is a Health & Work Champion for the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, contributed to Nice guidelines and NHS Signals for depression, presented at conferences and lectured at numerous universities. Catherine is the co-founder of the Norfolk Occupational Therapists Peer Group.

Willow Farrell

Non-Executive Director, Treasurer

Willowed joined the Cup-O-T team in 2020 as a Non-Executive Director.

“I am passionate about the not for profit sector in Norfolk and I’ve seen the amazing impact charities and social enterprises are having on the shortfall left from underfunded services. I am a big supporter of taking an entrepreneurial approach to fundraising so working with an innovative social enterprise like Cup-O-T is fantastic.

I received mental health support as a young person from the NHS services in Norfolk and in that time I saw the pressures on the services increase and the support offered to each service user dwindle. I’m incredibly proud to be a part of an organisation putting their clients first, offering exciting and inventive help and taking their support to people in rural areas often forgotten by other services.”

Helen Chester

Non-Executive Director, Chair

Helen joined the Cup-O-T team in 2018 as a Non-Executive Director.

“Having lived in rural North Norfolk, I have seen first hand the real struggle people have in accessing mental health support in much of rural Norfolk. For many, the thought of having to take many buses to access support in Norwich, prevented them from gaining the support they needed. Add into this the threshold for accessing support through the NHS and there are huge numbers of children, young people and adults who are just not getting the help they desperately need.

When I first found out about Cup-O-T I knew I wanted to be involved in an innovative social enterprise that really wants to make a difference to the lives of people in Norfolk’s rural communities, making access to much needed support services a reality for so many. From our very first discussion I knew that Norfolk desperately needs a Cup-O-T.

Amber Watson

Occupational Therapist

Amber is an Occupational Therapist with experience working with young people and adults in a variety of services including inpatient hospitals, community and eating disorders.

She loves crochet, rock music, Harry Potter and cheese!

Amber is working on our Build Together project. She will be leading on workshops and providing 1-2-1 sessions for young people and their families.

Amber also provide Occupational Therapy sessions to young people online and in South Norfolk, Norwich city and Breckland.

Clare Woolley

Occupational Therapist and EMDR Therapist

Clare has recently joined our team providing Occupational Therapy and EMDR Therapy online to people aged 16+.

“I have worked as an occupational therapist in the mental health sector for the past 20 years. I am passionate about breaking down barriers towards accessing support and using a personalised recovery focused approach to support individuals to address their life goals and promote independence. I feel that early access to therapy for people to explore stressful life experiences is paramount in promoting positive mental health, and to support my clients further in this area I have completed my EMDR therapy training.

Outside of work I am a big lover of the outdoors, and will be often found kayaking and canoeing.”

Louise Fox

Peer Support Worker

Louise joined our team in 2021, completing her peer support worker training with us. She has experience of supporting families through being a HomeStart volunteer.

Louise is a Mum of two boys, loves the beach, long walks and a good series on Netflix.

Louise is working on out Build Together project. She will be leading on workshops, providing peer drop in sessions, writing blogs and creating amazing resources.

Louise will also be delivering 1-2-1 peer support sessions and peer support training from September.

Jen Sands

Admin

Hello! I’m Jen. I love all things admin. I know right, someone’s got to!

I work remotely supporting the team at Cup-O-T with all things admin, email management and marketing.

Over the past 15 years, small businesses have worked with me to grow, improve their efficiencies, and enjoy their business again.

I’ve always been an admin-bod, and if something needs creating, systemising or managing, I’m just a message or phone call away!

Away from work, I’m kept busy with my 3 children, crazy Whippet, and my husband who runs his own carpentry business (yes, my admin skills are put to use there too!).

I also LOVE to play Netball and do so at least once a week in Norwich.

Clare Day

Outdoor Therapy Assistant

Clare joined the Cup-O-T Team in 2022 as an outdoor therapy assistant in our Level Up Outdoors programme. She enjoys exploring the outdoors, reading and attempting new crafts.

You can find Clare at our outdoor therapy groups, supporting with activities such as creative play and den making. Clare is currently completing her forest school training.

Rebecca Holm

Outdoor Therapy Assistant

Rebecca joined the Cup-O-T Team in 2022 as an outdoor therapy assistant in our Level Up Outdoors programme. She loves drawing and painting, wall climbing, being at the beach and slowly learning to rollerskate!

You can find Rebecca at our outdoor therapy groups, supporting with bushcraft activities such as firelighting, whittling and den building.

Joe Gray

Event and all round volunteer for everything!

Joe is Catherine’s husband. He is the person who keeps everything running smoothly and calmly. You’ll see him at events helping us set up, and chipping in to help with workshops when things get busy!

He is a carpenter and the creator of our wonderful therapy van!

Hannah Doncaster

Outdoor volunteer

Hannah joined the Cup-O-T Team in 2022 as an outdoor session volunteer in our Level Up Outdoors programme. She is incredible at cooking outdoors! You’re in for a treat if she’s at one of your sessions!


Want to work or volunteer with us?