Who We Are
THIS WAY UP is a registered Christian charity based in Solihull, West Midlands. We are a team of trained & supervised Pastoral Mentors who are dedicated to supporting young people who are struggling to cope with feelings of loss experienced as a result of family breakdown or bereavement. We also deliver training to school staff and community/church groups, and lessons about loss and Peer Mentoring to secondary school students.
Meet the Team
CHERYL HAWKINS | DIRECTOR
Cheryl joined THIS WAY UP in 2014 and is passionate about seeing young people develop and thrive. She brings a wealth of experience to the role, having previously worked as a teacher in both Primary and Secondary schools; as a Senior Social Worker in both Care Management and Fostering and as an Education Advisor with Birmingham Local Authority’s Looked After Children’s Education Service (LACES).
Cheryl is the lead contact for all new mentoring requests and enquiries from schools and other professionals, as well as from churches and others wishing to support and partner with the work of THIS WAY UP.
She is also the charity’s Designated Safeguarding Lead, provides regular supervision and training to our Pastoral Mentors, and continues to deliver some mentoring.
Alex Simpson | TEAM LEADER
Alex joined the team at This Way Up after having worked as a teacher in primary schools across the West Midlands for several years. Her initial training and experience, both acquired in Germany, is in secondary school education. She also brings a wealth of counselling skills and considerable experience mentoring young people over several years.
Alex completes all of the liaison with schools and other professionals about the students who are being mentored. She is also the Deputy Safeguarding Co-ordinator, provides regular supervision and training to our Pastoral Mentors, and delivers some mentoring.
LIZ MAY | ADMINISTRATOR
Liz joined THIS WAY UP after working as part of the support services of a local secondary school. She loves being part of a team that is serving and making a different to its community, and enjoys the variety of work in her role: finance, data, mentor resources, general administrative support for the team, answering the phone and even the cleaning!
THIS WAY UP is a community of trained and supervised Pastoral Mentors, most of whom are volunteers from Counselling, Social Work, Teaching and Youth Work backgrounds.
OUR PATRON | RT HON DAME CAROLINE SPELMAN MP
"In the last year alone, 226 young people who had been affected by family breakdown or bereavement were helped by this fantastic charity, which has proved invaluable in protecting the mental health of the young. I am delighted to see This Way Up go from strength to strength, and it deserves all of our continued support."