Meet the Trustees and Committee
Meet the Trustees
Susy Lenihan (Treasurer)
is semi-retired from working, for many years, in the financial sector. She has an active interest in charities which support the welfare of young people and those affected by addiction.
Dinah Wellenkamp (Trustee)
is a former business manager with many years’ budget monitoring experience.
Debra Hawley (Secretary)
is a former lecturer at Wiltshire College. Prior to that, she spent ten years working as a customer services manager in the private sector.
John Pendrey (Chair)
is a retired engineer. He has thirty years’ experience as a trustee and coach to youth sports teams.
Meet the Professionals
is a qualified counsellor with 13 years’ experience in supporting families affected by addiction. She works with Families Out Loud to provide assessment and counselling sessions. She also facilitates the support group meetings.
is a trainee counsellor who has several years’ experience in supporting family members affected by a loved-one’s addiction. She also works in a primary school helping children with learning needs, and enjoys amateur dramatics in her spare time.
is a qualified counsellor who runs her own private counselling practice. She has also worked with Wiltshire Mind. Alongside this, she has run her own hairdressing business for 10 years.
has worked in the field of addiction for several years. She is an experienced facilitator who is trained in safeguarding.
Meet our Champions
Dr Jan Gentaku Mojsa
UKCP Registered Psychotherapist & Supervisor
Visiting Fellow, School of Health and Social Care, Bournemouth University
Families Out Loud offers something very rare. That rarity is to be found in the people who hold the charity and its service to families journeying with addiction. Rather than hiding issues in a shadowy corner, Families Out Loud lovingly and skilfully enable issues to be raised, and words to be spoken. In my view, they have the richest of things – a depth of compassion and knowledge that arises out of experience.
I offer my total support for this unique charity in its support of families struggling to both survive and make sense of the pathways of addiction. They are a family in its truest sense – being there when the going gets tough, offering the kindness and firmness that helps each other to become more of who we are.
Wiltshire Councillor & Trowbridge Town Councillor
Chair of Trustees – Trowbridge Future
Business Support Consultant
Vice Chair of Board of Governors – The John of Gaunt School
Governor – Studley Green Primary School
Charities that are born out of personal experience and genuine compassion provide not only a vital service to those in need, but also enrich the wider communities in which they are embedded. Families Out Loud is such a charity. Created by, and for, those understanding the impacts addiction can have on families, it provides an essential lifeline. I’m very proud to support Families Out Loud who I know are making a difference to people in our community every single day.
News & Updates
Stigmatising someone who uses drugs or alcohol is cruel in the extreme - this powerful video makes the point very well. However, it overlooks a situation many of us find ourselves in when the person who is abusing substances refuses to be helped. Families often...
It is a year ago this week since my 41-year-old son died. He had been an alcoholic for many years but ironically it was not drink that killed him. He overdosed on non-prescription painkillers – his action, almost certainly, a tragic accident but we will never know for...
Boundaries allow you to draw a line between what is acceptable, and what you are not prepared to tolerate, within a relationship. When a loved-one is abusing drugs or alcohol, their chaos can often affect your life and boundaries will help you to manage your own...
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