Community Services Lead
Leonie Morris worked for 15 years as a Qualified Social Worker across both adult and children and families services. Leonie previously worked as a Chief Operating Officer for a healthcare charity based predominantly in the Midlands. Leonie has a passion for making a difference in her local community and for working in partnership with other agencies to produce real and long-lasting outcomes for vulnerable adults. Leonie has spent a number of years working in other parts of the country and returned to her Westcountry roots in 2018. Leonie alongside her colleague Jacqui founded the previously successful charity Connecting Lives Cornwall in 2019 but for a variety of reasons relating to the economic and political context both have opted to remodel the work they find so rewarding.
Community Services Lead
Jacqui has had a long, varied and rewarding career as a Registered Nurse spanning some 40 years with her last post being a Lymphoedema specialist Nurse in Nottingham. Jacqui decided not to revalidate her nursing registration in 2018 but had been looking for an opportunity to use her transferrable skills and make a difference to peoples lives. She has witnessed at first hand the impact of social isolation and loneliness on adults physical and psychological health and welcomed the opportunity to support Leonie in initially establishing a registered charity. Jacqui has experienced the particular pressures upon small charities particularly in the current climate of political uncertainty and anxiety around funding for the NHS and Adult Social Care. Jacqui looks forward to working with Leonie in 2020 to develop a new and sustainable model.
Sue Kittow - Local Author and Patron of C.L.A.S.S
"Having suffered from depression in the past, I know how dangerous this problem is and can be, so I was delighted to be asked by Connecting Lives to be a part of their brilliant and much needed work.
More and more of us are living alone, and this can lead to isolation and severe mental health problems. I am more than pleased to support Leonie and Jacqui and hope that Connecting Lives can help many people in our lovely county".
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