About us

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Twining Enterprise exists to improve mental wellbeing through helping people with mental health problems find and stay in work, and over 25 years we have been changing the lives of individuals across London.

Our tailored employment support service is there to help individuals with mental health problems living in London get into mainstream employment. We inspire hope and create opportunity, ensuring our clients can access high quality information, advice and motivational coaching to help them reach their work-related goals and aspirations.

We also work directly with employers, forming partnerships to offer our clients vacancies. We work to create an inclusive and diverse workforce which values mental wellbeing, and challenges stigma and discrimination wherever it is found.

Vision

Twining’s vision is of a world where individuals with mental health problems can enjoy the same life and work opportunities as everyone else.

We believe everyone should be able to enjoy the benefits that work provides, but also access support in times of difficulty without disruption. We want all individuals, whatever their circumstances, to be fully accepted members of their community and our services work towards achieving this. 

 

Values

Our values guide us in everything we do.

Our staff embody them, they underpin our services, and are the basis of all relationships with both clients and employers. This is why Twining Enterprise continues to drive change.

People first - We will put people’s mental wellbeing first.

Seek solutions - We will find new ways forward and make an impact.

Empower others - We will give people the means to succeed.

Act with integrity - We will do what’s right and speak up when something isn’t right.

Fairness at work - We will act fairly, encourage fairness and challenge stigma.

Connect and collaborate - We will build strong relationships.

 

Our People

Our staff and trustees are committed to increasing wellbeing and creating positive change in individuals experiencing mental health problems.

Twining Enterprise has over 40 staff members, many of whom have the lived-experience of mental health problems and are representative of the diverse communities we serve. We understand, the effects of poor mental health, and we are passionate about assisting people in their journey to recovery.

Our Trustees

Twining is governed by 10 Trustees each with specialisms and leading on themes including Finance, HR, IT, Business Development, Risk Management, Safeguarding, Health & Safety and Equality and Diversity:

  •  Chair - Liz Meek CBE
  • Vice Chair - Joanne Gratrick
  • Treasurer – Richard White (starting 4th January)
  • Roger Rawlinson
  • Simon Smith
  • Gemma Bullivant
  • Kate Holliday
  • Monika Fernando
  • Isaac Freeling
  • Shivana Louwerse

Our Leadership

  • CEO – Oliver Jacobs
  • Company Secretary and Head of Finance & Operations – Eddie Loughin
  • Service Director – Riona Athisegaran
  • Service Director IPS Works – Mark Burrett

 

Our History

Since 1995 we have been providing employment support to individuals with mental health problems across London.

25 years later we remain at the forefront, constantly evolving to meet future and existing challenges. Originally formed out of a local mental health day service in the 1990s by staff and service users who wanted to develop support into employment for people with mental health problems, our mission remains the same.