Who We Are
Antonietta Moch (she/her), Chief Executive (Interim)
Antonietta has over 20 years of experience working in the voluntary sector with a proven career in developing and delivering mental health, sexual health and relationship education and training. She has managed many commissioned projects and contracts, which have helped the growth and sustainability of YiS.
In addition to this, she has substantial knowledge in wellbeing training and person-centred working practices and is a keen motivational leader. Antonietta is a trained Mental Health First Aider with a Train the Trainer qualification in Mental Health Sports and Physical Activity (MHSPA) and Child Exploitation Online Prevention (CEOP) and a qualification in Happiness Life Coaching.
Wellbeing Tip: "No matter what is going on in life, no matter how the body feels, take a moment to breathe in deep and exhale with a big whoosh"
Charlotte Carr (she/her), Education and Wellbeing Practitioner
Charlotte is fascinated by people, which led her to a degree in Psychology and Sociology. Whilst studying, she picked modules that focussed on children and young people and individuality. She has an awareness and understanding that every person is unique and should be treated as such. She is incredibly passionate about proactively supporting children and young people’s mental health, as well as breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health. She has volunteered for a few organisations, such as Shout and YiS Young People’s Mental Health. Both of these provided a variety of training opportunities, most notably in safeguarding, equality and diversity, introduction to a variety of mental health issues, supporting people in a crisis, and becoming a Wellbeing Champion.
Wellbeing Tip: “Self-care is not selfish, it’s essential”
Katie Neal (she/her), Education and Wellbeing Practitioner
Katie started volunteering at YiS four years ago when she was still studying for her Psychology degree at university. She started working for YiS after she graduated and specialises in the wellbeing of young people. She gives one-to-one coaching sessions, which enables a young person to talk about their thoughts and feelings in a safe environment. Katie's aim is to promote young people's self-belief and confidence as well as improve their wellbeing and mental health to enable them to be the happiest, healthiest version of themselves.
Wellbeing Tip: "Nothing is too small or trivial to talk about. If it's on your mind, let's talk it out"
Ben Wise (he/him), Education and Wellbeing Practitioner
Ben has spent his whole career working with young people, from Youth Facilitator for Community Learning Milton Keynes to Programme Coordinator at Police Now in London, with plenty in-between. In this exciting phase of his career, Ben has joined YiS as an Education and Wellbeing Practitioner. He is currently studying for a BSc in Psychology with Counselling so that he can support young people's mental health as a psychologist. Ben has specialist training and experience with young people who are neurodivergent and embeds anti-ableism into his practice.
Wellbeing Tip: "Don't apologise for feeling something or feeling a lot"
Johnny Lewis-Vaike (they/she), Education and Wellbeing Practitioner
Johnny started volunteering with YiS after they attended the first Ride High Wellbeing Project. Having lived experience, Johnny is passionate about ways to help young people with their Mental Health and Wellbeing. Johnny's aim is to help provide and promote a safe environment to talk, share, and learn about Mental Health and Wellbeing.
Wellbeing Tip: “Just because no one else can heal or do your inner work for you doesn't mean you can, should, or need to do it alone"