My name is Jackie Easton and with the help of family and friends I set up an organisation called Curly Star Dream Foundation.
The charity started after the loss of our daughter Candice who sadly took her own life at the age of 21.
At that time there wasn’t any immediate help or resources for myself or my family to support us.
I realised after some years had passed by and doing research on young people and suicide, I came to the conclusion that there was a need for a service to help and support other families who were in the same so the charity began.
The charity has since evolved with trustees ,voluntary workers, and counsellors all working to support us.
Recently the charity is now supporting people with low mood, and mental health issues, and is gaining recognition in the area of Fife.
The charity delivers presentations, and workshops on the impact of suicide, and has recently completed a campaign which was funded by the lottery of a raising awareness programme called Curly’s Plea which was highly successful.
I am a qualified trainer, assessor and verifier, I have many skills firstly being an excellent listener, with excellent communication skills. I am empathetic, and non-judgemental. I have 30 + years working with vulnerable client groups, and in the past six years – concentrating on mental health issues, and low self-esteem.
I devise an individual training/action plan for each client which is tailored to suit their needs, and in order to ensure that the client is comfortable and has a structure of what the charity can support them with. From this action plan we can review and monitor progress and this also gives us the evidence we require to measure how we are doing as a charity, and this enables us to evaluate our work performance.