WHO WE ARE
FOUNDER AND CHAIR
Pauline grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She moved to Cardiff, Wales to study at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. After graduating Pauline moved to the North East of England and taught Drama in a Secondary School. She married Stuart, who is originally from Essex. They have one daughter, who is funny, feisty, loyal, kind and quirky. The family has experienced difficulties along the way, which led Pauline to want to support Mums particularly with children with additional needs, whatever form that need may take. So seeded Smell the Roses.
Marjorie is a specialist teacher, having previously taught in mainstream and special schools. She has post graduate qualifications in special educational needs and autism. Working in partnership with parents is of vital importance in Marjorie’s work with children. Having experience of additional needs within her own family has given Marjorie some insight of the challenges as well as the joys of parenting such children. Marjorie is excited to be involved in developing support, through Smell the Roses, to care for the carers. Marjorie enjoys crafting, baking and walking and cycling along the coast.
Steph works part-time as a Primary School Administrator and loves lists and spreadsheets. As treasurer of Smell the Roses she aims to keep track of the bills and receipts for the ReTreat days. She fills the rest of her time with a variety of activities including choral singing, leading a children’s church group, walking in Northumberland and ceilidh dancing.
Maureen grew up in the south of England but has moved around since marrying her husband, Tony. She has lived in Surrey , Essex, Lincolnshire, West Yorkshire and spent a year in Dallas,Texas before moving to the NE in September 2018. She originally worked in the Civil Service but has always had an interest in families and worked in a voluntary capacity in Mums/Carers and toddler groups and a drop in centre. Maureen trained later as a therapeutic counsellor specialising in pregnancy related issues. She has 2 married grown up sons and 5 granddaughters. She is pleased to be part of Smell the Roses and has a desire to be available for the Mums and Carers in whatever capacity is needed. Maureen enjoys gardening, reading and walking.
Jen grew up in Hull and moved to Newcastle for university. She is married to George and they live in the Tyne Valley with their two children, one of whom has cerebral palsy. Although the first few years of their daughter’s life were very tough, Jen has enjoyed getting to know other special needs mums and supporting each other. She came to the first ReTreat day and couldn’t help but get more involved in the fantastic work Smell The Roses is doing. Jen works at VODA, part of an initiative to encourage small, neighbourly acts of kindness in the community, with the aim of ending loneliness in North Tyneside. Jen enjoys any opportunity to socialise, being part of her local book club, going to the gym and meeting new people.