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.
Flo trained as a dancer at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance Conservatoire in Leeds. During her time there she also qualified as a sports massage therapist specialising in muscular-skeletal rehabilitation. She has been running her own business Foster Therapy for the past 5 years. The most popular of all the treatments she offers is hot stone massage for sports. She is now in residence at a Chiropractic Clinic in Alnwick.
When Flo heard about Smell the Roses she fell in love with the vision. She stated “As someone who is dyslexic and dyspraxic I understand the pain of parents continually advocating for their children and I wanted to give back to that community”. She also explained that “as the Wellbeing Coordinator I will continue to develop the holistic relaxation of nature, plants, breath and massage as we move forward”. During Flo's weekly live videocast she shares her passion for self-sufficient, affordable living in her garden and allotment and works for a local farmer during lambing season.
Ali was brought up in the North East of England, is qualified as a Secondary School Teacher (Biology) and holds a Masters in Education, specialising in Special Educational Needs and Inclusive Practice. During her time in Newcastle (post University) Ali got to know Pauline Grant, and some of the other members of the Smell the Roses team.
Ali now lives in Edinburgh, with her Scottish husband Mark and their son Alyn and has been self-employed as an Administrator (Ali's Admin) since October 2018. She has worked for Smell the Roses on a contract basis since October 2019.
In her spare time Ali loves to: spend time with friends and family (drinking tea and eating cake is the ideal scenario); read books; listen to podcasts; and take Pilates/Zumba classes. She is part of the leadership team at her local church, and spends some time each week doing voluntary work for a UK charity. Pre-Covid, she enjoyed helping out at her son's Primary School on a regular basis.