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.
Carole was born in Scotland but moved to the North East after graduating from university with a degree in design to start her career in the clothing industry. She has a husband, 2 daughters and a dog who all love living near the coast. Although she is a creative sort Carole’s passion is for community, relationship building and seeing others reach their potential. Carole now works for the charity Safe Families For Children and is a PA to a teenager with disabilities. She loves good food, fine wine, colour, organising and meeting new people!
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.