Kesoberi CIC aims to provide services for the benefit of adults, young people and children in West Cornwall through a diverse range of social, therapeutic and creative activities.
We launched an open-door youth club in Penzance and Newlyn in December 2022 which provides young people with a warm, safe, supported space to be, with opportunities for education, learning new skills and creative activities.
We also aim to provide therapeutic services for adults and young people in our community bringing people together through a range of therapeutic groups in arts and nature-based activities and talking therapies.
Our team consists of experienced, skilled and resourceful professionals committed to building community. With many years of experience working with marginalised groups, the directors and collaborators are passionate about providing a creative wellbeing service for the local community.
Fi Garrard is a horticultural therapist, and has been a BACP registered adult, child and adolescent counsellor for over 15 years.
Fi is a counselling supervisor and has been a counselling tutor at Cornwall College on the Level 2 course and continues to teach Ecopsychology as part of a diversity module.
Fi developed a programme to deliver therapeutic forest school sessions to year 6 children, to help with the difficult transition from a small primary school to a large secondary school.
She has been running a rural open-door youth club for 7-11 year olds for 3 years and also delivers sessional youth work for Pz & Newlyn Youth Project. Fi plans to offer 1:1 and therapy and group work for the young people.
Catherine Lucktaylor is a ceramic artist and curator with a background in community arts, art and mental health and arts project management.
Catherine has always worked in the arts whilst maintaining her own art practice and spent 3 years as part of the decibel team at Arts Council England South East, which was an outreach project to encourage more artists of mixed heritage to apply to the Arts Council Grants for the Arts programme. She is a founder member of Kowetha Black and Mixed Parentage Families Group in Cornwall and was Chair for 3 years and is committed to supporting marginalised people with their access to the arts as a source of wellbeing
Catherine is an experienced project manager and has developed and led many art-based projects managing large budgets.
Safeguarding lead María Stayne is a BACP registered Psychotherapist who specialises in trauma interventions and has 12 years experience working with survivors of domestic abuse and sexual abuse with both West Cornwall Women’s Aid and First Light.
María has a 500 hour teacher training diploma from The Devon School of Yoga and Certification in TRE (Trauma Release Exercises). María works in a trauma informed somatic way with clients and delivers group work. She is in the process of completing a 3 year qualification in Shamanic Studies.
Maria delivers sessional youth work for the Pz and Newlyn Youth Project and plans to offer group work and therapeutic yoga for the young people.
Bek Breslaw is project managing the youth project. Through her role as Social Prescribing Community Development Worker for Age UK Cornwall & IOS she applied for the original funding which launched the youth project.
She has experience with Children’s services including child protection, fostering, adoption and autism when she worked for Cornwall Council as part of a Social Work team in the early 2000s. She has experience and training in Domestic abuse and she has worked more recently in both the NHS and the charity sector in mental health.
Bek has a strong network locally with the Council, Police, Primary and Secondary care. She is qualified to level 4 in counselling and level 5 in Youth, Community and Development.
Bek has run her own businesses and project managed arts-based initiatives which have involved holding and managing budgets.