It is said that;
‘Home is where the Heart is’
It may be a little hackneyed yet this very sentiment lies at the ‘heart’ of ‘Jane’s Place’. This and my love of meeting new people has drawn me quite naturally to create a welcoming, nurturing space and opening my doors for others to enjoy. However, Jane’s Place wasn’t planned at the beginning and started quite organically. One of my neighbours, a yoga teacher asked to run some classes here and then a mindfulness teacher asked if she could run a course here. Things just started from there. The room is now booked most days or evenings.
Jane’s Place is a room with many uses! It’s a flexible space, seating up to 14 & is perfect for coworking, meetings, workshops, company away days, supper clubs & fitness classes. It’s a growing community and attracts clients from local businesses, the health & well-being sector, creative’s and hospitality. People say it is an inspiring space which helps nurture creative thought. I also offer tasty, wholesome refreshments & guests enjoy my home bakes and raw chocolates.
I love all the people I get to meet through running Jane’s Place! It really is a growing community and I’m lucky enough to attend a large variety of inspiring workshops and events here. I support people the best I can to develop their own business by linking them up with others, promoting their events and being a soundboard for ideas whilst in the planning stages.
I was the Support and Development Manager for an international development charity, Music as Therapy International until I left end of March 2017 after 17 years! It is a brilliant charity (I’m now a Trustee) but I found my passions were increasingly drawn to developing Jane’s Place. I’m now looking to facilitate some workshops here myself drawing on my experience of managing projects, strategic planning, skill-sharing, supporting teams and developing communities.
Before working at the charity, my background was in the hospitality industry. I was fortunate enough to work for Rhubarb Food Design from start up. Their creative flair & excellent cuisine attracted the rich and famous, including clients such as Elton John, Andrew Lloyd Webber and the Royal Family. Glitz and glamour, exciting times! At the same time I decided to develop my interests in complimentary therapies & qualified as a Massage Therapist, Aromatherapist and later attained a Diploma in Seated Acupressure Massage. I used these skills to work part time with a wide range of clients, including those with emotional and mental health support needs and employees in corporate environments. My interest in different therapies grew & I left hospitality to work for Music as Therapy International.
To read more about my work with Music as Therapy International please click here. To find out more about me, my life, family and friends, please click here to read an interview for Local Mums in Business.