We are a team of skilled practitioners who are passionate about the work we do. We learn from world leading experts and adapt our practice to meet the needs of the people we work with. We keep up-to-date with the latest research and use evidence-based techniques.
We provide resourceful solutions that can be implemented in an insightful way.
We understand the needs of our clients and always adopt a ‘first, do no harm’ approach.
We partner with clients and related professionals to encourage positive and long-lasting change.
We explore new and innovative ways of doing things in order to create ‘fit for purpose’ solutions.
MEET OUR TEAM
Meet the ‘peas in our pod’ and find out about some of our treasured possessions.
In 2014, after a period of study with The Institute for Challenging Disorganisation, Linda became the UK’s only practitioner to hold Specialist Certificates in Chronic Disorganisation & Hoarding Disorder; an accolade she still holds today.
Prior to setting up Life-Pod in 2012, Linda had a successful career in the utilities and finance sectors where ultimately, she held a senior position as a change communications and engagement manager.
Over the years, I have acquired a wee herd of elephants. Like me, they value loyalty and compassion, and like to offer comfort and support with a simple hug.
I have a very eclectic taste in tunes – ranging from ABBA to Zappa, but i’m selective about listening devices and my Harbeth speakers are a prized possession.
When not working, I enjoy pottering at home or in my small garden space nurturing my plants . There’s something soothing about planting shrubs and flowers and watching them flourish.
Roger’s career in mental health started in 2003 as a support worker, and has since progressed steadily in the health & social care profession into senior service delivery roles.
Roger believes the feeling of assisting someone to fulfil some of their goals in life is at the same time, humbling and uplifting; and to help a fellow human being with whatever challenges they may have, find a way through a difficult time in their life is healing for all involved.
To Kill A Mockingbird
I readthis book in school and was immediately impacted by pathos, hypocrisy, contradictions in all societies.
Given to me by a friend from Thailand for protection and safety; wherever I travel it is always with me.
Connects me to NZ through a Maori “Mere”. Its timelessness, and simple design remind me of my youth.
Alesha has worked in social care for over 12 years. She is fascinated by human behaviour and believes that all actions or activities serve a purpose for a person.
Alesha is passionate about helping people to find strategies to improve their quality of life.
I have lots of pairs of Converse (trainers are my thing!) but these are my oldest and most favourite pair; complete with skull and star doodles! I still wear these from time to time but certainly not when its raining as they have little left in the way of soles!
Painting and Art is my biggest passion in life so my palette, paints, brushes and sketchbooks are always out. Some of my paintbrushes I have had since going to Art College (many moons ago) and much like my Converse trainers, there is little left in the way of bristles!
I love sitting out of an evening, with a fire roaring beside me, some music playing and the breeze lifting the scent of the lavender plants. As you can see, lots of different ‘stuff’ makes it’s way into the garden and gets repurposed as planters including an old dog bowl, a candelabra and a china basin!
Ruth has always worked in people centred roles: she started her career in the hospitality industry before moving into social care.
Having moved home too many times to count, she understands the challenges that come with trying to let go of some things and to find a place and purpose for those things that matter. Ruth believes that with the right kind of support aspirations to do both can be met.
I love the sky, and when the sky and the sea are together, even better. The sky is constantly changing and being able to see it stops me feeling claustrophobic. I am lucky enough to get the most amazing sunsets from my kitchen window.
I find art in random places and like to support artists when I can.
I love unusual furniture, beauty, and functionality in one go! I generally get mine from charity shops or car boot sales, and really need to learn how to refurbish.
finance and operations
Diane has been a Director of Life-Pod since the outset and brings a wealth of business knowledge to Life-Pod gained through 30 year’s experience working in a variety of industries.
Diane combines her role at Life-Pod with volunteering for a local Community Benefit Society.
I enjoy travelling independently and getting immersed into the culture of places I visit. I like to stay in locally run accommodation and sampling their food and drinks. Vietnam would be my recommendation to anyone wanting to travel to a place where not only is the experience amazing, the food is affordable and delicious.
I am happy in a rustic, cheap and cheerful cafe but also appreciate the wonderful food and experience in a Michelin star restaurant. I enjoy cooking for friends and family and my 3 key ingredients for a great meal out have to be tasty food, good ambience and great company.
No beige in my house – whilst I do admire the Kelly Hoppen look it is not for me. I enjoy choosing fabrics/materials and other accessories to furnish my home and am often found embellishing pieces to create an interesting look.