Sheppey Matters is a registered charity working for better health on the Isle of Sheppey. Established over twenty years, it provides over 12 health and well-being community services from the Sheppey Healthy Living Centre in Sheerness, two outreach locations in Eastchurch and many other community venues around the Isle of Sheppey, including two healthy living café’s.
Many of our projects are household names; The Community Chef and Sheppey Wheels are our most established. Our projects cover a wide range of ages and abilities and are fully inclusive. Our dedicated, hard-working and passionate team of over 20 full and part time staff, ably assisted by over 60 volunteers and not forgetting a fully involved and community minded board of trustees, provides year-round activities, programmes, courses, trips and general advice and assistance.
Nigel is at the helm of a multi-talented and skilled team delivering a wide range of Sheppey based Projects. He has a travel & tourism and youth work background. He is also a trustee for Age UK Sheppey.
Rebecca is the Manager of Sheppey Matters overseeing the day to day running of the organisation as well as the Project Manager for Isle Connect You. Rebecca is a key line manager, supporting all of our projects. She is a keen fund-raiser and is passionate about reaching our community.
Nicola manages a wide variety of Health and Well-Being Activities across the Isle of Sheppey including the Well Life Project.
I am the Healthy Living Centre Coordinator, organising room hire, event planning and networking with support organisations. I also facilitate the Community Wardrobe which gives pre-loved school uniform to those who need it. I also present The Sheppey Matters Afternoon show on a Friday on our Community Radio Station – 92.2 Sheppey FM.
Julie is the Project Manager for Sheppey FM, securing funding and providing community liaison and volunteer support including training and broadcasting within the Radio Station. She has 12 years experience in this industry.
Beverley began working with Sheppey Matters as a part-time Project Manager to support children and families with special educational needs. She devised a specialised, fun and dynamic psycho-education programme to support and educate children and families who are diagnosed with Neurodiverse conditions. For the past four years the project has been funded via BBC Children in Need and has proven an invaluable resource throughout Sheppey and the Swale area.
Jason is The Community Chef. He has been with Sheppey Matters for over 5 years now. He works amongst the community to teach needed culinary life skills as well as working alongside schools to improve student's food tech skills.
Vince has been with Sheppey Matters for many years. He is one of our Mini Bus drivers ensuring our members get to and from their day trips safely.
Elaine runs the Youth and After Schools clubs. She has 16 years youth and community experience.
Julie works with Kent Sport and teaches Nordic Walking for our walking program. Her role is varied and can involve anything from supporting an individual to find a suitable activity that meets their needs, linking groups and facilities together, supporting the promotion and development of a new activity, supporting access to training or funding, working with health professional. She also works on articles and promote good physical and mental health, which is something she is very passionate about.
Rebecca’s role as project co-ordinator at Isle Connect You involves meeting seniors experiencing feelings of loneliness or isolation and reintroducing them into the community through befriending, working on self-esteem and offering social opportunities to get involved with various groups and activities that the island has to offer. Rebecca also successfully runs the Sheppey Song Signing Choir, that has a 34-strong membership from all walks of life.
Mikaela is proactive with people in our community on the Isle of Sheppey. She is there to support and help their journey back to independence. She aims to improve people’s self-esteem and confidence through support and access to local amenities, recreational or social activities.
Originally starting as a volunteer with Sheppey FM in 2014 and ending as Station Manager in 2021, Russell has now been with Sheppey Matters for 18 months. Starting as the Project Manager with Sheppey Wheels, he is now responsible for the Men’s mental health group 'Mentalk' which is helping to break the taboo that men do not talk about their problems. Russell also works in finance as a credit controller and general finance clerk.
Gemma is part of the Well Life project and looks after the Sheppey Matters allotment plot in Sheerness, working within the community. The aim of the allotments is to create a space where people of all abilities can learn and develop skills and enjoy the mental wellbeing and health benefits that gardening brings.
Sadie runs the Youth Training at Sheppey FM and takes young people through their arts awards, alongside other youth training projects with Sheppey Matters and Sheppey FM, working closely with local schools and colleges.
Wayne is responsible for all of the shows, show schedules, editing, production and programming of the station and looking after the overall output at Sheppey FM.
Lily's role includes assisting with tablets, phones, laptops and more as well as keeping Sheppey Matters social media and website up to date. She ensures members of the community have access to the internet as well as the relevant education about the digital world that is rapidly increasing around us.
Jacky has worked for Sheppey Matters for many years now as a driver for Sheppey Wheels. Jacky drives our customers around the island and beyond on our day trips! Jacky also loves cycling and walking her dog. She looks forward to seeing you on one of our many trips!
Kay started off as a volunteer with Sheppey Matters around 8 years ago. She is now our Eastchurch Hub housekeeper as well as a relief bus driver.
First row (left to right): Lily, Nicola, Wayne, Nigel, Sadie, Jackie, Elaine, Becky
Second row: (left to right): Sally, Russell, Amanda, Kelly, Vince
If you would like to support the work we do then please donate whatever you can via the PayPal button below:
c/o Sheppey Healthy Living Centre
Off the Broadway,
Tel: 01795 585335