Cheryl initially trained as a teacher. Her first teaching job on a deprived estate in Devon involved working with youngsters with emotional and behavioural difficulties from challenging family circumstances.
This prompted her re-training as a Children and Families Social Worker. Following time in child protection in Birmingham, Cheryl worked with foster carers in Coventry and as an Education Advisor with Birmingham’s Looked After Children’s Education Service, before joining This Way Up.
This Way Up is a Solihull charity working in schools with young people struggling to cope with loss as a result of bereavement or family breakdown. Cheryl has been the Director of This Way Up since 2015. In that time the team of Pastoral Mentors she oversees has expanded three-fold.
The charity’s aim is to work in every school in Solihull such that every child in need can be supported to understand and process their emotions and build their resilience. Cheryl is passionate about seeing young people thrive and believes this is God’s intention for their lives.
In her own journey of faith she is learning how to partner with God as He works in and through these young people.
She is married to Andy and has 2 active boys. Most weekends she can be found watching them play for various football teams. She enjoys eating out with friendsand walks with pub lunches, preferably with a sea view.