Kaleidoscope was founded in 1968 by the Rev Eric Blakebrough. The early history is recorded in the book 'No Quick Fix' by Eric, which is available for £2 from our central office.
Rev Martin Blakebrough BA MA (Hons) (CEO) is a child of Kaleidoscope and returned to the project in 1993. Martin became Kaleidoscope's Chief Executive of Operations in 1998.
Harriet Jacobs(CEO Support)
David Vickery FCCA
Jane Walsh (Finance Assistant)
Bradley Goff (Trainee Finance Assistant)
John Lipscomb (IT Systems Coordinator)
Sian Chicken BA (Gwent Regional Manager) Sian was appointed as a project worker in the original team in Newport. She has managed the Newport service as well as the Kingston service, and became Gwent Regional Manager in 2011.
James Varty BSc, PRINCE2 (Powys Regional Manager). James has had a variety of roles in Kaleidoscope, from Operations Manager in Tredegar and Newport to Business Development and Quality in the Central Team. James has returned to operations in the vital role of regional manager for Powys and has moved with his family to Welshpool.
Leeanne Small (Newport, Community Drug Service) Leeanne also came to Newport service in the early days after working for other agencies in the area. After standing in for Sian during her maternity leave, her position as manager has become permanent.
Gemma Henton BSc (Monmouthshire and Torfaen Alcohol Service) Gemma (Jim) came to Kaleidoscope from Drugaid, where she was a team leader for the DRR. She joined the Kaleidoscope team in March 2009 as the Alcohol Service Manager for Monmouthshire, and now also manages Torfaen.
Kate McDougall RNMH (Gwent Community Prescribing Service Manager). Kate came to Kaleidoscope in April 2010 as a qualified mental health nurse after specialising in substance misuse since leaving university. Kate started off as the Nurse Team Leader for the service but has worked her way up become Service Manager of the Gwent Community Prescribing Service.
Bryan Murrell (Peer Mentoring Team Leader) Bryan has worked within the welfare to work sector since August 2005 and has a strong passion for helping and supporting people to make positive changes to their life. Bryan came to Kaleidoscope in February 2010 and has worked hard to now become the team leader of the Peer Mentoring service project.
James (Herbie) Hancock Herbie and his team have turned the hostel around ensuring our residents get the best possible care. Herbie has a housing background working for organisations such as St. Mungo's and joined Kaleidoscope in 2007 after a year out travelling.
Diane Double (Alfriston Day Centre Manager) Diane has been at Kaleidoscope since 2000 and has demonstrated an indomitable commitment to providing first class services to the elderly.
Lisa Barnfield Lisa became the Service Manager for the Newport Alcohol Service in January 2013 when the service underwent a restructure. Lisa has been working in the substance misuse field since gaining her Post Graduate Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling in 2004.