Kaleidoscope Project is the alcohol treatment center and drug rehabilitation clinic for families suffering from narcotic and chemical dependency and addiction to alcohol and other drugs.
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Meet The Team

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.

Kaleidoscope central Team

The Central Management Team

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)


Operations Managers

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.

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.

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.