Tracey has been living in Spain for 11 years with her husband Tony and 2 children. “For many single parents their lives can be in complete turmoil with many mixed emotions and being in a foreign country, finding the right support can be somewhat difficult.
Guardian Angels and mentoring gives the support that many parents need at crucial times. Having had similar family issues, I know only too well that having someone by your side to listen is such a great help.”
I am Chief Mentor for Guardian Angels and have lived in Javea for 6 years now. My husband and I between us have 5 children ranging from 13 to 29.
I was a single parent for 8 years so I can relate my experiences with a lot of the issues our members have out here.
Back in the UK I trained to be a Counselor and I worked for 10 years with substance misuse clients who were on probation.
Although qualified in Person Centred Counseling I am also trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and in motivational techniques to help encourage healthy habits and also addressing life issues.
I mentor the mentors if they wish to have support and can offer counselling to our members.
Gayle Pook retired to the Costa Blanca in 2016 with partner Mike. Between them they have 4 children and 5 grandchildren. Gayle wanted to become a mentor for Guardian Angels as she has personal experience of family and friends bringing up children as single parents. While working as a primary school teacher she also had contact with many children from single parent families, and understands the difficulties that can sometimes make everyday seem like a huge challenge, and, that here in Spain help is not always easy to find.
Gayle acquired a wealth of mentoring experience later in her career and will always be a willing listener who will do all that she can to help our members to source the information and support that they need for their children and themselves.
Caroline first came to the Costa Blanca 26 years ago where she met her Spanish husband and had her son. Caroline became a single parent when her son was very young but was fortunate enough to have the support of family around locally.
Caroline moved back to Manchester UK with her son and new partner 11 years ago, where she worked as a Youth Offending Mentor, a Mediator and a Family Support Coordinator specialising in social isolation and domestic abuse.
Caroline returned to Spain last year and is looking forward to being able to support single parents who are experiencing challenging times.
I am fortunate enough to live in Spain for much of the year although returning to England to keep in touch with my children and grandchildren. Before retirement I was a teacher specializing in pastoral care and special needs where I developed programmes for young people promoting well-being and stress management. Whatever job you have, being a parent is the most important one you will ever do and sometimes the most difficult. All parents need a helping hand and single parents sometimes especially so as a mentor for Guardian Angels I aim to offer a listening ear, a pat on the back and the encouragement to move forward with confidence.
I am learning more about the systems here in Spain as well as studying the wonderful language and embracing the culture.
Janet has been living in Spain on the Costa Blanca since 2018. She has parenting experience with her 2 sons, now grown up, together with strong interpersonal skills and empathy for those members she works with. Having worked in both the private, public and not for profit sectors in the U.K., she brings a wide variety of practical solutions to members where possible. Janet is a trained facilitator as well as being experienced in advocacy for adults with learning disabilities in the U.K.
Janet has been volunteering with Jalon Valley Help, a local charity and is now looking forward to supporting Guardian Angels’ members as well.
Whilst living in the UK Nilam was a Foster Carer, an Art/Well-being Facilitator, Hypnotherapist and a Fitness Professional working in mainstream and special needs schools, sports centers and within local community groups.
She has a great understanding of how difficult life can be, with or without a partner dealing with lifes’ challenges.
Since moving to Spain in 2010 with her husband and son, she has been learning the lingo and now is also volunteering as a listener for The Samaritans In Spain as she is wanting to be there for the English speaking community.