Gladden Village is a virtual village developed by a small, dedicated voluntary group of compassionate heritage lovers, with a strong belief in the benefits of heritage engagement for health and wellbeing.
Role: Runs Gladden Heritage Apothecary and co-manages Gladden Coffeehouse
Born into a farming family near Pettigo, in the rural borderland of Northern Ireland/Eire but currently live in Scotland, where I manage civic engagement for heritage collections at a university and am involved in research projects relating to social prescribing and non-clinical personalised care.
I happily volunteered to get behind creating Gladden Village primarily because I love meeting people and helping people. I passionately believe in the power of heritage engagement for increasing sense of connection and improving mental health.
Role: Runs Gladden Library & Reading Room and co-manages Gladden Coffeehouse
I was born and raised in sunny Alicante, Spain. After having spent a number of years abroad I have recently relocated to Barcelona. I love volunteering and I am fascinated by culture, heritage and mental health, and the benefits that the former can bring to society. I love studying and learning. Having graduated in Cultural Management MA and Archives and Records Management PGCert, my aim is to keep
discovering more about the link between mental health and heritage & culture.
Role: Co-manages Gladden Coffeehouse
I’m a Board Certified art therapist, independent researcher, and passionate about integrated approaches to health and wellbeing through the arts, culture, heritage and the historic environment. Presently, I live in the Niagara region of Ontario, Canada, and I’m completing a degree in Scottish Heritage at the University of Aberdeen.