About us......

The Vulture Club was formed by a group of local West Cumbrian volunteers who through their own working experience and participation within the recovery field felt that there was a real need to provide contextual support to people who were trying to recover from substance addiction. 

The use of art and cultural pursuits as diversionary activities prompted the name of Culture Vultures that quickly became Vulture Club.

   Our combined experience recognised a need for assistance and support for individuals with emotional issues who were having significant difficulty engaging in the larger community.

We were lucky enough to win a prestigious award for our services to our community.

West Cumbria Community Heroes Award 2014
    The Vulture Club currently consists of three volunteer facilitators all of whom are founder members. 

William Miller - Cambridge Dip Theology, Advanced Dip Counselling / psychotherapy BACP Accredited), Dip Clinical Hypnotherapy, Dip EMDER Practitioner level 3, Cert Transactional Analysis Counselling, Cert Motivational Interviewing, Cert Drugs Alcohol Counselling, Cert Solution Focus Work, Cert Emotional Freedom Technique, Adult Education Teaching Cert, ENB 930 Cert Care & support of individuals with HIV /AIDS in the Community, Registered NHS Mental Health Officer (retired).

William has worked in a wide field of social care within the NHS, for the last 25 years until his retirement 6 years ago. He has worked as a substance misuse counsellor , and a HIV/AIDS services co-ordinator. He has also run counsellor training and personal development programs and provided counselling supervision for workers in various local services . He is also a very talented artist specialising in paper cutting work. 

Maggie Messenger – R.C.G.P Cert in Management of Drug Misuse. TA101 Cert. CSS Community Care Assessment Accreditation. VACTS counsellor and supervision accreditation(retired) Maggie is an ex drug and alcohol counsellor, supervisor and trainer who has over 20 years of experience working  with service users and providers. She has worked locally as a commercial artist and graphic designer and is an artist in her own right – she understands and promotes the importance of art therapy in particular as a creative tool to aid recovery.

David Judd - David is in his 7th year of alcohol recovery. He has a drink and drug misuse history of over 41 years and as such has experienced significant health problems that he still struggles with today. He has had a working background within the Citizens Advice organisation and uses his knowledge of social welfare law to assist others in their first stages of vulnerable recovery . He is able to empathise with new and existing members and is regarded as a valuable peer mentor. David is currently working within our Root to Recovery framework and supports Citizen Advice referrals . David is also a very talented Photographer.

We are joined from April 2018 by Annie Wilson (3rd from the left) experienced practitioner in teaching adults. She will be delivering Creative Writing with Drama and will use her own learning from experience to respond to our members' needs.    "I am very excited to be joining the Vulture Club team and thank everyone here for the warm welcome. I look forward to participating in the therapeutic process through imaginative, descriptive, exploratory narrative - and lots of fun!"

Annie Wilson has qualifications in teaching, (including B. Ed. Drama and Level 4 Literary Subjects Specialist), Mediation Skills and Neurolinguistic Programming. She draws on her wide experience of working in Community Education and Mental Health to facilitate Creative Writing, Drama, Personal Development and Discussion groups at Vulture Club. She implements mainly the “Free Writing” method, recognising the therapeutic effect of putting ideas and experience down on paper in a group setting. She has worked with many groups in and around West Cumbria before joining Vulture Club. Today she facilitates Living History in residential homes and Creative Writing workshops in local arts centres alongside her work with us.

This video is from an interview with Border Television  in July 25th 2019

28 Church Street Whitehaven Cumbria CA28 7EB
Contact: 01946 599553
Email: vultureclub2012@gmail.com
Facebook Page: www.Facebook.com/vultureclub2012
Registered Charity Number 1157909