Shine Bright (NS) CIC is a Community Interest Company based in Leeds, West Yorkshire that was converted in 2021 in response to the increased social, emotional and mental health needs within our communities, due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Founder Nicola Swales explains,
“Our vision is to provide early help and preventative support that helps communities to overcome a broad range of wellbeing issues that could, if not addressed lead to crisis or have adverse effects upon their health, life choices, capacity and aspirations.”
We believe that it is imperative that we protect and empower our communities by equipping them with the tools to build resilience, to self-care and reach their full potential.” Nicola Swales, founder
Shine Bright supports all communities equally, from children, young people to their families. Shine Bright operates within its core values;
Be person centred providing holistic wrap around support to all
Work with hope and aspiration that provides every individual an opportunity to realise their full potential
Harness creativity to explore expression and understanding
Respect and value the unique worth and experience of every individual
Empower individuals to self-care, self-advocate and embrace peer support
Promote communities collective voice and influence in all aspects of transformation and care
Shine Bright’s vision and values are embedded in nearly 20 years of our founder’s experience working with communities’ and their supporters.
Meet the Founder
I am Nicola Swales, a passionate advocate for community wellbeing and charitable support work. With qualifications in the Arts, post graduate Youth and Community Professional Studies, WRAP Advanced facilitator and qualified trainer and nearly 20 years’ experience working across the health and wellbeing sector. I have specialised for years in promoting user and carer voice in service improvement and commissioning, developing the establishment and delivery of a range of early help and preventative wellbeing support services including digital innovation for a range of communities. Most recently I have led and managed the establishment of a children, young people and family bereavement service across Leeds.
I am committed to being creative and providing face to face and digital support that is flexible and bespoke to the individual and group. I am highly experienced in involving those who use services, their carers and those who deliver support in the design, commissioning and delivery of services. I have established Shine Bright upon these foundations with years of consulting with and hearing what children, young people and families need and how we can reach them.
I am an experienced trainer in WRAP, bereavement and wellbeing and have utilised all my skills and experience to develop and design the Shine Bright (NS) CIC wellbeing support service to meet the needs of Leeds communities and across Yorkshire in the future.