Alo Raptopoulos, Founder
Alo teaches Communication & Interpersonal skills to Mental health Nursing students at London South Bank University since 2006, with the aim of increasing therapeutic interventions and effectiveness. An expert in well-being and recovery, she used to provide advice to healthcare orgnisations on care, treatments and access to services. In 2007, she set up VITAL (Vital Involvement in Training & Learning) an Award-winning project (UNLTD, GLEoneLondon) facilitating patients’ increased involvement in higher education and training. Alo, who was able to cope with home life difficulties as a child by learning and practising a range of performing arts, decided to set up ‘CAUSE YOU CAN in 2009. A singer song-writer, musician and ex-ballet dancer, she knows about the potential of live performance towards improving confidence and self-belief. ‘CAUSE YOU CAN was born out of a desire to increase opportunities and equal life chances for young people, so that they can reach their full potential and become successful adults.
Trained and qualified as an Occupational Therapist at the College of Ripon and York St John (North Yorkshire) Marieke has worked in the NHS for 25 years, in a variety of different mental health settings. She is Team leader for the Lambeth-based SHARP: Social Inclusion, Hope and Recovery Project. SHARP is innovative and groundbreaking in providing time-limited, evidence-based interventions focused on well-being and recovery. Researching into news ways of working and modelling leadership characterise Marieke’s practice. She is an expert in a number of therapeutic approaches, including Family and Systemic work, Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness. Marieke has a passion for the arts; she has a particular interest in music and photography. Through personal experience and professional practice, she has observed the transformational impact that visual and performing arts can have on adults and young people, such as connecting and inspiring them.