YARDO is a not-for-profit company creating therapeutically-informed, cross-subsidised programmes for third sector organisations and SMEs.
Our Facilitators are quality-assured, accredited professionals who we appoint for their clinical excellence, depth of compassion and experience of working with a wide spectrum of people.
Our programs are funded by a mix of donations, commissions, grants and in-kind support. We are grateful to all supporters, especially our first two; Green & Co. Charity Ltd and Acton Gardens Community Chest!
YARDO is inspired by my experiences of running community buildings in Brixton; we thrived by addressing local problems creatively and collectively.
It is here that I first encountered mindfulness; after some years l undertook the formal training that enabled me to transform some challenging circumstances.
I am now in advanced training as a Psychotherapist, working with private clients and a collective of inspiring community leaders. I also edit a Buddhist youtube channel as a creative and spiritual hobby.
Paula Watson FRSA - Yardo Founding Director
My work is grounded in a philosophy of inclusiveness and embraces all cultures and identities. I have a deep regard for ordinary human suffering and welcome all experiences.
Samia Nelson MSc - Yardo Director
Adult & Group TA Psychotherapist
Parenting for Additional Needs (SEN) specialism
Teaching with an intersectional lens
I have worked in a variety of settings within the NHS since 2010, and prior to this working in health and social care settings.
I have experience of working with depression, anxiety, OCD, trauma, bereavement and loss, and psychosis.
Dr Charlotte Frankham - Yardo Director
I have collaborated with arts institutions-including the Tate Modern, V&A, Horniman Museum and Pitzhanger Gallery.
Create provision for marginalised young people - work with Bollo Brook Youth centre, Schools & Traveller communities.
Yasmin Dosanjh MSc - Yardo Director
Children & Young People Focus
Art Psychotherapy & Art Practitioner
Health Care Professional Council, Member
Tazzyi was appointed as our first Youth Ambassador in February 2023, with the support of funding from the BAYO Initiative (Ubele).
Currently a full-time student and musician, Tazzyi aims to provide creative opportunities and platforms for young people to express themselves through various art forms.
With the help of Yardo, the aim is to encourage healthy conversations around well-being and mindfulness through music, poetry and spoken word events in and around Ealing as well as directing young people to the support that is available to them.
Jemma has worked with YARDO to deliver Mindfulness for Seniors at the Acton Gardens Community Centre in collaboration with the United Anglo-Caribbean Society.
Jemma is a freelance mindfulness teacher who has been practicing mindfulness for 10 years. Sher attends teacher training courses, workshops and meditation retreats on an ongoing basis.
In addition to her mindfulness teaching, Jemma has over 15 years of experience as a sports television producer. Mindfulness techniques have enabled her to counter-act the pressures of working in a highly demanding industry, and she is passionate about helping others to manage their own stress-related challenges.
She has a particular interest in fostering greater diversity and inclusivity in the mindfulness space.