Meet the Team

Neshomo is chaired by a psychiatrist and staffed by qualified and experienced mental health practitioners.

Dov Brysh

Male Outreach Worker​

Dov is the male outreach worker for Neshomo. He is the first point of contact for the male services as well as supervising the male befriending program. 

Professional background:

Dov is a Low-Intensity CBT practitioner within the IAPT program, focussing on anxiety, depression, phobias and OCD. Dov is currently studying for a post-grad in Advanced Practice Interventions for Primary Mental Healthcare at the University of Manchester

Racheli Bass

Female Outreach Worker​

Racheli is the female outreach worker for Neshomo - she is the first point of contact for any females that contact the service. 

Professional background:

Racheli is an Integrative Psychotherapist in private practice (BACP accredited), specialising in anxiety, depression, trauma and sexual abuse. Her qualifications include B.Sc. Psychology and Counselling, PGDip Applied Psychology and MA Counselling from the University of Manchester. Racheli has researched Mental Health issues within the Jewish Community, including Autism, Domestic Violence and the impact of the Holocaust.

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Shulamit Chesner

Mental Health and Wellbeing Library

Shulamit runs the bespoke mental health and wellbeing library service in response to case need and interest. This includes sourcing and signposting for individuals and recognising and filling communal gaps by informing and educating. Shulamit has worked for Neshomo since it was founded and is a volunteer befriender for Neshomo as well.

Professional background:

Shulamit has experience working in a variety of fields within the charity, social care, and public sector.

Having spent a number of years in local Council, Manchester’s FED, and currently Ezra Care, Shulamit focuses on assisting those in need, where possible easing the burden of physical illness and mental health needs.

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Estelle Gillis

Link Worker

Estelle is an external observer and advisor for Neshomo. She has initiated several processes used within this service and has strong links with various community resources both statutory and non-statutory.
 

Professional background:

Estelle recently retired from her position as Senior Practitioner for Occupational Therapy within the Mental Health Services of Salford. Estelle worked within the NHS in Occupational Therapy for over 37 years in a variety of mental health clinical settings. She is a volunteer for many organisations, engaging with various ages. She has a DipCOT (Diploma of College of Occupational Therapy) and is HCPC registered.

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Jodie Pereira

Female Support Worker

Jodie has a degree in Applied Consumer Studies from Salford University. She has worked in different roles within the Jewish community for the past 14 years, including working at Keren as a key worker supporting girls practically and emotionally. She has also worked as a University Chaplain with part of the role involved counselling and advising students dealing with mental health related issues. 

Michael Price

Male Support Worker

Michael is an experienced Level 3 Support Worker with a background in Learning Disabilities and Mental Health residential care. He completed his Adult Care Diploma in a step down care service for people on delayed hospital discharge from mental health wards across Greater Manchester. 

Laura Taylor

Social Prescriber

Laura has experience working within the NHS and other charities within the community in various roles.

She has a BSc in Psychology as is currently studying as a Post Graduate student in the mental health field.

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Elisheva Kahan

Administrator​ & Social Prescriber

Elisheva is the Administrator for Neshomo. She ensures the smooth running of our service, in particular ensuring that our befrienders are DBS checked and references are checked. Elisheva also manages Neshomo's social prescribing activities.

Leah Raffles

Project Manager

 

Leah is the Project Manager for Neshomo. She is working "behind the scenes" to set up, coordinate and facilitate the smooth progress of projects.

Professional background:

Leah is a qualified social worker and has a PhD in Applied Social Science. She has been project manager for a Children’s Centre and has worked in a variety of fields in and out of the charity and education sector.

 

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Dr David Marshall

Chairman​

David is a consultant psychiatrist, retired from the NHS after working for 25 years in North Manchester General hospital.  He now sees patients privately at a medical centre called Perrin Clinic in Prestwich.  David deals with people with a range of conditions, including anxiety and depression; and mental illness (psychosis and OCD) .

 

David has been very involved since 2015 in helping to set up Neshomo and its development to the present.

David trained in Liverpool and Manchester and has MB, ChB, DPM, MRCPsych qualifications.

Pat Joseph 

Trustee​

Pat has spent her career as a consultant community pharmacist and as a prescribing support pharmacist.  She is a serving Manchester Magistrate.

 

Pat volunteered as fund raiser and Governor for a local Jewish school for many years.  She works for Emunah and has edited the Kiryat Gat Calendar for the last five years.

 

Her qualifications are B.Sc. MRPharmS , Dip. Comm. Pharmacy

Elaine Marshall

Trustee​

Elaine has been a trustee for Neshomo since it was first founded. 

Elaine is a retired community pharmacist and is currently working as PA/Admin for a medicolegal company.  She also previously worked as a  marriage counsellor For JMC Manchester for over 20 years.

As well as helping Neshomo, Elaine volunteers for a charity packing clothes for Israel families and teaches children who need extra help after school. 

Linda Ross 

Trustee

Linda assists Neshomo with admin and HR advice, as she was a HR manager for more than 10 years with a Care Home in London.  She also assisted staff in her children's primary school to get the benefits they were entitled to.  

 

She saw how anyone can suffer from poor mental health, at any age, and regardless of their financial situation.  She is especially aware of the emotional pressures on women who live with the stresses and strains of living with fertility problems.

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Clive Moss-Barclay

Trustee 

Clive has spent most of his career working for the NHS in senior hospital and managerial positions as well as a Director in Community Pharmacy.

 

Clive has occupied a variety of voluntary positions including School Governor and Executive Member for a number of Jewish Charities including the Jewish Association for Fostering and Adoption and the Jewish Representative Council of Greater Manchester.

 

Clive retired from the NHS in 2015 and is currently a Trustee for Neshomo, the Prestwich Hebrew Congregation and the Number One Boys Club. 

Clive has BSc, MSc and MRPharmS qualifications

Michael Lowe

Trustee

Michael joined Neshomo as a trustee in April 2021, having retired from IBM in February. The majority of his career has been spent in technical IT roles, specialising in enterprise grade software used by most of the UK retail banks. He also spent four years as a Technical Sales Manager at IBM.

 

He continues to do some freelance IT training and also teaches English as a second language. Formerly a Foundation Governor at Broughton Jewish Primary School, he is a member and trustee of Shomrei Hadass synagogue, Prestwich.

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Neshomo is endorsed and supported by Rabbi Kestenbaum, Rabbi Eisenberg, Rabbi Walker and Dayan Westheim זצ"ל