Eva Vavrova, Founder
Eva has 20 years experience in supporting individuals and groups with challenging life circumstances. She has developed a mixture of physical & mental health, and group dynamics, techniques through her world travels and study of social sciences, leadership, counselling, yoga, mindfulness and meditation. Eva's journey to setting up the Reconnection social enterprise was shaped by deep personal development following several crisis points in her own life.
Her preventive approach enables people to maintain healthy, content lifestyles in order to avoid crisis points, rather than dealing with them reactively after the event. Eva is particularly passionate about working with clients who suffer from loneliness and isolation, unable to access appropriate social and health care services.
Tom Procter, Community Support
Tom became involved in Reconnection having seen the positive results of the services being offered, in himself as well as in others. Tom's loss of people close to him, along with his own health issues, had been taking their toll for a long time.
He thought he might be able to support Eva's vision and challenges by lending her a little of his time … how wrong could he have been! He is now a Director of the social enterprise where, thankfully, a distant memory of his working life in a bank means he is able to support the team behind the scenes while the real work goes ahead.
Sarah Young, Workshops, Advisor and Delivery
Sarah has been working in a mainstream school for 10 years with children with learning difficulties. She has a particular passion for Autism. Sarah relishes the challenge working with Reconnection has given her and is excited to now be able to work with young adults with learning disabilities.
Richard Whiting MRSS, Therapist
Richard is a Member of the Register of the Shiatsu Society, having studied at the Shiatsu School Edinburgh. During his training, Richard completed over 500 hours of training including more than 200 hours of peer reviewed hands on practice. The course focused on personal development, ‘Ki’ awareness, developmental exercises, and an in-depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology and professional and ethical practice. In addition, Richard has been practicing Thai Chi, Yoga and hands on healing work since 1996.
The rigorous and extensive nature of this Shiatsu training sets the bar in holistic therapy and body work and has prepared Richard for solid professional practice over the long term, which he is happy to share within the Reconnection workspace.
Eva Mitchell, Therapist
Having been aware of the benefits of massage for many years, after returning to work having being a full-time mum, she decided to change her career to become a massage therapist herself. Eva recharges her batteries in nature and transfers this energy to her clients.
Reconnection allows Eva to do the work she is passionate about in a challenging setting, with vulnerable and marginalised clients.
Sabine Kovats, Therapist
Sabine has worked as a qualified Shiatsu Practitioner since 2012. For her, touch is the magic of Shiatsu which she uses to support a release of physical and emotional problems that can manifest in the body. She creates a space allowing a deep connection of body, mind and spirit. Instead of always doing you can just be.
She feels honoured to share her passion within the Reconnection project.
Suzie, Project & Fundraising Advisor
In spite of an acquired brain injury, epilepsy and complex needs, Suzie is a caring young lady in her 20s who is determined to live life to the full. She loves horse riding, animals, music, holidays and meeting friends.
Volunteering with Reconnection gives Suzie the perfect opportunity to work as part of a team, learn new skills, improve her life and social skills, and develop her independence.
Andrew, Community Representative
Andrew is a very happy sociable young man, with a great sense of humour. He loves swimming and is a big fan of MUFC. He approaches everything with enthusiasm.
Volunteering with Reconnection supports Andrew in building independence and social skills, through the support he gives others.