About us

Family Compass is a Community Interest Company (CIC). Community Interest Companies are social enterprises that use their profits and assets for the public good.

Our services may be bought in by schools, early help providers, community groups and other partner organisations, but can also be purchased privately by families. Grant funding may also sometimes secured for specific projects. Talk to us if you have an idea you would like to collaborate on!

Based in Braunton, North Devon, the company was founded by Lucy Capron (Development Director) and Keda Johnstone (Operations Director) to deliver high-quality mentoring, therapeutic group and family support to children and their families. With many years’ experience in family support, early help provision and child and adolescent mental health, we aim to provide family-centred, outcomes-focused support which makes a real and lasting impact.

 

Lucy Capron, Development Director

In a nutshell: over the past 15 years I have completed a degree in Education Studies, an MA in Social Work (working within Adult Community Mental Health and Youth Offending), worked as a family support worker, as North Devon co-ordinator for the Targeted Family Support Programme, and as Business Development Manager for South West Family Support. My varied experiences in education and social care have given me insight into the many challenges that families can face; everyone, at some time, faces challenges and may need support.

Completing research into resilience for my MA it became clear that there are important protective factors which can support someone when they are facing challenges. These factors can be developed and supported through the development of key relationships and through learning vital skills and strategies. I discovered Mindfulness on this journey, which today has become a key aspect of my practice, both personally to reduce the impact of stress and to support children and families.

 

Kedi Johnstone, Operations Director

In a nutshell: after my psychology degree I spent several years working in IT, changing career direction to become an assistant psychologist with North Warwickshire Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. Moving to Devon in 2003 to work as an assessment and intervention worker for the Children’s Activities and Support Programme (CASP), I then became a project worker with the Youth Inclusion and Support Programme (YISP), also completing a Post Graduate Certificate in Effective Practice. I joined the amazing team at South West Family Support at its inception, working in various roles from mentoring to family support, and finally as Data and Outcomes Manager.

My skillset has grown and changed over the years, from coding and data analysis to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Narrative Therapy, but my heart is still firmly with the children and families of North Devon, and a belief in the power of early intervention. I believe that evidencing the impact of what we do is essential – for children and families, for referrers and commissioners, and for workers.

 

Grace Flavell, Dramatherapist

In a nutshell: I have been working with children, young people and families for 20 over years.  I gained my Master’s Degree in Dramatherapy in 2007 and have been working as a Dramatherapist in Devon for 10 years. I have experience in a range of settings including CAMHS, Learning Disability, Education, Adult Mental Health and Community Arts.  I worked alongside the team of dedicated staff at Social Enterprise South West Family Support from the beginning of the service in March 2011, working therapeutically with individuals and groups, along with a focus on supporting adoptive families and children in foster care. Prior to this I lived and worked in London where I worked with vulnerable children and families experiencing difficult and challenging life experiences in education, care and play settings.

Working creatively using the Arts to gain insight into experience and promote mental health and well-being is at the heart of my work.

 

Ben May, Mentor

In a nutshell: After working in retail management I started my own business, going on to have a clothing label, surf/skate shop and music events company in Bideford. After completing a BA (Hons) in film making at Falmouth University, I returned home to North Devon making community arts films for Beaford Arts. I then joined Community Action in Barnstaple, using my multimedia arts skills to make videos and run art groups with young people. Developing my knowledge and experience in  this area, I became a mentor and family support worker with South West Family Support, moving on to become Engagement Team Lead at Torridge Academy in Bideford.

My passion and enthusiasm for supporting young people and families have grown continuously over the last 6 years. I have gained qualifications in Thrive, Neuro Linguistic Programming, Restorative Approaches, Team Teach and others. I have organised and run many groups and activities including fishing, surfing, cooking, arts and more. My key strength lies in working with people: building relationships, improving self-confidence and supporting positive change.