FOUNDER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR
Anne founded The SHIFT Project Byron after more than 30 years working with community organisations around the country. She identified a gap in housing options for women and also recognised that homelessness is fuelled not just by a lack of accommodation, but also by a sense of isolation and disconnection from self, community and family.
The SHIFT Project Byron’s format and structure aims to address this gap for women in transition by providing them with what Anne calls “a full tool kit” to help themselves. SHIFT differs from the usual crisis accommodation models, providing an education program and an opportunity to explore habitual patterns and often out-dated coping mechanisms, within a supported environment.
Anne is a Registered Clinical Supervisor & Somatic Psychotherapist in private practice, with a BA in Social Welfare, a Post Graduate in Neurobiology of Developmental trauma and a Certificate IV in Frontline Management.
Her career experience encompasses psychotherapy, individual and group supervision, psychiatric nursing, sexual assault counselling, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, domestic violence casework group facilitation/education, and various management positions. Working extensively in rural and remote Aboriginal communities has highlighted for Anne the real need for a stable environment when dealing with traumatic circumstances.
The vision in establishing The SHIFT Project Byron is that it be a self-sustaining, thriving, supportive environment with reciprocal community relationships, providing re-connection for the women personally and within the community.
Anne is committed to build and grow The SHIFT Project Byron to benefit women in transition with the objective of supporting them help themselves to deal with life circumstances.
CO-FOUNDER AND PUBLIC OFFICER/SECRETARY
Julie Wells is the co-founder of The SHIFT Project, assisting in establishing the Association in 2015. She holds the Board role of Secretary/Public Officer. She is also the founding Director of Facilitations Pty. Ltd, which specialises in leadership development, helping leaders to improve personal performance and increase organisational results.
With 33 years’ experience, both nationally and internationally, Julie is a highly skilled and experienced change agent who is recognised as a specialist in leadership development.
Throughout her career Julie has been actively focused on assisting leaders from a diverse range of industry sectors to improve their personal performance and increase their organisation’s results through providing both individual coaching and group facilitation sessions.
Julie is a clinically registered psychotherapist, running The Somatic Practice in Byron Bay where she sees individuals and couples. She is also an accredited supervisor for coaches and therapists.
Julie’s active involvement in The SHIFT Project starts on the ground level – she runs weekly workshops and facilitates structured group discussions on emotional intelligence, with a particular focus on changing mindsets and overcoming limiting beliefs.
Julie’s vision for SHIFT is to be able to look back in years to come and see a self-sustaining, supportive and empowered community that continues to grow and evolve, largely due to its reciprocal foundations.