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“The staff here are lovely. Nothing is too much trouble and I owe them everything”

Staff Contacts

Meet Our Team

The dedicated team at START are always happy to help in any way they can. You can contact individual staff via their direct telephone number or by email using the relevant address below.

Alternatively the main switch board number is 0161 351 6000.

Meet Our Founder

START began life as a programme of arts courses, run for those with mental health issues by our founder, Bernadette Conlon. In the early days, Bernadette delivered courses essentially from the boot of her car, until moving to a studio in 2000, when START became a registered charity. The team soon grew and, in 2004, moved to its current home at Brunswick House. Bernadette’s vision has helped countless people over the years and continues to inspire and make Salford a better place to live.

Bernadette Conlon, CEO can be contacted via the Office Manager.

The core arts team are complimented by a keen and committed group of freelance artists who range from photographers and jewellery makers, to sculptors and street artists. For more information on becoming a freelance artist at START, please contact our Sessional Arts Co-ordinator, Sarah Keeler Dawson, on 0161 351 6023 or email sarah.keelerdawson@startinspiringminds.org.uk

START is proud of its extremely active board who have been selected because of their experienced backgrounds and professional insight.

  • Paul Statham
  • Neil Purdie
  • Vincent Clifford
  • Patricia Taylor
  • Stephen Colgan
  • Sue McAndrew
  • Clare Pinnington
  • Bruce Kinloch (Treasurer)

All members of START's board can be contacted on: info@startinspiringminds.org.uk

If you are interested in becoming a Board member please contact our Office Manager, Loretta Hewart on 0161 351 6006 or email loretta.hewart@startinspiringminds.org.uk

Sadly, in 2009, we lost our very dear friend and colleague, Edith Knowles (5th October, 1953 – 14th September, 2009). Brunswick House reverberates with her words of wisdom, advice and guidance, comfort and most of all her humour and laughter. She is around every corner and leaves a legacy that will never fade. On 10th June, 2010, our garden at Start in Salford was officially renamed 'Edith's Garden'.

In May 2016 our life loving caretaker John Ball passed away, he was a local hero and true legend. John's memory will live on throughout Brunswick House his 'second home' and a place he loved so much. All the staff, members and volunteers miss his mischief, laughter and of course his singing and dancing The world seems a little quieter now.

'Inspiring Minds' Mental Health Service


Elaine Molyneux

Visual Arts Coordinator

0161 351 6002

Jeni Sadler

Photography Coordinator

0161 351 6009

June Wilcock

Inspiring Minds Service Delivery Manager

0161 351 6020

Lisa Moore

Visual Arts Coordinator

0161 351 6026

Mental Health Support/ Drop In Groups


Liz Shone

MHSG Coordinator

0161 351 6027

Start Over Fifty: Projects for older people


Daniel Moore


0161 351 6022

Dennis Baldwin


0161 351 6021

Youth Arts: Projects for young people


Contact Main Switchboard


0161 351 6000

Start Creative


Ben Thomas

Start Creative Manager

0161 351 6003

Start Growing: Horticultural projects


Sue Jeffries

Horticulture Coordinator

0161 351 6004

Make, Mix & Do


Rachel Jones

Project Manager

0161 351 6028

STARTforward: Employment Programme


Sharmina August

STARTforward Co-ordinator

0161 351 6011

Felicity Faye

Community Integration Worker

0161 351 6012

Wellbeing Matters: Social Prescribing


Charlene Barlow

Community Connector

0161 351 6000