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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.

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

  • Neil Purdie
  • Vincent Clifford
  • Stephen Colgan
  • Sue McAndrew (Temp Chair)
  • Clare Pinnington
  • Bruce Kinloch (Treasurer)
  • Jack Ranson

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 on 0161 351 6006 or email loretta@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



Visual Arts Coordinator

0161 351 6002


Photography Coordinator

0161 351 6009


Inspiring Minds Service Delivery Manager

0161 351 6020


Visual Arts Coordinator

0161 351 6026


Horticulture Coordinator

0161 351 6022

Mental Health Support/ Drop In Groups



MHSG Coordinator

0161 351 6027

Start Over Fifty: Projects for older people



Creative Coordinator

0161 351 6022

Youth Arts: Projects for young people


Contact Main Switchboard

0161 351 6000

Start Creative



Start Creative Manager

0161 351 6003

Make, Mix & Do



Creative Coordinator

0161 351 6023

Wellbeing Matters: Social Prescribing



Community Connector

0161 351 6000

REACH OUT: START to end suicide



Reach Out Project Manager

0161 351 6021