Pause drop-in sessions

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Pause@UoB is now offering support in a different way. 

The friendly team is in the Library Lounge, Main Library Tuesday-Thursday 11am-5pm

During Assessment Period, we are encouraging students to take a break from studying and do something different for a while. We are offering a light touch service, offering activities that promote "Active Rest" in the form of arts and crafts (and the ever-popular Lego Lab!)  Students can discuss their wellbeing support options with a member of the team and we will signpost into the University's wellbeing services and external signposting if required. 

Pause has also taken over the Library Lounge for UoBe Festival (25th-29th January) and are delivering a packed week of both bookable and drop-in arts activities including textile workshops where students are encouraged to create something lovely for their study, or living space, poetry, zine and journaling workshops too. All the details of these are on the UoBe page 

As February is the month of love, Pause will be launching a series of "Self-Love"  and "Random Acts of Kindness" themed mini arts projects. Again, the Library Lounge will be filled with free creative activities and students will be encouraged to make something for themselves, and for someone they don't know. Working with our friends at Incredible Surplus, a food project, based in Ladywood, we will gift these handmade tokens of kindness to local families.

Please note that Pause's main site, based in Digbeth in the city centre, is still open and able to continue to offer support face-to-face, by phone and zoom. More information can be found here.

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Meet the team

Jane Thakoordin 

jane - Pause team memeber

Jane is Service Manager at Pause@UoB. Jane’s background is in social work and art therapies and has managed mental services across the city.  She has always been committed to ensuring people receive the best quality services and help, and is passionate about creativity and recovery.

Jacqueline Maloney 


Jacqueline is a Wellbeing Practitioner at Pause, she has a strong background in mental health and care, and has worked in a variety of settings since 2005, including disability and empowerment, addiction and concurrent disorders, violence against women,  dementia and long-term care. Jacqueline’s interests include counselling, she enjoys helping people unpack their experience and interpretation of things and find ways to better navigate the world.

Rebekah Woodhouse 

Rebekah - Pause team memeber

Rebekah is a Wellbeing Practitioner at Pause, she enjoys meeting and supporting students and hearing about their studies. Rebekah is also interested in spirituality's impact on emotional wellbeing, as well as the effect of cross-cultural transitions.

Ellyse Rafferty 

ellyse - Pause team member

Ellyse is a Wellbeing Practitioner at Pause, her interests are making mental health as much of a priority as physical health and suicide prevention. In her spare time Ellyse also enjoys crocheting.

Alice Miller 

Alice Pause team member

Alice is a Wellbeing Practitioner at Pause,  she enjoys meeting new students and hearing about their university experiences. Alice is an advocate for ensuring that everyone has access to the appropriate support, regardless of who they are and where they come from.

Zarina Hayes


Zarina is a Wellbeing Practitioner at Pause she has a background in Youth Work and is a qualified Play Therapist. She is very passionate about her work empowering students to make informed decisions and positive changes in their lives and promoting creative ways of doing this. She enjoys nature and being outdoors.

Naomi Thompson 

Naomi is the Clinical Team Manager with Pause @UoB and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of working in mental health services to the team. She thinks it’s really important that whilst we try to maintain positive mental health, that we also consider our physical health and how we treat our bodies. She is  particularly interested in how our diet and physical activities can affect our mood and wellbeing, and promoting awareness of how the food and substances we put into our body can also affect our thoughts and feelings.

More about Forward Thinking Birmingham

Forward Thinking Birmingham is the provider of mental health services for people up to the age of 25 in Birmingham.  The service offers support, care and treatment, making it easier for you to access the right support at the right time.  It is a partnership of organisations that have come together to support children, young people and families in Birmingham, and also works closely with the voluntary and community sector.

More about The Children's Society

The Children’s Society changes the lives of the country’s most disadvantaged children and teenagers by delivering frontline support services and campaigning for change. It works closely with a wide range of community and voluntary organisations to tackle poverty and neglect and is a lead researcher in the field of children’s emotional well-being.




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