About Nest + Grow CIC

Nest + Grow CIC is Creating Opportunity for People and Communities through the creation, development, and management of community projects:

  • The promotion of social inclusion and social integration for vulnerable adults in the community
  • The development of programmes to increase employment opportunities and to enhance skill levels in the community
  • Providing information, advice and guidance for people who work in the third sector.

Building Strong Foundations towards Self Actualisation

We believe that every person should have the opportunity for personal development and social mobility and that this opportunity can be enhanced through the support of strong communities, self-empowerment, and a holistic approach to physical, mental, and social wellbeing.

Groups with whom we work

Our Experience

Adam Colthorpe, Director

Adam has 14 years of private sector experience including six years as a strategy and planning consultant working on project ideation, strategy, planning, activation, and evaluation for global brands including working across three Olympic Games.

Adam has lived mental health experience and was a Trustee of a local Mind Mental Health charity before becoming Chair of Trustees of a men’s mental health charity and later spending 2 years as Director of Mentoring.

The next step was to take the experience, skills, and tools acquired, and to support the third sector in creating opportunity for people and communities.

Bernie Mayall, Director

With a background in nursing, Bernie Mayall worked upwards through NHS and Social Services and then did a left turn into cross-sector consultancy working as business development director for several NFPs specialising in mental health and learning disability (and deviating fascinatingly and briefly into animal welfare). 

Bernie was then headhunted to plan and roll out the Bradley report in prisons in the East of England and then manage the re-provision of healthcare in several of those prisons. She created and developed innovative services for ex-forces prisoners which involved registering them on admission (not then in place) and utilising the ex-forces staff in the prisons (following robust negotiations with the POA). 

The next chapter involved being headhunted again to upskill prison healthcare in the South East and support a local private healthcare company new to CJS work towards social enterprise status. 

Bernie is a strong active supporter of the third sector organisations Safe Ground and No Offence CiC (NED) who work collaboratively with many CJS organisations including the MoJ and probation services. 

Outside of employment, Bernie is a Founder Member of the Academy for Social Justice Commissioning, also a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs and a Business Mentor with the latter two organisations, and finally, a Dementia champion with the Alzheimers Society.

Bernie is fascinated by most people, with a strong belief that there is a bit of fabulous in everyone without exception, driven by a profound admiration for the way people survive sometimes against a series of astonishing odds, and with an aspiration to support them in that while marvelling at it. Not good at suffering fools gladly but also possessed of a ridiculous amount of patience when required. Committed to equality of opportunity, fairness, fun. 

Rachel Arthur, Director

Rachel is at the intersection of human-centred design, learning and culture. She specialises in enriching the human experience by understanding the human mind, behaviour and needs in different contexts and cultures to create a positive impact on people’s lives. In the last 6 years, she focused on shaping the future of education. She helps stakeholders identify and translate unmet human needs to new programmes, products and services.

In a parallel journey, she’s been on a journey to well-being and leadership. She facilitates spaces for others to lead within and return to wholeness – the true essence of well-being. She cares a lot about destigmatising the barriers to emotional and mental well-being. She has a lived experience of mental health and is passionate about shifting the intergenerational conditioning for people of colour.