We are an award winning community interest company established in 2008 to encourage increased fitness levels, personal development and healthy lifestyle choices - helping people and communities to feel positive, be active and live well.
We work at a local level with our partners to deliver world class affordable and fun dance, fitness and healthy eating opportunities for all, believing passionately in the areas where we work and growing our business steadily year on year - providing innovative and friendly programmes delivering long term benefits for individuals and communities.
Being a community interest company is fundamental to us, reflecting our belief that opportunities should not be limited because of where people live or by unaffordable prices, and we plough any trading surpluses back into local programmes.
At the heart of our approach is employing all our staff directly, making sure we have a highly trained and qualified team who know and are mainly from the areas where we work. We also have a skilled and experienced board of directors, giving their time for free, who we can draw on for advice and support.
We work constantly as a team to consult locally on what is needed, build partnerships, and to capture and record our impact using the best tools and techniques we can identify
young people are gaining UCAS recognised qualifications as part of Nouveau's mentoring scheme
towns/villages and cities across the UK
% of adults who participated in CWP reported improved self-esteem
% of adults who participated in CWP have become increasingly more physically active
people are supported each week
I founded Nouveau Wellbeing CIC after identifying a lack of suitable provision and an ever increasing need within local communities. In 2008 Nouveau was established to encourage increased fitness levels, personal development and healthy lifestyle choices - helping people and communities of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to feel positive, be active and live well.
Before establishing Nouveau I graduated with a first class BA hons degree in Contemporary Dance and have also completed a PGCE in Dance Education and Masters in Professional Dance Practice. I am a graduate from the School for Social Entrepreneurs in London and UnLtd Big Venture Challenge winner 2015.
Nouveau has grown from strength to strength over the past several years with the support of our fantastic team. I have been fortunate to receive several awards including Ernst & Young Future 50, The Gazette Chief Executive Awards - North East Young Business Person of the Year, and David Goldman Prize for Innovation with Newcastle University Business School.
I joined the Nouveau Team in 2010 after graduating from Newcastle College with a Foundation Degree in Musical Theatre. I have seen the enterprise grow significantly and over the past several years and I am now the Team Officer for County Durham and Darlington.
Whilst at Nouveau I have completed additional fitness industry training including level 3 Exercise and Fitness knowledge and Pilates. I have also increased my knowledge of health and wellbeing by attending various training courses including Level 3 Counselling Skills and Applied Suicide Intervention.
I began my career as a professional dancer performing internationally as well as around the UK. I graduated from Teeside University with a BA Honours Degree in Dance before continuing to complete a PGCE in Dance Education and Training from the University of Sunderland while also teaching and lecturing across a range of education establishments.
I came to work at Nouveau as a Team Officer for Tees Valley as I have a great pride in being from the North East of England and wanted to contribute to helping in my community. Nouveau gave me the perfect opportunity being a community interest company that is helping people to live healthier lives.
I graduated from Teesside University with a first class honours degree in dance. During my time at University I got the opportunity to go on an Erasmus Exchange to HZT Berlin and had so many amazing opportunities such as performing at the Ada Studio and Production Assistant to the AUSUFERN Dance festival. In 2015 I became a qualified Personal Trainer and have continued to develop my experience in the fitness industry.
I joined the Nouveau team as a Senior Practitioner for Durham & Darlington. The thing I love about working for Nouveau is I get to work with different people every day, no class is the same and it’s always great fun.
I graduated from Teesside University in July 2016 with a First class Honours Degree in Dance. Whilst at University I had the opportunity to focus on working closely with those living with dementia. I joined Nouveau Wellbeing as a practitioner, as it reaches out to the community and provides classes for children, adults and the elderly.
Nouveau Wellbeing has allowed me to experience a range of classes and a shared sense of achievement between myself and my participants.
I graduated from Teesside University with a BA Hons Dance Degree earlier this year. During my time there I took part in many performances and taught at a range of schools.
I joined the Nouveau Tees Valley Team as a Practitioner after graduating from University. I have gone on to complete fitness industry qualifications and develop my teaching focusing particularly working with pre school and children with disabilities.
I am a Urban Dance Instructor for Nouveau. I have gained much experience from around the UK and have trained with different break-dancers from around the world. My most recent encounter abroad has been in Vancouver, Canada where I met some break-dancers and joined in on their training sessions for a month.
Breakdancing is a great way to keep extremely fit and socialise. There are always new moves to learn and challenges to be faced but from experience the hard work and training pays off big time. My favourite break move would probably be the windmill as it looks great and can be combined with other power moves with good training.
I started dancing at the age of 2 at a local dance school where I studied ballet, tap and modern taking examinations under Northern Counties Dance Teachers Association and taking part in various shows and performances including an appearance on GMTV with Mr Motivator. I studied a BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts (Acting) at New College Durham, I then moved to Newcastle College where I graduated with a Foundation Degree in Musical Theatre. In 2011 I moved to London where I studied a year intensive Musical Theatre course at the American Musical Theatre Academy of London. I started working at Nouveau in 2013 and have achieved my Level 2 Group Exercise To Music training and Fitsteps instructor training. Alongside working with Nouveau I am currently studying my BA Hons in Musical Theatre.
I am a qualified nutritionist, tutor and chef with over 30 years of experience in the food industry.
I began my journey straight from leaving school, when I worked in hospital kitchens training to be a chef. From there I moved to London and became a licensee, running a pub restaurant for a number of years. After deciding to move back to the North East, I began running a school kitchen.
Knowing I had practical experience behind me, I made the decision to pursue a more academic career and began studying for my BSc degree in Food Science and Nutrition at Northumbria University. Once qualified, I also studied for and obtained my PGCE from Sunderland University.
I am new to the Nouveau team and my role will involve delivering practical healthy eating sessions within the local community. These courses will be aiming to educate people on how to make healthy lifestyle choices, while cooking on a budget.
I joined Nouveau several years ago as a Finance & Admin Assistant and have seen the enterprise grow from strength to strength. I am based at the Head Office in Peterlee and enjoy hearing about the fantastic work the Practitioners are doing within local communities when they pop in to the office each week.
Working in such a community focused organisation inspires me daily and has led me to develop my own personal interest in British Sign Language and Counselling.
Norma Foster is a Company Director and business leader with experience across both public and private sectors. She has particular expertise, from her previous role as Chief Executive of a government quango, in economic regeneration and the development and implementation of creative programmes and projects to address challenging economic and social issues.
After graduating as a linguist with Joint Honours from London University, Norma embarked on an international career ranging from project and operations management to strategic management and corporate development in UK and international markets. Since returning to the UK in 1996, her business portfolio includes several Directorships and non-Executive Director positions in both private and not for profit organisations.
Norma joined the board as Chair of Nouveau in 2016 as she recognised that her skill set could enable the enterprise to achieve it's growth objectives. Sharing a common set of values such as integrity, trust and respect, Norma is a great addition to the company.
David qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ribchesters before spending a period working as an Audit manager for a large regional practice in Newcastle. He re-joinined Ribchesters in 2000 and became appointed as a partner at the firm in 2002. David is highly experienced in advising family companies, professional practices, charities and academies on audit, accounting and taxation matters. He is one of a handful of practitioners in the region to hold the ICAEW accredited Diploma in Charity Accounting.
David is passionate about North East and its people. He has a keen interest in health and wellbeing and has been a lifelong participant in competitive sport despite having Type 1 diabetes for nearly 20 years. David has strong belief that physical exercise compliments both physical and mental wellbeing.
David joined Nouveau Wellbeing board of Directors in 2016 after sharing similar values to the enterprise. He was also impressed by Nouveau's aims and objectives engage hard to reach communities in activities benefitting participants and wider community.
In 2007 I graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA Hons Degree in Dance Studies. I continued to develop my training in dance and fitness by completing a range of courses including Chair Exercise and Zumba. My work has included working in Local Authority Wellbeing Service and as a Multi-Sports Leader.
I was attracted to Nouveau because of its positive aims and working within health and wellbeing is something that really motivates me. I am the Team Officer for Yorkshire which has given me the opportunity to help people improve their lives and contribute to sustaining community activities where possible.