A new 24-hour mental health helpline has been launched, offering confidential help and advice, to anyone registered with a GP in Calderdale, Kirklees, Wakefield, Leeds and Barnsley.

Phone number: 0800 183 0558


Rosalie Ryrie Foundation

The new service will support people who are:

  • At risk of developing mental health problems.
  • Diagnosed common mental health problems.
  • Known to mental health services.
  • Experiencing mental health distress.
  • Seeking information, advice and support.

The service will provide a listening ear, emotional support, advice and signposting to other local services for both individuals and their carers. The provider, NCHA, will respond to urgent concerns and operate within a recovery model, ensuring callers’ benefit from an effective intervention, in line with local mental health support pathways.

About Us

The Rosalie Ryrie Foundation is a not for profit organisation developed for a charitable purpose.

The Foundation was created to provide a service to help victims, perpetrators, young people, children and families through all forms of abusive behaviour including domestic abuse, child abuse (including sexual abuse) and coersive control. This covers violence and aggressive and conforming behaviours.

Forms of abuse include physical, emotional/verbal, sexual abuse and rape, neglect, religious/cultural, and financial as part of a relationship or within the home. 

The Rosalie Ryrie Foundation also covers current or historic forms of abuse including domestic abuse, physical abuse and child abuse either within the home, from a known perpertrator or unknown.


Ann Ramsden: Founder and Service Manager

Ann has worked with children and young people for 17 years and the last five years with the family unit as a whole. Since 2009 she has developed, coordinated and delivered a multi-agency joint teen and parent group work programme; ‘Do It Different’.

Prior to this Ann has had 28 years of experiencing domestic abuse from witnessing it as a child and also as a teen violent to her father and other males in her life. To date Ann has a Life Time Achievement Award for Local Hero, NVQ Hero Award and recently became one of the four finalists for Yorkshire Local Hero at the Pride of Britain awards 2012.

Ann Ramsden and Rosalie Ryrie Foundation Achievements:

  • 2009 Winner VQ Hero
  • 2011 Wakefield Express - Local Hero Award - Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2012 Finalist in the Wakefield District Business Awards - Community Enterprise category
  • 2012 Finalist in the Pride of Britain Awards
  • 2012 Winner Pride of Britain Local Hero category
  • 2013 - Invited as expert Panel member to University of Oxford - Discussion on our work regarding child to parent abuse.
  • 2013 - This Morning - Invited to discuss child to parent abuse.
  • Various Radio Interviews - Radio Liverpool, Radio Sheffield Radio Wakefield, Radio Leeds
  • Articles RRF and service users in various Newpapers: The Guardian
  • Channel 5 "My Violent Child" Wednesday 10th March 9pm
  • Halifax Building Society - Giving Extra Award
  • Oxford University Films -  Two new films have been made about the APV project and its impact. The first details the development of the study and key findings and the second focuses on impact and how this was designed into the study from the beginning. Watch the films both include The Rosalie Ryrie Foundation. http://apv.crim.ox.ac.uk/  
  • Duke of York Award 2017
  • Queens Award for Voluntary Service 2018
  • Short listed Unsung Heroes Award 2019

Support Team:

 Helen Oades - Operational Manager

Helen has been with the RRF since 2009. Starting as a volunteer, then Support Worker and currently Operational Manager.  Helen has experience working in residential care, working with children with behavioural, physical and mental difficulties. At RRF on a day to day basis Helen works with clients, men, women and children. Helping them to work on their behaviours, boundaries and supporting them in making a positive future.

 Through her work with Rosalie Ryle Helen has gained numerous qualifications including:

 NVQ Level 3 HSC – Children and Young People

 BSL (British Sign Language) Level 1

 She has also undertaken extensive training and developed a wide range of specialist knowledge and skills which include Neural Linguistic Programming, STOP Facilitator Training, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Safeguarding Children and Child Protection including co-facilitating Safeguarding Training with Young Lives, Child and Adolescent Mental Health and is experienced and trained in dealing with issues relating to sexual abuse and substance abuse. 

Dawn Watson - Behavioural Support Worker/Administrator

Dawn started volunteering at RRF in 2012, as well as volunteering in her local school supporting children at lunchtime, reading and supporting the SENCO. Supporting small groups of children building confidence and self esteem. Dawn holds her NVQ level 3 working with children and young people. Dawn has done safeguarding and also SafeTalk. At RRF on a day to day basis Dawn works with clients, men, women and children. Helping them to work on their behaviours, boundaries and supporting them in making a positive future. 

Julie Godwin - Community Navigator

Julie volunteered at RRF from 2007 and volunteered at HomeStart at the same time. Julie gained here NVQ 3 in working with children and young people. Julie has also worked supporting adults with learning difficulties before rejoining RRF in October as Community Navigator. In the role Julie supports children of school age with emotional health and well being.

Julie also has completed her safeguarding and SafeTalk training.



Alison Ingleby:

Alison was originally born in Nottingham, emigrated to Australia and returned to UK to live in West Yorkshire. Alison has worked in the commercial sector, but after semi-retiring has taken jobs in the care profession. Alison is working part time as an Assistant Manger for Second Chance Headway which is a charity run centre for adults who have sustained either a Traumatic Brain Injury or an Acquired Brain Injury. Aswell as Second Chance Alison is a Befriender for Age Concern and volunteers for Rosalie Ryrie Foundation. 



List Of Trustees: 

Jayne Poppleton (Chair)      

Jayne qualified as a solicitor in 1993, working, in London and Leeds, specialising in financial services and fraud. Jayne is involved in several voluntary organisations and projects, with an emphasis on inclusion and equality. She also has experience as an informal advocate for those negotiating the complex and confusing network of social and voluntary services. Jayne currently works as a freelance consultant and writer.


Dawn Taylor (Treasurer)

Dawn joined the board in her first Trustee position in September 2017.  She has worked in the field of Human Resources and Organisational Development for 18 years and has experience working with people from different cultures and with differing life experiences.  Past personal experiences attracted Dawn to become involved with the foundation.  Originally from London Dawn has raised her family in Yorkshire since 2000.


Joanna Templay Adhikari

 Joanna joined the board in 2017. She will complete her PhD at Leeds Trinity University in October 2017, which is around adult and child victim perceptions of risk in domestic abuse. She is also a visiting lecturer specialising in violence in the family, and holds a higher education teaching qualification. She has experience of writing ethics proposals, multi-method research designs, designing questionnaires, statistical data analysis, and interviewing and analysis skills for qualitative research.

Joanna is a graduate member of the British Psychological Society and has also spent some time as an Appropriate Adult, which involves providing additional support to vulnerable adults and children in police custody during their police interviews. Joanna has previously worked as a project worker in supported housing, working with adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues. She will begin a new role at University of Derby as a Lecturer in Criminology in November 2017.