Together with our team of contributors, we’re revolutionising the way families touched by disability, special educational needs and health challenges make friends, exchange support and interact. We firmly believe that we’re stronger together – and that sharing our experiences helps us feel less alone. Whatever health or disability journey your family is on, we’ve got your back.
Jessica Barker - Founder & App Designer
Jessica founded Friendili because of her own experience raising a disabled child and encountering her own mental health challenges. Recognising there was no parenting app. for families like hers, she decided to plug the gap with her own tech for good solution. Jessica is passionate about making sure no-one ‘does it alone’, and works with a team of developers who are constantly striving to improve user experience.
Dr Lauren Hamilton
Dr Lauren Hamilton is passionate about women’s health and has worked as a London-based NHS doctor for nearly a decade. After working in surgery for the NHS and privately as a cosmetic and women’s wellness doctor, she is now training to be a GP. Dr Lauren empowers people with the skills and knowledge to take ownership of their health, and takes an individualised and holistic approach to her patients.
Dr Victoria Galbraith
Dr Victoria Galbraith is a renowned Psychologist based in Shropshire, passionate about destigmatising mental health conditions. She supports people in person and via online video calls with psychological difficulties, such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and relationship breakdowns. She is also a published author, researcher, lecturer and mindfulness teacher, with a keen love of nature.
Dr Alexandra Gregory
Dr Alexandra Gregory is an Educational Psychologist and sibling to someone with complex needs. Through her work privately and her Local Authority, she supports families, children, young people and schools through consultations, assessments, intervention, training and research. She has a special interest in support for siblings of children with additional needs, as well as developmental trauma.
Preet Anand is an Interior Designer and co-founder of Yoof by Mood, an interior design consultancy that specialises in the healthcare sector. She works with families and care environments across the UK to create accessible, functional and show-stopping spaces that children and young adults love. Preet is a well-known speaker in the sector, with a special interest in autism design, sensory spaces and colour psychology.
Sophie Cook, RGN
Sophie is a Senior Specialist Emergency Department Nurse with a keen interest in family health and wellbeing. She’s passionate about people-centred care and has direct experience of parenting a child with complex health needs. She’s also an avid writer on the topics of bereavement and loss.
Gaye is an independent Occupational Therapist and mother to a child with complex health needs. She’s passionate about working with families to improve quality of life and create transformational change. She has over 20 years’ experience and specialises in neurodevelopment techniques, sensory integration and DIR Floortime.