Michael Lilley, Helen Stiles
Michael Lilley is the first Green Councillor on Isle of Wight Council and a retired psychologist and mental health professional. Michael was founder of an innovative approach to mental health called My Time which is part of one the UK’s largest mental health charities, Richmond Fellowship. He has now retired, aged 60, and now focusing on his writing, politics, intergenerational work and being an Island Age Friendly Ambassador. Michael is a trustee of the IW Youth Trust and a founder/trustee of the proposed Wight Aviation Museum. Helen Stiles is a social worker and local up and coming artist. Helen’s work is getting widely recognized. Both Michael and Helen have spent many years working with children and families and identified the need for children’s books that celebrate the magic of life pre-dating the computer age where children enjoyed making things out of a cardboard box, pieces of string, old newspapers and wall-paper paste. Creativity and invention (making things) and establishing healthy relationships across generations builds up emotional resilience and problem solving skills into adulthood which are essential for a healthy life in the 21st Century.