Community Enterprise Catalyst (Dorset)
I feel very privileged and inspired to be representing Community Catalysts on the Dorset programme which is about focusing on support services that will meet individuals’ needs, enabling them to lead happy, fulfilled and independent lives.
At 14 I started work in a local florist/grocers and learnt very quickly that reliable, good customer service and reputation is key to successful business. After different retail and catering jobs I decided to go to college at 23 and my true career began.
I have a deep passion for all services to be accessible – this has underpinned all of my approaches. During the last 20 years of working with children, families and communities my experience in various settings has included SEN, residential, children’s and family centres and youth projects. Building resilience, recognising strengths and challenges, while proactively seeking and achieving sustainable changes, are achieved by connecting people. My desire to advocate for those dealing with challenging issues has led me to design and facilitate workshops such as ‘inclusive best practice’, ‘real life-real tools autism’ and ‘whole family approach’.
Ensuring individuals’ voices are heard is extremely important to me, feeding into my “don’t assume” stance, person-centred focus.
My free time is varied, I love being busy and active from gardening, walking, reading, enjoying live music and social time. Riding my custom motorbike is my true passion, I have also been busy rebuilding a 1974 Triumph Bonneville and enjoying the extra challenges this type of project presents.07407 789131