I was delighted when I joined Community Catalysts as the Micro-market coordinator for Worcestershire. The role was exactly what I was looking for as the next step in the work I had been doing for many years.
I started out volunteering for Barnardos and providing respite care from home and later moved into day services for adults with learning disabilities. I was inspired by the ideals of person centred planning and was fortunate to become one of two co-ordinators for Worcestershire. This was where I was able to develop my passion for training as well as for working with individuals and families. I then moved into Worcestershire County Councils Individual Budgets Pilot Team and supported individuals, families and friends to develop support plans. I became a fully accredited support broker. We supported the development of a Social Enterprise called time4people and I worked for them after the project had finished. I have always supported advocacy and self-advocacy and was a trustee and then chair of a local advocacy group in Kidderminster. I am a citizen’s advocate for a very dear friend who I met through this work.
My other interests include reading thrillers and whodunit’s, travelling, both abroad and in the UK and spending time with my family and friends. I really enjoy meeting new people and look forward to meeting many more whilst doing my job.