I have spent the last 30+ years being involved with the voluntary/third sector as a volunteer, employee and trustee for many Local and National North East Charities. I have been actively involved in the development and delivery of both childrens and adult services mainly in Newcastle and Gateshead. I have always been an advocate of a person centred approach to empower individuals to take control of their lives. I champion individuals having choice to make their own informed decisions which affect them in their everyday life whilst being given an opportunity to reach their full potential.
Over the years I tried to ensure that those who are underrepresented in their communities (especially those living with a disability or long-term health condition including myself) have a voice which is heard, listened to and acted upon ensuring true equality of opportunity.
On a personal level, as well as volunteering for most of my life in one form or another, I enjoy spending time with my family especially my grandchildren. I also enjoy swimming and eating cake but not both together of course!