BA (Hons) English Language and Literature
MA Theatre Education
Mental Health First Aid
CACDP Level 1 British Sign Language, OCN 1 British Sign Language
National Autistic Society SPELL Framework
It was whilst studying for my MA in Theatre Education at Goldsmiths, that I undertook a placement with Shape Arts who provide opportunities and support for disabled artists and cultural organisations to build a more inclusive and representative cultural sector. The experience inspired me and on returning to South Wales, as well as working within the Arts I took on a role with Bobath, a specialist therapy centre for children with cerebral palsy. I was really excited when the role of Support Work Assistant came up within the Disability Team at University of Wales, Newport and thrilled to start working with the team in September 2007. Since starting within Student Services I have enjoyed working a variety of roles from Support Work Co-ordinator to my role now as Disability Adviser within University of South Wales and it’s been a privilege to support every single student who have come to us for support.
As an undergraduate student at King’s College London I was a volunteer for Nightline and have been heavily involved with Samaritans for the last 14 years both as a listening volunteer, Deputy Director for Training (Newport & Gwent) and setting up of the “Step by Step” service nationally which offers practical support and advice for schools that have been affected by an attempted or suspected suicide. In conjunction with National Nightline I helped set up the Nightline service at University of Wales, Newport in 2010 and it’s fantastic that University of South Wales continue to promote the scheme in conjunction with the SU.
Fairplay 30 champion
National Association of Disability Practitioners
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