So let’s see – what might you find useful to know about me?
One of four children, raised in
So, when I was first introduced to the concept of resilience, I was keen to find out more. At that time, I was into my tenth year as Director of Amaze, an information and support charity for parents of children with special needs, recognised as an example of excellence and good practice.
I’ve been working with parents and families for the past 20 years and am currently the Director of ART, Amaze’s research and training service. I wanted to make room for thinking about and applying resilience ideas, so I’m seconded to the
I’m really interested in practitioner and parent resilience. My studies in community welfare, sociology, counselling, group work and research methods all inform my practice of course, but the thing that has really captured my attention with RT, is the way it mixes ideas from a range of sources and disciplines to find a way forward.
We all know that different strokes work for different folks but it’s more than this. Seems to me that if you want to position yourself to have an impact you first have to acknowledge and respect what’s happened in people’s lives. It’s the starting place for contextualising and politicising disadvantage and discrimination, finding strategies to challenge unfair systems and building healthy trusting relationships that support us to grow personal toolkits for negotiating life’s rocky terrain. So it calls on us to span a considerable range of skills.Having worked in community settings for the past 30 years, as a community worker, parent support practitioner, trainer and manager of third sector organizations, I am hopeful that linking theoretical knowledge, research findings and the evidence base that parent carers and practitioners hold, can be a powerful way to tackle issues of disadvantage and inequalities together.