I have had two careers in parallel, one as an academic and teacher and the other as a therapist and a trainer of therapists. I am now semi-retired as a therapist but teach postgraduate courses to physical therapists of many types in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Holland, France, Italy, Spain, Finland, Greece, Israel and Australia.
My passion in both careers has been to help people understand themselves and the world around them, to take responsibility for their health and learning, not to trust what they are told until they can experience it for themselves and to make the best of what they have rather than searching for what they lack.
As a therapist I have been particularly interested in working with two groups: children with developmental difficulties and older people. Both groups are often viewed as being disabled. I have been developing a way of working that focuses on what people can do rather than what they lack and helping people to feel empowered in their abilities rather than a victim to their disabilities.
This has led to the founding of Elderventure in Frome: a group of older people who are exploring the abilities that they have as elders in society, sharing and supporting each other in the process of ageing and encouraging intergenerational projects.
I am a founder and trustee of Fair Housing for Frome with special responsibility for developing Shared Living and Home Sharing in Frome and also a trustee of OpenStoryTellers which facilitates people with learning disability to feel they are a valued and equal part of the community through story telling and the development of co-led social enterprises.
- Love of the natural world and sadness at how we treat it
- Music, music, music
- The beauty of people sharing authentically - how we could be