Collectively Area Managers bring over 170 years’ experience (yes, 170 years!) working with and supporting people with Learning Disabilities including, but not limited to: ADHD; Asperger & Autism Spectrum Disorder; Cerebral Palsy; Down Syndrome and more. Click the 'read more' button below each profile to find out more
I started working in care in 2008, first as a Care Assistant, progressing to Student Nurse and Care Coordinator.
I have worked in the Learning Disabilities sector since 2014, during this time I have also volunteered and worked as a Special Olympics Basketball Coach for the East Herts region.
I joined The Inclusion Project in February 2016. During my time with The Inclusion Project I have managed to develop my career – combining my experience and passion for care and working with people with Learning Disabilities, starting as a part-time Group Leader, to a full-time Group Leader, then an Area Manager for Broxbourne and St Albans, followed by my current role as Recruitment Manager.
I have always worked with children with Learning Disabilities. Starting off at Radlett Lodge School for children with autism, moving onto neurotypical primary schools assisting children to access the curriculum.
In 2014 I went on to foster, and then adopt 2 young boys.
I joined The Inclusion Project to become a part of what it stands for: "Social and community inclusion for all, particularly people with Learning Disabilities".
I am an experienced Social Worker. I worked for Hertfordshire County Council for 13 years in the Community Learning Disability Team. Prior to this I worked in a number of different settings with adults with Learning Disabilities and/or autism and have always enjoyed my work.
In 2018 I moved to Derbyshire and I want to be part of improving services for adults with a Learning Disability, and I thought The Inclusion Project was a perfect opportunity.
I joined The Inclusion Project having worked previously with Simon Jackson-Turner as a Teaching Assistant. When Simon started The Inclusion Project I jumped at the chance to be a part of such a well needed provision and have never looked back.
The Inclusion Project is something I am very proud to be a part of and I am always looking out for new ideas to fulfil our Participants' lives.
I have worked in care for over 10 years, including a Hertfordshire college as a Learning Support Assistant (LSA). My role as an LSA involved assisting young adults with Learning Disabilities in their education programme which stretched and challenged students to enable them to reach their full potential. This was both a rewarding and challenging role.
This led to me The Inclusion Project, initially as a part-time Group Leader, which I enjoyed so much I became full-time, and then on to become an Area Manager.
Until 2003 I was a professional musician - a guitarist in a rock band - but that had run its course and I was looking for a new direction in life. I visited my sister at the SEN school where she worked and saw how much she loved her job! As a result I took a complete career change and became a Support Worker for Mencap. Since then I have also worked as an Ambulance Medic in Central London, volunteered as an RNLI lifeboat crew member, qualified as a Sports Massage Therapist, and I am currently in a Brain Injury Rehabilitation team.
I started working with young adults with Learning Disabilities in 2012, and joined The Inclusion Project in 2016.
This was a complete career change for me. Previously I had worked in the financial services industry as an Independent Financial Adviser, and also worked in the training department of a large insurance company.
When I took redundancy about 6 years ago I decided to change career direction completely.
My journey working with people with Learning Disabilities started when I was in primary school, I was a ‘befriender’ and used to spend lunchtimes playing with the ‘special needs kids’ in the separate building on my school’s grounds...
...I worked at the college in Herts for almost 12 years in total within the Supported Learning departments, starting as a Support Assistant, gaining my DTLLS and becoming a Tutor.
I met and taught with Simon Jackson-Turner, we team taught our own sports sessions together. When he started The Inclusion Project, I wanted to join once the academic year was over as I did not want to let down my students at the time and help people after their educational lives. The Inclusion Project is the answer to that.
I have been working with young people with Learning Disabilities for almost a decade now. I started my career working for a small care company in St Albans, before moving on to working at a college, supporting students with varying levels of Learning Disabilities, eventually gaining a teaching qualification.
I relished the chance to run my own area of The Inclusion Project, and have never looked back.
I have supported young persons with Learning Disabilities in a variety of roles for more than 21 years, my initial interest being ignited when a family member was diagnosed with Autism.
I began my path as Teaching Support Assistant with a Moderate Learning Disabilities (MLD) secondary school working as classroom Support Assistant and then quickly moving up to the role of PE Department Support Assistant. Tag rugby being my forte at the time.
I grew up with my sister having Rett Syndrome, a very rare disability that affects a small number of women. We had constant support and involvement with service providers and I helped my parents to care for my sister until she passed away at 16.
After my education finished I moved to London where I worked in a number of companies in a variety of back office support roles.
After becoming unfulfilled in the work I did I wanted to seek out a new, more rewarding challenge.
I am a mum of 4 children, one of whom has Learning Disabilities.
I trained as a primary school teacher and later worked within a moderate Learning Disabilities secondary school.
I realised my passion was in supporting young people with Learning Disabilities; to learn the life skills necessary to become as independent as possible, and enjoy living their lives to the fullest. That was when I discovered The Inclusion Project.
I found a way to use my training and skills as a school teacher, to guide and support those young people in their every day lives, out in their local community and beyond.
I worked at Watling View school with young people who had severe Learning Disabilities for 3 years. I then moved to work with 5 year olds at Southfield School in their autism base. After working there for 2 years I moved to be a support assistant a Special Educational Needs college, and supported students with moderate Learning Disabilities and Difficulties. Whilst at the college I gained my DTLLS training and became a tutor. I did this role for 8 years before leaving to become a Deputy Manager at a charity that supported older people with Learning Disabilities.
All of my experience is what led me to The Inclusion Project.
I have worked in the care industry for over 10 years, during this time I have worked at local Special Educational Needs colleges specialising in autism.
I felt that joining The Inclusion Project was a career path that I wanted to join; continuing to help enable young adults to reach their full potential in all aspects of life.
I actually started my career in a local St. Albans gym. I was asked to work with a small group of young adults with Learning Disabilities and this became my favourite session of my week.
The opportunity arose to work in a specialised college, supporting adults with Learning Disabilities, and I took this chance with both hands. I worked at the college for 11 years, in that time I went from supporting students in the classroom, to qualifying as a teacher, and teaching my own class for 8 years.
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