Abi Freshwater

Policy Lead


What am I responsible for?

I develop policy positions for Barnwood Trust on matters which impact the lives of disabled people and people with mental health conditions in Gloucestershire. This supports us to deliver our changing conditions work.


What brings me here?

Market Stall, Cocktail Waitress, Goth/Rock Club, Radio, English Tourist Board, Temp’, Crystal/Thomson Holidays, Tui, Naturewatch, League Against Cruel Sports, Papillon Publicity, NHS, Barnwood Trust

Having spent 20 years in some form or PR/Comms role, I had an epiphany after the birth of my son and returned to college, training in Person Centred therapy, I volunteered at Cotswold Counselling for many years before going into private practice. My work at Barnwood has been enhanced by the people who have trusted me with their stories and whose voices stay with me as we strive to promote positive change in the county.


What do I enjoy spending time doing for my own wellbeing?

Cuddling the dog and cat, walking the dog (and sometimes the cat comes too), being in nature, photography, Pilates, handstands, creating edible, vegan, gluten free versions of food I miss, reading, learning, supporting Chelsea football club (not always good for my wellbeing) with my son. (She/her)