Laura Bolton

Lead Researcher

Team member Laura smiling at her desk.

 

What am I responsible for?

I am responsible for leading on research projects looking at issues affecting disabled people and people with mental health challenges in Gloucestershire.

 

What brings me here?

My background has been mostly around law and human rights: I’ve worked as a mental health and prison law paralegal, representing people in hospital and in prisons across the country; I’ve volunteered at the Citizen’s Advice Bureau in Gloucester; and I’ve interned at human rights organisations in Uganda, Texas, and London.

 

What am I working on?

Lots! We’re looking at how disabled people and people with mental health challenges experience different areas of their lives: housing, community, leisure, mental health services, social care, race and racism… One big thing is thinking about how we do research: we want to build towards working more closely with people with lived experience.

 

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

Walking in woodland, ambling around bookshops (and then reading my wares with a good cup of tea), learning weird and wonderful new moves in adult dance classes, Yoga with Adriene (all hail the queen of YouTube Yoga), attempting to persuade our cat Meeko to deign to permit cuddles. (She/her)