Strategic Development Manager
What am I responsible for?
I am the Strategic Development Manager for the Forest of Dean. I am available to support organisations in developing community connections and other opportunities for disabled people and people with mental health challenges in the county.
What brings me here?
I trained as a Medical Secretary and worked in Reading and London. I have spent time in Papua New Guinea as a PA and Visa Officer. I have cycled across the USA and also retrained in horticulture. I spent the next 12 years with the Library Service (including Gloucester Prison). Its my love of people that brought me to Barnwood.
What am I working on?
Time has moved on and we have now established a disability forum in the Forest. I have been working closely with My Network and will continue to assist in setting up a Community Mental Health response to findings from our survey conducted over the last six months.
At the moment I am working hard, along with others, to put on a Disability Sports access day in the Forest to offer some speakers/workshops, advice and networking opportunities for local sports groups large and small to meet up, share their knowledge and help create a strong network of accessible sporting and outdoor opportunities for this area. All welcome.
What do I enjoy spending time doing for my own wellbeing?
I like walking with friends, creative activities; making things from papier mache, gardening and learning to draw. I love visiting places and galleries, mooching round antique and charity shops and most of all, having fun and great times with my family and friends. (She/her)