I have been a member of PIP’s Management Committee since 2011 and currently hold the post of Deputy Chair. However, I first became involved with PIP 7 years ago when they supported me to move away from the family home to live independently. I had very little experience of independent living and PIP worked alongside me to ensure that my needs were met and that I was supported in my new life on a regular basis.
I have always been totally enthusiastic about and committed to helping others in society who are less fortunate than myself and who are marginalized and isolated. To this end, I have recently been awarded a Level 2 B.Tec Health and Social Care Diploma which will be my passport to work in the care sector. I have just started work with the NHS providing secondary care which involves supporting elders who are confined to bed in a regional hospital. My other educational attainments have included an award in English Functional Skills and I have just started language courses in French and German.
I enjoy socializing with friends and my pastimes include travel – where I love to explore both cities and the countryside. I belong to a Zumba class and I have recently completed a health and diet course where I lost 1.5 stones!
I have been a member of PIP’s Management Committee since 2002 and Chair since 2008. I started out in travel and tourism and then moved to run a vegetarian restaurant for many years. After this I moved in to further education becoming a lecturer at Bourneville College in Birmingham and then took up a post as a job coach with Rehab UK – a charity working with people who had acquired brain injuries.
I am now recently retired and love to travel throughout the world at every opportunity. My hobbies are theatre, music and spending time with family and friends.
I joined PIP in 2010 and have been the Treasurer for two years. I have a background in the voluntary sector having worked for the Terence Higgins Trust for a number of years. I am currently the Midlands Regional Manager and I am involved in all matters to do with staff and volunteers as well as having responsibility for finance and strategic planning.
My passions are music and literature and a good deal of my time is taken up with being active in the community through a range of ventures.
I have been a member of the PIP’s Management Committee since 2010. I first became involved through having been supported by them in several areas of my life. I am also a member of both of their Service User Groups where we talk about the services that PIP provides and the training they offer. I am particularly keen on training because I have taken several courses and feel that I have been able to contribute to the way PIP teaches these to other people.
I spend a lot of my time doing voluntary work in charity shops and in residential care for the elderly. I also go to college and do quite a few courses which I enjoy a lot.
I have been a member of PIP’s Management Committee since 2013. My background has been in the field of Mental Health and I have worked at Kinmos Day Centre in Kings Heath, Birmingham for the past ten years. I am currently the Deputy Manager and have skills and experience in all areas of running a voluntary sector organization. I hope to contribute to PIP’s growing work in the field of mental health advocacy.
Outside of work my interests are travel, music and literature.
Barbara has worked in the voluntary sector for over 35 years and has vast experience of working within the disability community. As a disabled person, Barbara has both personal and professional experiences of the education and training systems beginning with delivering training to disabled sportsmen and women; herself having achieved Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at European level and an Olympic Silver medal at the Paralympics.
Following her retirement from sport Barbara gained qualifications in delivering training to adults and developed skills in designing training courses. She has been designing and delivering training courses, workshops and presentations around disability for the majority of her working career and continues to use her experiences and skills to develop bespoke training programmes that are accessible to people no matter what their impairment may be. Barbara is passionate about working within the Social Model of Disability and encourages self advocacy by ensuring that people are given knowledge and information to enable them to make good informed choices and have control over their lives.