I have been active in the field of disability and health and wellbeing for several years, joining CTSI just over five years ago to work with the Health and Social Care Partnership and widen understanding of the new health and social agenda, both for individuals and organisations. I am a shared member of staff with SVE (Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise) and work across Clackmannanshire and Stirling.
Activities include supporting Third Sector representatives to the Partnership; Klacksun the local mental health forum, Clackmannanshire Access Panel; Clackmannanshire Dementia Group; and the Clacks and Stirling Health and Social Care Forum.
The Community Health Champions
project – where volunteers are supported to work with communities by providing information on health issues and signposting to local support groups – is part of my remit and I am keen that communities take up this opportunity to develop their responses to local health needs.
Outside work, I love the great outdoors having been brought up in the countryside. A good book, as my bulging bookshelves will testify, is also something I love.
I have volunteered for most of my life starting at a holiday home for disabled children as a youngster, moving on to charity shops, local carers centre and RDA. Currently I am a trustee at the Scottish Accessible Transport Alliance.