A bit about me...

I hope you are now en-route to applying for this position! I employ and value my personal assistants greatly, as through them I am able to live independently and carry on with my active lifestyle. There is a variety of roles and jobs that constitute my team and which give a unique side in working for me.

My impairment is a rare metabolic disorder which affects my bones and joints – I am only a metre tall and find it hard to move and lift things and use an electric wheelchair, I am also at the moment the main driver of the van. in addition I also have difficulties with my breathing, currently using a nebuliser and a CPAP. Even though I had to take time out to deal with a serious illness, and was all set to go back to university to complete my PHD. Sadly during the lockdown I have had to shield at home. Much of the one to one support, can be learned on the job, more details will be disclosed once when you have made it through the next stage of application. What I am looking for is someone that will ensure I remain safe, healthy and take some of the stress out of my day by helping me with daily tasks and boosting my stamina. We also need someone comfortable to help with hydrotherapy.

Alia came into my life to help me restore my confidence to go out and bring consistency to my day to day life, I adopted a medium size dog with a lot of character, despite being attacked badly when she was very young by another dog Alia she generally carries on happily and keeps us laughing. She is also an essential member of our support team, and can alert when I need to use my nebuliser, CPAP and medication etc. She also has given cuddles to PAs when they have needed them...! She has the support of a professional trainer, with her working role and also helped us deal with any difficulties (post attack); at the moment she is doing really well.

My previous research is on the narratives associated with Disability and the Christianity Church; I have a keen interest in ethics and how we value people. My academic research interests include: institutional discrimination, representation of impaired body, disability and religion, community engagement. Professionally I have previously worked as a Diversity, Disability Equality Consultant and Social Researcher. I have an active interest in the arts, theatre, travelling, creative writing, photography and current affairs.