Story of my life journey so far
Born February 1951, Leicester UK. Mum and Dad were tenant farmers until we moved to Hinckley at age 4/5; eldest of 4 children. Spent entire childhood observing and learning about nature. In infant school started learning the violin... still learning. In secondary school felt strong and enduring pull towards addressing the damage we are doing to the natural world. First degree: Ecology.
Decade of 1970's
Began Youth & Community Work career in area of creative arts development. At same time, s/employed graphic designer and magazine publisher; Midland Star and assistant/editor New Humanity magazine. First contact with The Findhorn Foundation.
Decade of 1980's
Completed teaching qualification, travelled India and moved to Birmingham, UK. Married and helped raise family. Deputy Co-ordinator of South Aston Community Project; a large and successful resident-led project on a social housing estate. For Birmingham City Council, managed an Arts budget plus chaired 1-day conference for UK Local Authorities on local currency schemes. With Leicester City Council Dept of Community Economic Development worked as independent consultant with local residents and professionals to further develop a city wide local currency scheme, successfully fundraised (National Lottery) for 3 year jointly managed post, expenses and office space, plus co-ordinated bid to ERDF.
Decade of 1990's
With Makbul Choudhrey, established South Birmingham Community Television, in partnership with Birmingham City Council and South Birmingham College. Founded Forman's Road Residents Association in our beautiful neighbourhood of Sparkhill. Worked with neighbours, residents and local schools to establish an annual volunteer clean-up of the River Cole Conservation Scheme.
Decade of 2000's
Completed masters degree at Birmingham University. Thesis theme: to model idea that the values and principles of the "caring professions" are no longer compatible with the culture, working practices, resource depletion and management style of their employers; large government (local & national) bureaucracies. Moved to High Peak, worked as LA social worker with elderly and disabled adults.
Decade of 2010's
Worked at Manchester University (Access Summit) as Study Coach with students in receipt of the Disabled Student Allowance. Learned that a major influence to our human experience and sense of well-being is the "story in the mind" that we use to guide our life. Following health issues, relationship ending, involuntary redundancy and housing crisis am now resident on the Ollersett estate in New Mills. Trained and qualified for Life Coaching practice.
Participating in the following groups (click pictures for website links).