"I see my expertise as being mainly as a facilitator; supporting everyone to work well together, to appreciate the very different things we all bring to our work, and to challenge ourselves to give the best we can. Our work is about listening to people in the communities we work with. We listen out for voices that wouldn't otherwise be heard. And we support the people we work with to be at the heart of the changes they want to see. We need to be doing this within the team too, if we're going to reach out to the wider community."
"I bring experience as a group therapist to my work. This experience includes ten years in a specialised secure clinic working with psychiatric patients deemed too complex and intractable to work with in other psychiatric hospitals. Prior to that I'd worked in community (arts) organisations (since 1983) and for the last fifteen years I've largely worked to give people with lived experience a voice in the services that work with them - mainly mental health service users and services working with people with 'complex needs'. I know the value of lived experience, and my own experiences of being homeless, of alcohol and substance misuse, and of requiring mental health support in my late teens and early twenties are part of what steers my work."