Carers Rights Trainer and Facilitator
I have extensive experience caring for my daughter, who is now 29 years old, following her traumatic birth which left her severely disabled. She is now in supported living. I no longer consider myself her carer – just her Mum! For 12 years I have been delivering training to family carers in a wide variety of subjects. I developed the Caring in Balance 6-module course to address the wide range of challenges that carers face – from the impact on their personal life, to working with agencies and professionals, as well as the dynamics and pressures of the caring role itself. I have seen how, when carers understand their rights, their place within the context of delivering care and have permission to have their own life alongside caring – there are real lasting benefits to both carer and cared-for.
It is also worth noting that services who have commissioned this training for their carers have noticed a benefit for the service when carers are clearer and more assertive around the support they need. As well as running my own independent training and therapeutic business – Creative Life Solutions, I work 3 days a week as a Service Manager at Camden Carers Service. I have also delivered for many years, Carers Awareness & Carers Assessment training to Adult Social Care staff in London Borough of Camden. In my own time, I enjoy painting and crafts, visiting galleries and spending time with friends and family.