I began working for Space Inclusive initially as supply staff, having very little previous experience. As cliché as it sounds, I always wanted to make a difference to individual’s lives and help them achieve their potential. I soon became Full Time staff because I loved working with such wonderful people. I can share my creative talents and encourage others to improve their confidence and social skills along the way, through the many up-cycling and design projects we do here. I also have some experience in anxiety management and over the last few months have been running a Mindfulness session every week, which has proved a success!
After a few years working at the Head Office at Boots, I received a letter “in 40 years when you receive your pension…” and I knew something had to change. So while my children were very young I began studying for my teaching degree and as my youngest began started in Reception Class, so did I.
I loved my time teaching in Early Years, and of course it allowed me to spend the holidays with my own 2 kids as they grew up. One of the things we did together as a family was Martial Arts, and over time I became involved with ‘Breaking Down Barriers to Martial Arts’, a charity that believes that everyone, whatever their Special Need or Disability should be encouraged to have a go at Martial Arts. I loved it, and soon after began volunteering working and later working fulltime as a Teaching Assistant at Sutherland House Special School.
I missed being a teacher and grabbed the opportunity to work as a Supply Teacher with Nottingham Autism Supply Services, at a number of Special Schools across the County, during quiet spells and in the holidays I did a few shifts at Space Inclusive. As time went on I did less and less at Space as I had accepted a permanent teaching post at Rosehill Special School and was really excited about my future there, my one frustrations was when parents asked “what next, after school?” Well for some of my students, and for me, after school came Space Inclusive. Part of my remit is going into schools and meeting students, parents and teachers and explaining what a fantastic job we do here at Space Inclusive, and of course my favourite part is getting out there and doing it, sharing my interests; sewing, gardening, upcycling, and martial arts, and supporting our clients engaging in exciting opportunities, trying new activities, challenging themselves and each other.
Since graduating from Nottingham University I have mostly worked within administration for a variety of organisations including the NHS, an adoption agency and a creative industries development agency. As Service Administrator at Space Inclusive, I enjoy an interesting and varied role and am certainly finding it an inspiring and rewarding place to work. In my spare time I enjoy theatre, comedy, music, travel and catching up with friends.
I started working at Space Inclusive as an Apprentice. Coming straight from school, my knowledge and skills about this sector were very limited but I knew this field was where I wanted to work. Mt inspiration for wanting to work with people who have learning disabilities came from a member of my family, as it had given me the feeling of wanting to help others.
Since working here each day gets better because of the guys we work with they are all unique and truly amazing they are the reason that I that love every part of my job and have no regrets about my career choice here at Space Inclusive.
I started working for Space in April 2015 after volunteering for three months. I strongly believe everyone should be included in society whatever their disabilities. Myself and my colleagues do our best to ensure all the people we look after try and reach the best of their abilities.I have a background in working in the care sector both with the elderly and people with mental health problems.
Having been to University and graduating with a BA in English, I was initially a service user in the early days of Space Inclusive! My aim was always finding employment and I was very lucky to find some with the help of David and Richard at Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service.
Returning to work at Space as an administration assistant in the summer of 2015 I’m now responsible for maintaining the website and our twitter account as well as keeping our online database of clients up to date. Outside work I enjoy looking after a pet rabbit as well as volunteering for a cycling charity in Nottingham.
After graduating from University with a Degree in Dance and Professional Practice, I was in search of an opportunity in which I could teach others the art of dance, whilst using that to enable a positive effect in people’s lives. That’s when I became determined I would have a career in Inclusive Dance, and working with people who have learning disabilities.
I Became the Performing Arts specialist at Landmarks Specialist College, within my 3 years of teaching I gained the experience and knowledge I would need to offer my services to others. I was then given the chance to work for Space Inclusive where I will continue to offer my skills and passion for the arts.
Having had no previous experience working with people with additional needs, I began by volunteering here at Space inclusive. I am a physically active person, who enjoys supporting people being in the elements – taking part in sporting activities, orienteering and generally being out and about. In addition to this, my design training allows me to incorporate my creative skills on art projects. Space Inclusive has been very rewarding-its great seeing people progress and I have learnt many valuable skills from the people we support and I hope I have helped them too!
After raising my children I have recently re-entered the world of work. Before working at Space Inclusive I began by volunteering and over time I have realised that this sector is where I would like to be! I enjoy supporting people to become more independent and particularly like to see people make progress. I feel that my skills and enthusiasm, and the qualities of the other staff here really can inspire people to reach their potential.