My husband and I moved to Bramford in 1984 and and two sons went to primary school here. We find it a convenient and attractive place to live, being both near to Ipswich and the countryside offering both river and farm walks. I walk my 11 year old dog Max (white bichon frise) around the area most days and enjoy chatting to fellow dog-walkers. I also practice yoga daily to keep fit, having qualified as a yoga teacher in 2003.
I have studied with the Open University and with the University of Sheffield to gain respectively, a 2.1. (Hons) degree in Psychology and an M.A. in Applied Research & Quality Evaluation. I wrote a dissertation about the quality of nursing and residential care in Suffolk and I've worked with healthcare workers to evaluate and improve their services in London, Suffolk and Essex.
I've also taught Applied Psychology to trainee nurses at the University of Essex and to trainee Social Workers at Suffolk College.
Whilst working in Suffolk's Joint Commissioning Team I organised several conferences with the aim of helping people with mental and physical disabilities to access job opportunities through mentoring and adjustments at work. Working for the then, Suffolk Association of Voluntary Organisations, as a Partnership Officer I tried to put voluntary sector perspectives to the Health Authority and was concerned to see that every organisation, however small, should have a voice.
It is this concern for fairness and equality that brings me to the Liberal Democrat Party. Our Leader, Ed Davey, has been a carer for his mother, grandmother and now his son. He and the Lib Dems have campaigned for a well-deserved £1,000 p.a. increase in the carer's allowance. During Covid times many of us have become more appreciative of nature and I share the party's aim to keep it clean and green.