Who Is PUSH?
We are a user led organisation and with the use of Person Centred Planning tools PUSH promotes independence, self-direction and employment opportunities for people with learning disabilities.
I have a long history of working in the area of children and families and young people and have given my time to a variety of organisations including Action for Children, Barnardos, Capability Scotland, Inclusive Group Dundee and Community Education Perth.
On completion of my degree at Dundee University my direction changed; I worked with Sense Scotland in Dundee for a year before moving to Boston, USA to work with The May Institute, a school residential program for children with traumatic brain injuries. My visa was initially for 1.5 years however I enjoyed the work and lifestyle so much that I chose to extend it and was out there for 7 years. I learned a lot about behaviour and behaviour management as well as the landmarks of the USA. Upon my return I began with PUSH.
I have travelled to most areas of North America, though I still have plans to go on a Storm Chasing vacation and ultimately would love to travel into Space!
Before having my family I worked in the hotel industry but had always wanted to do social work, so when my children were all in school I went back to college to do Social Care. I began my new career in a residential home for adults with learning disabilities.
Having trained as a Person Centred Planning Facilitator I delivered awareness training in Person Centred Planning and through this role met PUSH.
I was impressed with the work they were doing around circles of support. In 2005 I began working with PUSH as Community Connecting Coordinator then in 2008 took up the position as Manager and as they say… the rest is history.
I have an unconventional way of getting to work … so keen … I run here every morning.
Things I love are, sharing a meal with all my family, walking with my husband, a good psychological thriller assisted by lots of galaxy chocolate, a jog down the Quarry Mill (not straight after the film and chocolate though) and a good blether with my girlfriends without clock watching.
I was born in Brazil and started working when I was 9. I helped my dad when he volunteered as the President of the Leisure Centre; I would type ID forms and receipts for the members.
When I was 19, I worked for a Quality Control Company; I can still remember how to test a thread to see if it is good. College was very hard so I quit my job and became a part time teacher; I love teaching and taught at language schools, high schools and privately in my free time.
When I finished college I worked with Lloyds Bank in the Export and Import Department, then from there I became a bilingual secretary and worked there for two years. Then the opportunity arose to come to England to complete a post graduate course. I arrived in 1986, but ended up marrying and having kids instead. When I had some spare time I decided to go back to work. I knew I wanted to help people so I went back to college and had the fantastic luck of getting my first job in the care setting here at PUSH.
My dreams and aspirations are to live in a world where everyone is accepted and respected by who they are.
I joined the staff of PUSH in November 2002 as an administrator, which post I have held ever since.
I am responsible for recording the financial transactions of the organisation, administering the salaries, paying bills and doing all the tasks that require to be done to keep the office ticking over.
I have greatly enjoyed my time with PUSH, watching it grow and develop and now providing so many more opportunities and activities for the members. It is my wish that PUSH will continue to prosper in its endeavour to promote inclusion for people with learning disabilities.
My likes are gardening, crossword puzzles, classical music, choral singing and reading and I dislike intolerance and body piercings.
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