DiversityNE is part-funded
by the European Social Fund and North of Tyne Combined Authority.

'Growing the power and potential of a neurodiverse workforce'

Where are you from?

I am Ashington, born and raised, except for three years at Teesside University in Middlesbrough.

What is your role at Diversity NE?

Employment Advisor.

What is your career background?

Before this, I was a social prescriber, working for the NHS for 2 ½ years and for a pilot programme called Ways to Wellness for 4 years prior. I have done various roles, working in factories, cafes and shops.

Can you share a career highlight?

My career highlight was seeing the social prescribing service go from an idea to a fully-fledged service within the GP surgeries I work in, showing the importance of focusing on the person and their needs rather than the more rigid clinical model.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

I truly love seeing the difference you can make with people who may feel very far from where they want to be. Working with them over time to build confidence and help them realise they can always do more.

Why did you want to be involved with Diversity NE? 

I think the right job, the right vocation, can be the biggest boost to morale, confidence and self-esteem. Working with people who are facing distinct barriers to employment and helping break them down is unbelievably rewarding.