Hello, My name is Helen, I am really pleased to be one of the Associates at Imaginer after attending one of their inspiring courses on Support Brokerage.
My passion for putting families at the centre of planning comes from years of experience trying to get the best for my son, who is 27 and has complex and profound disabilities. This doesn’t stop him from leading a fulfilled life. Recently he was best man for his PA ; his speech given with the help of his switch , live music and his brother and sister.
I have been working with families and individuals to a having more choice and control in their lives through personal budgets, self- directed support and person centred planning.
I have worked with providers in the north of England, Calderdale MBC and recently on the Calderdale Pathfinder project which is will contribute to the EHC plans for disabled young children .
Before that I worked as a counsellor part time along with family life. I lived most of my life in West Yorkshire ; grew up near Bradford, lived for many years near Hebden Bridge, and now in Golcar, Kirklees .
I love walking in the hills, travelling, spending time with my family and friends. Recently I got my scuba open water diving qualification in the beautiful Red Sea coral gardens. As a long standing YHA member I now enjoy being a volunteer hostel manager which takes us to some beautiful places and chance to meet lots of people. I am a Trustee at Calderdale Parents and Carers.