British Sign Language Communication Support Assistant
I come from a hearing family and I’m the only one who is deaf. I had oral education until I was 11 years old and then attended a school for the deaf. I studied Art and Design after the school.
How did you come to choose to work alongside the Deaf/Deafblind?
I had been unhappy in my work for along time and a friend told me about his job working with Deaf/blind people.
It sounded really interesting and the more I thought about it the more I wanted to change my job. I have always enjoyed going to deaf club and like to chat to and get to know anyone new. I felt I wanted to do a job helping people.
Hobbies and Interests
Model making, computer games, baking and exercising.
What relevant qualifications do you possess?
I am profoundly deaf and although I had an oral education my wife and a lot of friends only use BSL, so I have been signing since I was 11 years old.
I have excellent computer skills and a degree in Art and Design.
Preferred method(s) of communication
I prefer to use BSL and SSE but I can lip-read during face to face conversation.
I’m going to take a BSL Level 2 or 3 exam as soon as it is available.
What’s your favourite colour?
Tell me an interesting story:
I have enjoyed baking since I was a child and progressed to cake decoration. I was advised to enter a competition for cupcakes using a theme in 1980's so I chose The Gremlins. I spent hours on the decoration and was really pleased with the results. But unfortunately the butter cream decoration moved during in transport and arrived not quite perfect. So I only took third place, but all the other competitors thought I should have won as my cakes were so different.
My favourite thing is:
Days out with my family and visiting friends.
I don't like:
What frightens you?
I never like the look or smell of baked beans. I also don't like big spiders but I was happy to hold a hairy tarantula spider.
Do you like Marmite?
Yes I do, but only spread thinly.
Do you keep ketchup in the fridge or cupboard?
Once the bottle is opened I keep ketchup in the fridge.