British Sign Language Communication Support
Assistant and Deafblind Communicator Guide
I was born 3rd in line, I have 1 older sister and 1 older brother and 1 younger brother. My upbringing was like any other person in the 80's/90's. I was very sporty and fitness minded. I won my first sports trophy at the age of 10. I really enjoyed playing hockey and other sports. I have built my life slowly.
How did you come to choose to work alongside the Deaf/Deafblind?
When I was young and in primary school, the school I went to had a Deaf and Deafblind unit. I made friends that were Deaf and Deafblind from there, so I was offered to learn BSL. Later in life I decided to that I wanted to learn BSL and Deafblind communication.
Hobbies and Interests
I enjoy reading books; either educational or fiction books. Twice a week I go on a track with my bike. I currently go to the gym occasionally. I do mud fishing and have a passion for pets and wildlife.
What relevant qualifications do you possess?
BSL Level 1, BSL Level 2 and Deafblind Communication Level 1.
Preferred method(s) of communication
BSL or SSE.
I've completed many different training courses. I used to be a carer working with medications, doing personal care, transferring etc.. I have completed my Level 1 and 2 in BSL and in September I am starting to study my Level 3. I also have a Level 1 in Deafblind Awareness.
What’s your favourite colour?
My favourite colour is green.
Tell me an interesting story:
I take part in wildlife rescue in my spare time and I specialise in Hedgehogs and Pigeons.
My favourite thing is:
Listening to music, doing wildlife rescue occasionally, spending time with my family and friends, walking the dogs and I do like to watch a good horror film.
I don't like:
Time wasters, alcohol and drugs.
What frightens you?
Violence and horror movies.
Do you like Marmite?
I love marmite, I like it thickly on my bread!
Do you keep ketchup in the fridge or cupboard?
Ketchup has to be kept in the fridge.