I am proud to be able to say I am the Chair of Leeds Involving People. I’ve been a LIP trustee for over seven years, and I work hard to ensure members have the information, support and trust to take issues forward.
Over the years I have worked with a whole range of people, including chief officers, staff in organisations and members. I have developed my listening skills and have extensive experience of the complex needs and issues people have in their lives. It is my belief that services should be led by the people who use them.
I gained a lot of the skills I utilise at LIP through my working life. I became the manager of Deaf and blind services in 1979, at the Leeds Society for Deaf and Blind People.
This involved organising three day centres, as well as outreach for the rest of the city. It was my responsibility to raise money and develop services. Through our work with people with lived experience we were able to secure the provision of new services. For example, at the time we were the only authority which provided two guide communicator services, one for medical appointments and one for social needs. I was one of the first people to sit on Disability Living Allowance tribunals, and served in this role for over ten years.
I am now retired and enjoy being able to use my knowledge and experience to further the aspirations of members of the community. I am committed to supporting LIP and all our members to the best of my ability.