After qualifying as a social worker in 2013, I worked as a care co-ordinator and later an AMHP in a community mental health team in west London until 2019. I also co-facilitated mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) courses for staff in that role.
Since then I’ve been working in a workforce development capacity for an adult social care service (part time) while continuing to work as an AMHP.
I joined EASL as a sessional worker in 2022 where I’ve been carrying out mental health assessments, case discussion with staff and some training. I have an ongoing interest in working in a collaborative way in assessing people with mental health support needs and who are homeless, and recognising their stories, agency and strengths. The trauma informed approach that EASL encourages resonates with my own practice values.
In the past I worked in community development work and taught English in Burkina Faso, West Africa for two years in the late 1990s.