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Health and social care in the next election… Maternal grandmother smoking related to increased risk of Autism diagnosis Number of girls with Autism vastly underestimated Women on the spectrum struggle to find and cope with work when undiagnosed How to brighten up miserable bastard family photos – as evidenced o equally miserable pieces of artwork! […]

Personal Health Budget – update

A few interesting propositions have come about as a result of my application for a Personal Health Budget (PHB). The first was participating in the Derbyshire PHB Peer Network. Off the back of this I applied for the NHS National PHB Leadership Academy. I was supposed to go for an interview this week as the […]

The Harley Gallery in Worksop Nottinghamshire is part of the ongoing work of the Welbeck Estate. The gallery sits in a beautifully restored estate, which also houses a fabulous cafe, amazing farmshop that sells the cheapest raw milk I have found anywhere and a pretty decent garden centre. The gallery itself includes several spaces, one […]

March in photos

A few pictures from my travels in March 2017 🙂   A beautiful spring morning on a walk in Cambridge visiting a friend. A moment that took my breath away and I tried to capture, but didn’t really succeed. Inspiring thoughts from the International Women’s Day Festival held in Derby in 2017. Amazing Lego exhibition at […]

Current situation with mental health services

(Or just why I might discharge myself from everything in 2 weeks because the mental health system is traumatising me.) I’m currently supported by a complex team of multidisciplinary staff which include a Community Psychiatric Nurse in the Recovery Team, a specialist Social Worker in the Mental Health team, a Community Psychiatrist, a Talking Therapist […]

Derby Museum Volunteering, October 2016

So October  has been a pretty busy month. Mylo has started school and has settled into his first half term. It’s given me a chance to take stock and re-involve myself in a number of projects at Derby Museums and further afield as well as picking up Lunar21 once more. Firstly, I have been developing […]

Tactile Tour Facilitation | Derby Museum and Art Gallery

This afternoon I had the pleasure of assisting with a session to learn more about the audience experience at the Derby Museum and Art Gallery  for visitors who are partially sighted. Having very different sense perceptions myself, because of having Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) I am always curious about how others with different sense abilities […]