**Please note all views in this blog post and website are my own and are in no way affiliated or represent the Derbyshire Autism Partnership Board.** I attended my first ever Autism Partnership Board (APB) meeting for Derbyshire and I have to say (quite ashamedly) how much it has opened my eyes to the scope […]

Currently reading…

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 ­čÖé   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.┬áAmazing Lego exhibition at […]

Derby Museum Volunteering, October 2016

So October ┬áhas 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 […]

Yorkshire Sculpture Park | Museum Visit

On a blazing hot Bank Holiday Monday this August, I took Mylo up to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park to explore with the friend who accompanied me the first time I went nearly 8 years ago. The weather was terrible then. I remember drinking tea huddled into each other coats in an effort to remain defrosted. […]

How do you?

How do you tell your child that you’re autistic? When do you tell him that the way your brain works, the way you feel and think and perceive is different to the way he thinks and feels and perceives? That he is like the 99% of other people on this planet who seem illogical and […]

Strawberries – one of my favourite poems

I first came across this during my ‘A’ level English Literature, and I’ve adored it ever since… There were never strawberries like the ones we had that sultry afternoon sitting on the step of the open french window facing each other your knees held in mine the blue plates in our laps the strawberries glistening […]