I also took a degree in Ergonomics when I realised that treating people when things go worng is only half the battle. I also needed to correct postures and practices which can increase the chance of injuries.
I am interested in politics and have been a local councillor on the Forest of Dean Council. At present I am Chair of Governors at the Heart of the Forest Special School at Speech House, a job I enjoy very much. I am also a Trustee at Forest Sensory Services, a facility and resource centre for people with sight and hearing problems, Another of my interests is as a board member and volunteer of the Co-Operative which governs Mitcheldean Community Library.
I love working on the board of The Orchard Trust. It performs very important functions, and there are so many interest interesting things going on there. I have been involved with the Trust since 2008.
I have been involved with the Trust since 2008.
Anthony is a Board member of The Gloucestershire Care Providers Association where he represents the interests of Disability service providers. He sits on various steering groups and partnership boards, working with other stakeholders to improve the range of services in the county.
He is also a LeDeR reviewer. Gathering evidence, preparing and presenting review reports, regarding mortality in people with a Learning Disability. This is a national programme being led through Bristol University and working with Local Authorities, NHS and volunteers.
Anthony has also been a Team coordinator for the National Autistic Society’s Accreditation Service, where periodically he would visit settings, specialising in providing services for people with an ASC, to review their service provisions against that of the N.A.S. Accreditation Standards.
Jill is qualified Level 4 NVQ and IOSH
Originally from the Forest of Dean Tony now lives locally. He is a local Scout Leader and School Governor. Tony enjoys the outdoors and takes advantage of living in a beautiful area, he likes walking, canoeing, rock climbing and camping.
Val's background is mostly in admin with experience in marketing, sales, purchase ledger and general accounts. Val also contributes to staff training at the Trust by sharing my experience and knowledge of autism from a parent’s perspective.
When Val's daughter moved into an adult provision she identified a need for a support group at the Trust for family members and carers who might appreciate someone to talk to and share experiences with. Hence “Carers and Sharers” began in 2013. All new and existing family members will always be made most welcome.
He has a level 5 Diploma in Teaching in the Life-Long Learning Sector (DTLLS) and previously worked as a session tutor for the Orchard Trust before becoming Project Manager at the Stowfield site in January 2016.
He has previously run his own smallholding in Lincolnshire and worked as a stock-person with rare breed cattle, sheep and pigs. In his spare time he is a chef (specialising in vegetarian dishes) and sings with the Forest of Dean Singing Club.
I chose to work for the Orchard Trust as I wanted to work for an organisation where what I did made a difference. Working for a charity that makes a difference to people's lives gives great job satisfaction. I love having the opportunity to visit our homes, its great to see the bonds that are formed between our support workers and their service users.
Outside of work my time is mostly taken up with caring for my two young children, I like to get out and about with them over the weekends, we enjoy walks out in the Forest of Dean and visiting Gloucester Dock to look at the boats. If I get any free time I enjoy baking and am attempting to learn how to create projects with my new sewing machine.
We look after ourselves, each other, our places and the environment. Through listening to each other and paying attention when someone has something they want to say we support the development of self respect and feelings of worth and appreciation. We recognise one another for the people we are, understanding and accepting preferences and beliefs to ensure a personalised care and support.
We also believe the best results are gained through working as a team, valuing suggestions and encouraging new ideas as we strive to continuously improve the care we provide. We appreciate that knowledge, skill and understanding develop over time and through the sharing of experience. Seeking best practice and innovation we work closely with others to achieve the best result. We value the contribution of clients, families, staff, volunteers and our partners to support us to be the best we can.