What attracted you to being a trustee at Lankelly Chase?
I became aware of Lankelly Chase when asked to take part in the research that led to the Hard Edges report. Hearing the Chancellor mention Hard Edges in the budget demonstrated the difference made by Lankelly Chase’s work. I am very proud to be taking part.
Since leaving prison and getting involved in Expert Citizens and the VOICES project in Stoke-on-Trent, I’ve become a public speaker, blogger, filmmaker, and multiple needs activist. My growing awareness that my own story of lived experience can help to raise awareness of multiple disadvantage, tackle stigma, and influence change was encouraged by Lankelly Chase. My blogs featured on the Guardian’s Social Care Network and the National Lottery’s website. On Radio 4’s In Touch programme, I talked about my experiences of multiple needs, prison life, and my journey to give something back. As Vice-Chair of Stoke Expert Citizens, I’ve been coordinating others to tell their stories of severe and multiple disadvantage through film, audio, and social media. I’m confident that we can make a difference.