I have now been the Project Lead on The GIG since April 2015, and I absolutely love working on this project! I have been working at Possability People (previously known as The Fed) since April 2014, starting off as a part-time bank staff on a reception and admin role, which then led to becoming a full-time project development worker in November 2014. Working on the GIG has been very rewarding, and by providing support for those who have a lived experience of disability to have their voice heard on what is affecting them in Brighton and Hove is so important to ensure that changes are being made to improve the city for its disabled residents and their carers too.
I’ve been working at Possability People since October 2015. I’m still learning loads every day! In previous roles I worked as a support worker for adults with learning disabilities, and for a local mental health charity. At Possability People I mainly support Lilly with her amazing work with the Get Involved Group, enabling disabled people to have their say over issues that matter to them most. Outside work I teach and practice mindfulness meditation and love to swim in the sea (all year round!)
Sam has been volunteering with Possability People since the end of 2015, and is working with Lilly as part of the Get Involved Group. Sam is volunteering to gain a wider knowledge of what Possability People do, and to update his office skills following a period of absence from work following an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) in April 2014. He also works as a support worker for Headway Hurstwood Park two days a week (a brain injury charity). Another role Sam has is as a trustee at the UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum – a charity working nationally to improve post-brain injury rehab services and awareness of the related issues survivors face.
I started volunteering at Possability People in 2011, helping fill in people to fill in benefits claim forms at the Disability Advice Centre. I’m now writing bits of publicity for the Get Involved Group – trying to raise our profile, and raise the profile of disability related issues in Brighton and Hove. Possability People’s a really lovely place to volunteer – the people are great, and they do amazing work.
Madeline has been volunteering with the GIG since summer 2015 as an Outreach Volunteer. She has been visiting other groups and events in the city to promote the GIG’s work and engage with more disabled people and their carers to find out about the work the GIG does. Madeline is also closely connected to Epilepsy Action Brighton and Hove.