Since early 2000, Claire has worked in the training sector, in childcare, health and social care and employability. She went on to coach and mentor in this field, a role which she found really rewarding.
“A few years ago my Dad was diagnosed with a brain tumour,” said Claire. “I understand the devastation this causes. I now feel really privileged to be part of a wonderful team, supporting others through difficult times.”
Claire works across Warwickshire and Worcestershire
David's account of one of the important aspects of his job - making a home visit to assess individual need so that support can be responsive and personalised.
David works across Cornwall and Devon
James has had a variety of careers over the past 30 years but predominantly he has worked within the health and social care sector. This has taken him into various roles within the NHS and a number of not-for-profit organisations. He has worked as a chef, a teacher, a therapeutic counsellor and a trustee for a Bristol-based charity. Most recently he has worked with individuals who have learning disabilities, autism, mental health issues and adults who have an acquired brain injury.
After working in finance for many years, Jayne decided to change career. She began by working for the NHS within a Health Visiting Team and Children’s Occupational Therapy Service, and then spent 13 years with a local charity supporting both adult and young carers. “I get immense satisfaction from supporting others going through difficult times in their lives,” said Jayne. “I have cared for three family members, one of which had a brain tumour.”
Jayne works in Staffordshire, Shropshire and Greater Manchester
Lucy's account of what's involved on a typical day when she attends an Out Patients Clinic, meeting families she's already supporting and making new contacts.
Lucy works across the West Midlands
Since qualifying as a children’s nurse in 2005, Matt has been employed by a number of prominent charities and organisations in the health and social care sectors. He has gained significant experience, training and qualifications in education, health, palliative and brain-injury rehabilitation services; having specialised in working with children, young people and families impacted by life-limiting conditions and/or complex needs for over 20 years.
Matt works inDorset, Hampshire andSouth Wiltshire
Sarah’s ‘portfolio’ career includes work as a special needs teacher, autism trainer, presenter, airline cabin crew, researcher, safari cook, magazine editor, writer, counsellor and community-learning tutor. She has designed face masques, waved a toilet brush at conferences and rejected a very sensible job at a fridge company. She tucked a teaching degree and an MA in scriptwriting under her belt along the way. A journey through the world of disability and autism prompted her to establish support groups for parents of disabled children and a belief in the power of peer support led her to join Brain Tumour Support.
Sarah works in Bristol, Hereford, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and North Wiltshire
Steve has many years experience as a Citizens Advice caseworker, providing specialist support to clients suffering from severe physical or mental health problems. He helped clients needing long-term support with problems including access to welfare benefits, housing issues, employment, and debt and financial worries.Steve developed first-hand knowledge of the effects of and treatment of cancer himself in 2017, when he was diagnosed with bowel cancer, and underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Steve works across South East Wales
A trained teacher, Trish moved from mainstream education into hospital education where she gained her experience supporting families and children dealing with serious illness. She worked in several hospitals, including a branch of Great Ormond Street, before being appointed to the headship of St George’s Hospital School. She went on to be involved in various projects including developing a complementary health practice, working as a Parent Carer Support Worker, and as a School Development Officer for Swindon Carers. Trish has also always been involved in voluntary work which most recently included supporting the Plymouth and Exeter Brain Tumour Support Groups.