Freelance writer, Educationist and musician (guitar).
For many years I worked in Further Education as a specialist teacher focusing on individual learning needs including dyslexia. I have facilitated creative writing groups in college and community settings working alongside authors such as Alex Wheatle, Irenosen Okojie, and Courttia Newland and the actor Adjoa Andoh, aimed at promoting health and well-being. I am currently working alongside Dr Colin King in setting up of the Race Equality and Whiteness Network. My other main interest is music. I am a guitarist and songwriter. I also run a website to commemorate, and celebrate, the music of singer/songwriter Sian Daniels.
Black and Asian Coaches Association
Colin King is the convener Black and Asian Coaches Association. The association is focused on the empowerment of BAME coaches, challenging the structures of sport and the theories and concepts of European science, psychology and management to address equity and equality in relation to coaching, management and administration. The aim of the association is also to challenge institutional whiteness in the mental health system through a collaborative approach across the color lines of professionals and survivors in terms of the academic and practice changes to address race equality in mental health work.
Colin is also the lead for the Whiteness and Race Equality Network.
Work on race equality has traditionally focused on the lived experience of being black in terms of mental health and diagnosis. But for co-production to stand any chance of success understanding has to be two-way, especially in relation to coproduction: we need to understand the lived experience of being white alongside and in equal partnership with the lived experience of being black. This is the aim of The Race Equality and Whiteness Network in the Collaborating Centre for Values-based Practice. It was set up following a conference at St Catherine’s College in October 2016.
For a list of past meetings please CLICK HERE
The Network is open to all those with an interest in or involvement in this area.
It brings together the expertise of individuals: survivors, and those working in health, social care and education. It offers a forum that will produce new perspectives on diagnosis and treatment by reason of its unique approach. For, it will interrogate the methodologies and values that inform diagnosis and treatment in order to understand the lived experience of being white alongside and in equal partnership with the lived experience of being black.
For a list of members please CLICK HERE
Please see below for the announcements from the network for the last 12 months. To see older announcements, please visit the VBP Archive.
The wikiVBP Reference Library aims to provide a focused resource of literature and other materials supporting training, research and policy developments in values-based practice.
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Core activities of the Centre are based around three inter-linked areas, Education, Regulation and Integration, together with crosscutting themes of Theory and Practice