BSLTRU Parent Panel
I’m married with three girls and live in Filton Park, Bristol. I trained as an Early Years teacher and took a break to bring up my children. During this time I have worked as a childminder and with children in voluntary roles. For me being part of the parent panel has involved attending and contributing to meetings, providing a parent’s point of view. It has also involved commenting on literature and information that is intended for parents to make it more accessible. Being part of the parent panel has enabled me to use my own experiences as a parent in a positive way. It has been interesting to be involved in a research project in a small but important way.
I work as a nursery manager for the NHS Trust and I love my job and working with children. My interests are spending time with my own children, socialising with friends and playing netball (badly)!!! Over the last two years I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in a research project call Child Talk – What Works, it has involved attending meetings as a parent representative. I’ve been involved in helping to bring a parents view to the research project and also learn how important early intervention is for children who are struggling with speech.
I joined the parent advisory panel in 2011. I have a background in statistics and some limited experience of research, which is what drew me to the role, but until this project I had no experience of speech and language therapy. I am dad to two young children, who occupy a lot of my time - which is fine by me! On the parent panel I try to imagine I am receiving the questionnaires and invitations to participate, and think about what would make them easier to read and understand, or what would make me more likely to contribute.
I am a parent of two children and I am also deputy manager of a nursery. I have always loved children and this is why I first became involved in Child Talk – What Works as I found it very interesting and thought it was something I could help with. As part of my role as a parent rep I have attended meetings where we look over posters or documents and we also discuss ideas about the project and reaching other parents to help with the research.