I am new to Healthwatch; but I am not new to Waltham Forest. I live locally and I grew up in the borough. I am excited about the possibility of improving health and social care services for people locally. It is a privilege to be involved in an initiative that is determined to drive positive change. Since starting in the role I have been warmly welcomed and feel genuinely supported. Rebecca, has left an effective and well organised team. I hope to be able to build on her successes over the next few months. I can honestly say I could not have asked for a better start to the role. I have already started to meet some of you at meetings and forums. However, I hope to work with all of you in the future. Please do not hesitate to contact me with your health and social care stories, and service improvement ideas. I am looking forward to working with you to ensure your views on health and social care services are heard.
I have over 20 years of working with diverse communities in various settings, including the public and 3rd sector. A few of the organisations I have enjoyed working with include Mind, NHS - Nutrition and dietetics (St Ann’s hospital), City & Hackney Alcohol Service and Newham Food Access Partnership.
I feel passionate about working with communities, engaging with people and helping them to make informed choices about local health and social care services and improving their health and wellbeing. I also have a keen interest in complementary therapies and qualified as an Auricular Acupuncture therapist some years ago and have enjoyed being able to deliver service for people with Alcohol and substance misuse problems. I have lived in the borough for a year a year and continue to enjoy exploring what Waltham Forest has to offer.