My Learning and Development career began as one of a team of trainers at a large IT Training company where I became a Microsoft Certified Trainer. I finished trainng with over 20 years experience, both with companies and on a freelance self employed basis.
I re-trained as an online tutor and mentor with Learn Direct and The Institute of IT and worked for Oaklands College and Warwickshire college delivering online IT courses.
I expanded this skill to work as an instructional designer and e-learning developer completing my TAP® Diploma in E-learning with the Training Foundation and Professional Certification in E-Learning with the University of Chester.
I currently act as Instructional Designer and E-learning Developer for large companies on a project by project basis. In addition, I create blended learning solutions for smaller training companies and consultants who do not have the need for a large company approach.
Volunteering and Fundraising
Crohn's and Colitis UK
I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 2001. After being ill for five years I finally managed to get into remission and have been lucky to stay mostly that way ever since. I kept my head in the sand for a very long time but in 2013 I joined the organising team of the Milton Keynes and Bedford Crohn's and Colitis UK group. The aims of the group are to raise awareness, improve patient care and fundraise.
The group holds regular social events as well as the Organising Team meetings. We are always pleased to meet new people and welcome new members.
Details of upcoming events are on the group Facebook page.
Macmillan Cancer Support
My good friend Liz Harvey lived with ovarian cancer for 3 years. Her friend John O sadly lost his Mum to cancer. Let's face it, most of us have been affected by cancer in one way or another.
But this is not a sad story...
Liz and John decided to use their humour and singing skills to laugh in its face.
I'm very happy to say that 'Carry On', an original song written by Jon Kendall is now available for download from a number of outlets including Amazon, iTunes and Google Play. All sales are in aid of Macmillan Cancer support and trust me it will bring (good) tears to your eyes.
As Liz said, 'I will be alright and I will fight the good fight and I'll be strong, you give me strength to carry on'
Thanks for believing we could do it.
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People
We have owned cocker spaniels for over 20 years and after the heartbreak of losing our last boy 'Rollo' we were not sure whether we wanted another dog.
It seemed a shame to waste this experience though and I now work as a Volunteer Puppy Trainer for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. We have learnt so much about puppy training and it is very rewarding to know that the pups will go on to change the life of a deaf person.
If you would like to know more about this worthwhile charity, please visit their website.