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 training 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 then 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.
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 we have spent some time volunteering 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.
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People website
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. The Milton Keynes and Bedford Crohn's and Colitis UK group aim to raise awareness, improve patient care and fundraise.
The group holds regular social events as well as Organising Team meetings. Details of upcoming events are on the group Facebook page.
Medical Detection Dogs trains dogs to detect the odour of human disease. It is at the forefront of the research into the fight against cancer and helping people with life-threatening diseases.
Their Bio-Detection dogs are trained to find the odour of diseases, such as cancer, in samples such as urine, breath and swabs. Their Medical Alert Assistance Dogs are trained to detect minute changes in an individual's personal odour triggered by their disease and alert them to an impending medical event.
This charity is funded entirely by voluntary contributions and I have been lucky enough to volunteer on their Ambassador Dog programme.
Medical Detection Dogs website