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As well as being a freelance writer I am also a qualified counsellor and I work for a low cost counselling service in Exeter and for the NHS Gender Clinic also in Exeter.

Simultaneously, I work as a Disability Member of the First Tier Tribunal, Social Entitlement Chamber sitting on disability benefit tribunals on an ad hoc basis.

As a writer I specialise in writing about disability and health.

My articles have been published in the Guardian, Times, OUCH! [BBC disability website], Disability Now, Broadcast, Lifestyle [Motability magazine], The Practising Midwife, 'Junior, Pregnancy & Baby', Writers' News, Able, Getting There [Transport for London magazine], Junior, Community Care, DPPi [Disability, Pregnancy & Parenthood International]. I have also had articles commissioned by Daily Mail.

For more information about me and for examples of my writing please see below.

If you would like me to write an article for your publication, about any aspect of disability, please do get in touch:

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Article about Young Disabled Campaigners in Disability Now

Have a look at the article I wrote for Feb 2012 Disability Now magazine about young campaigners, as mentioned in my previous post.

They are a fabulous bunch of young disabled people:

If you get the chance the article looks even better in the printed version....

Monday, January 23, 2012

New Year New Motivation

I love the beginning of the year as I'm all motivated. In fact I've been so busy my New Years Resolution of making sure I write one blog entry a month [surely I can do that?] nearly fell by the wayside...

Already this year I've written a great article about young disabled campaigners for Disability Now, it great because it features some fab young people who have already done a huge amount to try and improve the lot of disabled people, the youngest started campaigning at 10 years old. How's that for inspiration.

The only shame of the article is that it won't reach a wider audience as it's the sort of thing I'd love to see the Guardian going for, showing the wider public how positive and brilliant young disabled people can be. They are as far from loitering around street corners, moaning, scrounging benefits [as the Daily Mail would have you believe] as you can get.

I've also been doing a massive clear out, there's not a drawer, cupboard or box in my house that I don't know the contents of now. What I love about doing this is not just the recycling and decluttering element but finding things I'd forgotten I had. The whole process has made me feel very positive and sorted in more ways than one.

This feeling also ties in with the fact that I have after over 7 years of primarily looking after children embarked on a course, just for me! It's a Certificate In Counselling course, the idea is to see whether I like studying again and if I like the subject of counselling, then if I do I could potentially take it further.

Even after just a few weeks of the course I'm really enjoying doing something new, and that together with reading a book about being more assertive could possibly mean I end up a whole new woman by the end of 2012, watch this space.