This is the page I always resist writing.
But I’m told it’s a helpful thing to do….. so here it goes!
The Working Me
I’ve been in full time ministry for over 27 years, having initially trained with Scripture Union. Before that I was a nurse specialising in children with disabilities and additional needs.
I joined Children Worldwide 26 years ago, and was general director with my hubby Steve for many years. We are still members!
I’m passionate about and deliver training on:
- Building spiritual resilience in children of all abilities
- Children being included in the whole life of the church – regardless of need or ability.
- The church reaching out to children in their communities – regardless of need or ability.
- The church reaching out to vulnerable children in every sphere of need.
- I’m also passionate about the same things for adults with additional needs and disabilities, and often train and advise in that area too.
I have a longstanding reputation for working with, and training leaders of, children who have additional needs and disabilities – something I’ve been passionate about since I was 14 years old.
I often work alongside my lovely hubby Steve. Together, we do assemblies, inter-generational services, training events and more. Steve mentors others in ministry, is an accomplished ventriloquist and great children’s worker in his own right.
What I do often tends to be in the name of other people and organisations – which I love. This ministry is not about me, it’s about Kingdom work. As you will see from my rather neglected blog – I’m usually writing for other people.
To help you, here’s a summary of what I do:
- Chair of the “Children Matter!” Coalition (FaithFull Generation).
- Co-Founder of the Additional Needs Alliance.
- Advisor on Additional Needs/Disability for both children and adults.
- Trainer of those working with children and adults who have additional needs and disabilities in any faith setting. (Bespoke training tailored to need, free to churches with limited financial resources.)
- Speaker for children’s events, camps etc.
- Story teller.
I am also:
- An Evangelical Alliance Council Member.
- Part of Home For Good’s Council of Reference.
- Represent the Children Matter coalition and the Additional Needs Alliance as an associate of “Churches For All”.
- Disability and Additional Needs Advisor to Spring Harvest (children, youth and adults).
- A member of Children Worldwide.
- The previous National Director of Children Worldwide – also alongside my lovely hubby Steve. (Stepped down January 2016)
- A blogger (as the Pondering Platypus) – when I have time!
- Regular writer for Christian Today.
- An occasional writer for the Youth and Children’s Work Magazine and many other publications.
- And many other things that may appear – during the current Covid crisis, the ‘many other things’ list is growing! There’s now lots of recordings of my training, interviews and presentations out there!
- The person behind the Pondering Platypus Resources – creative prayer for families in the home (But also usable in a church context)
- And…. I’m often asked to write chapters for books!
I Am Accountable To:
- My Council of Reference: (The link between Children Worldwide & my Church) Ruth Dunning (Chair), Chris & Sharon Leeson, Kathryn Parker, Ray & Marion Lovejoy
- The Leadership of my ‘sending’ church where I am a mission Partner. (Knighton Free Church)
- The Trustees of Family Foundations Trust (Via Children Worldwide)
I strongly believe in the need for good accountability and maintaining integrity in all I do. I publish this information here to allow transparency, and give a place to raise any concerns or ask questions.
If you would like to book me for anything, please don’t assume I’m too busy – contact me and let’s talk!
The Everyday Me:
- A shy introvert who loves knitting, crochet and writing.
- Gadget geek who appreciates real coffee (lactose free milk & one sugar please!)
- Dislike tea most of the time.
- Definitely hate ironing…..
- Married to the gorgeous Steve.
- Just happen to be disabled – but it doesn’t stop me (I either use a four wheeled beast-ette called ‘Pippin’, or a foldable lightweight – as yet un-named – power chair to get around. They are interchangeable depending on circumstances, comfort required, and the transport I need to access getting to meetings) You can find out more about about my conditions here:
- If people say or assume I can’t do something because of my disability – my common reply is: #JustWatchMe
Would You Like to Support Me?
I have a giving page with Stewardship. It can be found here.