Supporting Resilient Faith Formation
In Children, Youth & Adults of All Abilities
As a Speaker • Consultant • Advisor • Trainer • Writer
On Additional Needs & Disability
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, speak, write and deliver training on:
- Building lifelong faith in children and youth with additional needs and disabilities.
- Anyone with additional needs and disabilities being included in the whole life of the church.
- The church reaching out to people in their communities – regardless of age, need or ability.
- The church reaching out to vulnerable children, youth and adults in every sphere of need.
- I’m also passionate about seeing those with additional needs and disabilities being mentored and released into ministry and encouraged to follow their God given gifting.
I often work alongside my lovely hubby Steve who 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:
- Co-Founder of the Additional Needs Alliance.
- Advisor on Additional Needs/Disability for children, youth and adults.
- Trainer of those working with children, youth or adults who have additional needs and disabilities in any faith setting. (Bespoke training tailored to need, free to churches with limited financial resources.)
- An Evangelical Alliance Council Member.
- Part of Home For Good’s Council of Reference.
- Part of ‘Churches For All’, as an associate representing the Additional Needs Alliance.
- Disability and Additional Needs Advisor to Spring Harvest.
- A member of Children Worldwide.
- The previous National Director of Children Worldwide – alongside my lovely hubby Steve. (Stepped down January 2016)
- Former chair of the ‘Children Matter!’ Coalition (FaithFull Generation).
- A blogger (as the Pondering Platypus) – when I have time!
- Regular writer and part of the editorial team for Christian Today.
- An occasional writer for the Youth and Children’s Work Magazine (and many other publications).
- The person behind the Pondering Platypus Resources – creative prayer for families in the home (But also usable in a church context)
- 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!
- And…. I’m often asked to write chapters and quotes 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.
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