I have often come across Black and Minority Ethnic groups (BME’s) who complain that the system does not work for them and so I've recognised the need to lend my input in shaping it. I am passionate about helping local people to have a say in the health and social care services and to represent the BME voice in Salford. I am keen to ensure that health and social care services are truly representative of the diverse nature of the city.
I have worked previously in social work in Ghana, but my career in the UK has centred around care and support work, both in residential institutions and within the community. My most continuous service has been with Hampshire County Councils dementia facility, Addenbrooke, in Gosport. Having seen the various aspects of health and social care, I have found particular interest in mental issues within the community and take up any opportunity to champion this cause. In line with this, I have recently trained to be a dementia friend. I believe that my service at the forefront of service delivery in health and social will be beneficial, as I will be able to see things from the perspective of a frontline care giver.
The ethos of Healthwatch I believe is a great one and the organisation is currently at a very interesting point in its development. I want to challenge myself to be a part of the excitement of these developmental stages, where I feel my background in corporate governance will also be useful. My motivation to sit on the board of HWS comes from being a firm believer of "brightening the corner where you are". I hope that HWS will truly represent the voice the people of Salford . I am hoping that our membership will increase and the populace will know of the vital role that they play in the functioning of HWS. I hope that the approaches we use will become a national benchmark and our vision to aspire to be the best we can will be achieved.
In my spare time, I love cooking African and Oriental dishes, but I have yet to master the roast dinner. I love gardening and I have two allotments which are turning in some real organic produce. Both of these activities I do together with my son, who is absolutely full of energy . I also enjoy theatre concerts and plays with historical themes whenever I can.