From a very early age I was always fascinated by the “person in the bubble” communicating with their hands, in the corner of the television. I vowed to learn sign language one day and in 1998 enrolled in a beginners class. I was immediately hooked!
I went on to successfully gain my certificate in BSL Level 1 and 2 and completed Deaf Awareness and Deafblind Awareness courses.
In 2003 I attended a BTEC Communication Support Worker course, whilst working in a secondary school. However, my ambition was always to be an interpreter, so I then went on to gain my BSL NVQ Level 3 and 4 qualification.
Finally in 2007, I graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with my Post Graduate Diploma in British Sign Language/English Interpreting.
In 2016 I also qualified as a lipspeaker and now offer communication support for deafened and hard of hearing people who reply on lipreading.
I am registered with the National Registers of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind People NRCPD https://www.nrcpd.org.uk. I hold professional indemnity insurance and a current enhanced DBS check.
Since Covid-19, I have undertaken additional training to specialise in offering a remote service, as an alternative to face to face support. I have a secure, private, confidential workspace. I am comfortable working across multiple software platforms such as Zoom and Teams.