HEBDEN BRIDGE WOMAN TALKS ABOUT HER WORK IN FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH

INTERVIEW WITH A WOMAN WHO LIVES OUTSIDE HEBDEN BRIDGE

chrisCan you tell me a bit about yourself? I’m not married, I have a long-term partner called Murray and we have got a son called Ruben who is thirteen and has just started in year 9 at school.

Where do you live? I live outside Hebden Bridge at Hardcastle Crags.

What do you do for a living? My first job is working for an organisation called CLOVER LEAF – it provides advocacy support for people who use social care services; so we work with disabled people, older people or sometimes with people who have mental health issues. We aim to give them a voice and a say in the decisions that affect their lives and the support they receive. We also go to meetings with them but we don’t go to court with them as we are not legal advocates.

So in effect you act as a voice for vulnerable people? Yes, but we do also encourage them to be independent.

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