Hannah has been on the board of directors of the Centre For Independent Living Kent (CiLK) since 2013 and at the AGM last year she was voted as Chairperson.
Since Hannah started voluntary working for CiLK she has been involved with many of the working projects within the charity. Now as Chairperson she is working hard to try and deliver the best services that CiLK can provide and achieve, doing this with the great support from the dedicated staff and the other directors.
Hannah has studied 3 GNVQ Health and Social Care courses, Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced and got a Merit, Distinction, Merit, which she has been proud of achieving. Hannah has also passed an Introduction to Counselling Course and a Clait Course.
Hannah has Cerebral Palsy and she is fully reliant on her powered-wheelchair to get around. In 2001, Hannah was lucky enough to be offered her own purpose-built bungalow, where Hannah has lived independently ever since. Hannah employs 3 Personal Assistants, 2 of those are Live-In PAs doing 2 weeks on/2 weeks off, and the other PA stands in to cover time off for the Live-in PA’s.
Hannah has a personal budget from the local authority which she receives as Direct Payments. This enables her to buy in her own support and allows her to have the freedom, choice and flexibility on how her support is delivered.
In the past, Hannah has been involved with a number of different disability and health groups and committees, these include a Local Disability Forum, Integration of Health and Social Care Communication Engagement Group, Housing Forums etc. She has also done some disability awareness and equality training and been involved in some case studies for different Disability Organisations, even when she was at school she did various talks for Social Services and was often seen on protest groups.
Hannah is also a Patient Representative for the Kent Community Health NHS Trust and currently she sits on the Equality and Diversity Panel, this links in well with work she does for CiLK.
Hannah’s interests are: Accessible Technology, Campaigning for Disability and Equality Rights, Social Care and Health Care Matters. Hannah enjoys a full and active lifestyle, which includes dining out, the theatre, the cinema, socialising with family and friends, shopping trips and many many cups of tea!
Hannah has never let her disability get in the way of what she wants to achieve from life.