About me

Creative and industrious designer specialising in adaptable clothing and styling for disabled children and adults . Drawn upon my personal experiences of being a mother of a child with a disability.

Education

University West of England, Higher Education Fashion /Textiles

2011- 2014 Distinction

Art and Design Foundation Diploma Studies

2004- 2005 Merit

Coleg Gwent, Pontypool, 3 A - levels

2002 - 2004

Abersychan Comprehensive School, Pontypool, 11 GCSE’s

2000- 2002 Technical Skills and Achievements

Professional sewing skills -

Ballet costumes designed for disabled children for 10 Downing Street and United Nations performances.

Computer skills -

Photoshop, Illustrator,Indesign,Word, Powerpoint and Excel

Professional engagement -

Parent/carer representative for the Childrens Centre Nevill Hall 2018. Courses

Understanding Autism Course Challenging behaviour workshop

   Disability awareness training                  Anxiety Workshop

     Teamwork in the workplace                     Sleep Workshop

Level 2 in Customer Service            Makaton First Aid

Experience

Designer Tweak It Boutique, Blaenavon Aug 2018 - To date

  • Creating adaptable clothing for disabled adults.
  • Adapting high        street     garments               to            meet       the          specific  needs     of            disabled adults.
  • Organising costings and invoices.

Lead Fashion Stylist Flamingo Foundation, Bristol May 2015 - To date

  • Engaging with teens/young adults who have a variety of disabilities, adapting workshops for their needs.
  • Preparing the latest high street clothing trends and how to style different body shapes.
  • Offering parents/carers     advice    on           how        to            adapt      clothing  for           specific  needs and running workshops for them.

Costume and Prop Designer Flamingo Chicks, Bristol Jan 2015 - Apr 2016

  • Working with children who have disabilities to create costumes and props for ballet productions.
  • Pattern cutting, adapting and sourcing clothing for a variety of needs.
  • Built and set up stage props for ballet productions.
  • Sitting on the development board for this charity.

Knitwear Design Intern Made in Brighton, Bristol Jan 2013 - Sep 2013

  • Producing fully knitted swatches
  • Using industry standard techniques to a high level.
  • Preparing swatches for Premiere Vision.

Window Dresser Volunteer CHSW, Bristol June 2012 - Sep 2012

  • Designed layout and dressed windows to attract customers.
  • Responsible for organising donations and place in key areas to maximize selling potential.

Visual Merchandiser H&M, Cardiff June 2006 - Sep 2011

  • Worked throught the UK and Ireland opening new stores.
  • Responsible for training new Visual Merchandisers and Floor managers for the area.
  • Aided the stores status as one of the highest performing in region, References available upon request.

 

Reference #

4527386 / 49MT

Status

Complete

What qualities do you think are important when working as a personal assistant with a disabled person?

I believe that one of the most important qualities to work with a disabled person is to know that their voice and opinions are listened too and respected. Routine and clarity are important, a personal assistant that follows this ensures that the disabled person knows exactly what is happening and therefore minimising anxiety and stress of the unknown.

A personal assistant must be organised and prepared for the day’s activities, for example preparing the pecs are in the correct order for the disabled person. Helping the disabled person to make the most out the experiences, days out must be fun and a personal assistant must always engage and take part to ensure the disabled person feels safe and comfortable.

Aiding and carrying out tasks to help the disabled person to fulfil the daily tasks, if there are any areas that the personal assistant can help to encourage and promote independence, confidence and self-esteem this is key.

Patience is greatly needed in a personal assistant; various situations can affect a disabled person and being able to keep the calm and safe is highly important.

Most importantly building a positive relationship with the disabled person, so that they can live as independent, fulfilled and happiest of experiences whilst with their personal assistant.

What is it about PA work which appeals to you?

As a parent to a disabled child I know the importance of support for not only the disabled person but also to the family, a personal assistant I believe can support in this role.

With my own daughter, I always promote positivity and confidence. I enjoy taking her on new experiences and making sure those experiences are adapted specifically for her needs.

My skillset with my personal knowledge and experience I have gained working with disabled young adults I believe would transition perfectly into a personal assistant role.

Helping to create opportunities for disabled people to fulfil their likes, enjoyments, independence and confidence I believe would bring great fulling rewards to myself as a personal assistant.

Would you consider a casual position if you are unsuccessful with this job?

Yes

Do you drive?

Yes

Are you a vehicle owner?

Yes

Do you smoke?

No

Are you able to undertake training?

Yes

What days/nights are you able to work, or prefer to work?

Week days 10am - 2pm.

Are there any circumstances which would prevent you from providing cover or swapping a shift?

Yes

Please use the box below if you would like to expand on the answers given above and please state any job reference number(s) you wish to apply for.

I would be interested in working with children or disabled young women as this is where I have the most experience and happy to work with a couple of different people.

DPM909 Personal Assistant I would be interested in this role, as I have previously studied Art at college and love Game of Thrones. I feel I could engage with similar likes.

I am open to other suggestions you have for placements.

Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1975 * Within the nature of the work for which you are applying this position is exempt from the provisions of Section 4(2) of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 by virtue of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1975 (Exemptions Order). Applicants are therefore not entitled to withhold information about convictions which for other purposes are ‘spent’ under the provisions of this Act. In the event of employment, any failure to disclose such convictions could result in dismissal. Information given is confidential and will only be considered for the purposes of the application. If there is any such information you wish to provide?

No

I agree that there is nothing which would prevent me from doing this job.

Yes

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Yes

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I agree that the information I provide will be posted to the Dewis CIL PA noticeboard (all personal information will be withheld).

Yes

What geographical area's are you able to cover?

Merthyr Tydfil and Blaenau Gwent

How many hours of work can you offer per week?

20