Education – second life

My second life began after cancer. Greatly debilitated by pain and fatigue and unable to work, I concentrated on the things I could do – and had always wanted to do – and signed up for courses in deaf signing, art and counselling and became deeply involved in voluntary activities – which brought further training opportunities.
After 2 years of a 4 year fine art diploma I was able to step onto a BA Hons degree. Breast cancer intruded a few years later (I’d had 10 years on HRT – never realised the risks) and  treatments knocked me sideways: I had to take a year out, then commute to a straight BA. But it was a fantastic experience – and I wasn’t doing it to gain letters after my name.


1999 Bachelor of Arts, Visual Studies, University of Lincolnshire & Humberside


        1991 Royal Society of Arts Counselling Skills Certificate

+ numerous Cancerlink supportive care courses (listening and

responding/telephone support/bereavement counselling etc)

        1991 Council for the Advancement of Communication with Deaf People (CACDP)Stage 1

Teaching Qualifications

1991 City & Guilds of London Institute ALBSU, Adult Literacy Basic Skills Unit, Initial Certificate in Teaching Basic Communication Skills (teaching literacy)

1996 Cancerlink: Training the Trainer’ Certificate (teaching listening  skills)

Training/Partnership working

2000 Cancerlink CancerVoices ‘Good Practice  in User-Involvement’ Course sponsored by North Yorkshire Health Authority.

1994-2002 Community Health Council/Association of Community Health Councils England and Wales– numerous NHS/partnership-working courses.

1992-94 P/T Vocational Course Part 1 Art & Design – Upper Credit, YorkCollege of Further & Higher Education

1992 Social Services Child Fostering course

1992 Victim Support Visiting course


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