My psychology degree provided research and training in educational psychology as well as other key areas (communication, research, occupational psychology, stress management, diversity and empowerment) very relevant to permaculture education.
My learning was supported by research and implementation of qualitative and quantitative studies - good experience for evaluating current systems. This has been helpful for my work in permaculture when focusing on implementing and maintaining change.
Psychology is a critical scientific approach, and provides a good basis for evaluating, simplifying and better communicating to a wide audience.
With educational psychology as the seed to my future learning, I undertook several years of teaching & supporting those with complex needs. This provided me with a solid base for teaching for various learning styles and communicating with a diverse group.
After University I worked for many years assisting the teaching of City and Guild Skills for Life to adults with additional needs including learning disabilties and mental health conditions.
I completed a NVQ diploma and BSL level 2 and supported staff members through their NVQ pathways.
Later I completed thorough management training (change management, communication, behaviour change) and managed complex care facilties and their corresponding budgets, engaged the local community, ran events and empowered my service users.
As a manager and fundraiser I successfully worked on the European LEADER One School One Planet project in Llanfyllin, where I funded £68,000 for a pilot study getting permaculture into a high school in North Wales.
I also supported and part wrote the funding application to develop a permaculture academy in Uganda with Sector39.
I am experienced in managing complex projects and budgets, as well as providing facilitation and management to various and often large scale projects. I use this valuable experience to support my work in permaculture and to strengthen the education network further.
I recently completed the Train the Teacher (ToT) residential training, to help me better understand the challenges faced by our teaching network and improve my facilitation.