Goodbye to Penny and Isabel
Both Isabel and Penny decided it was time to move on from Making Waves and pursue other ideas/interests and both left earlier this year. This is a huge loss for Making Waves but we expect them to do great things elsewhere!
Penny began working with Making Waves in 2005 as a volunteer.
Penny set up the “people you know, places you go ” project. People were supported to take pictures of places they go and people they know exploring their experiences of social inclusion.
Penny was taken on by Making Waves in 2008 were she developed a number of projects including ‘recovery’ approaches and coming off psychiatric drugs. Penny developed life story work and supported people in thinking about their history and what they wanted and/or felt was most useful to say about it. In 2009 Penny worked with Julie Repper from Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust to develop a Peer Support Worker programme and was instrumental in establishing and carrying out the training.
Isabel attended a ‘Training for Trainers’ course we ran in 2008. When we needed to look for a replacement for David Gow in 2009 as Training Co-ordinator Isabel was recruited. PINE (Participation in Nurse Education) was losing us large amounts of money and Isabel worked hard to persuade the university that we needed to be funded differently. At the point were we were about to shut down the programme Isabel’s hard work paid off and she secured a contract with the University of Nottingham for 3 years work. This enabled us to recruit and train new trainers and for Isabel to provide a programme of training and support that was considerably better than anything we had managed before.