who we are

SPIRIT  platform members:


Andrew Power, Melanie Nind, Matthew King and Claudia Joyce (L-R) from SPIRIT Meeting, 14 Apr. 2016

Dr Andrew Power, Social Geographer at University of Southampton, interested in disability research and working inclusively with disabled people.

Prof. Melanie Nind, Professor of Education at University of Southampton, with strong background in inclusive research with people with learning disabilities.

Kerry Martin, a self-advocate from People First Dorset (http://peoplefirstdorset.org.uk/meet-us/our-team/), and a member of the National Forum and involved with the Norah Fry Institute.

Matthew King, a self-advocate from Southampton, who is actively involved in the local Partnership Board and self-advocacy groups, Busy People and the Hub.

Claudia Joyce, locational manager at Choices Advocacy at Southampton, actively involved in managing advocacy for people with learning disabilities across the Southampton region.

Chris Mellor, a self-advocate at People First Dorset, and also works as a Day Services Quality Checker (http://peoplefirstdorset.org.uk/our-services/quality-checkers/)

Clare Tarling, an advocate at People First Dorset, with roles in the Forum, Easy Read Design and a Quality Checker.


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