User & Carer Involvement - Staff
Hi my name is Kalpana and I’m the manager here at UCI, where we believe that everyone has the right to live the life they choose. Before working for UCI I was a teacher for additional support needs and specialised in communication. I am really interested in working with people in a variety of ways including non-verbal augmented. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and pets. When not doing that I find reading, arts and crafting a great way to unwind and relax. I hope you enjoy looking at our website and please do leave any feedback or pop over to our Facebook page and follow us there for more pictures and activities we are involved with. Bye for now Kalpana 😊
Learning Disability Worker
Hi, I'm Joe Gough, Development Worker, Learning Disabilities with UCI. I have had the privilege to work alongside people with Learning Disabilities for nearly 25 years in both the statutory, third and voluntary Sector. Within the statutory I have worked for both the Highland Council, where in my last role I managed a day service, and with Dumfries and Galloway Council where again in my last role, I managed a day service, namely Stranraer ARC. My first role with the Council was working on a specific project around out of region placements before moving on to become a practitioner with the Self-Directed Support team, where I was awarded practitioner of the year in 2013. I have also supported The Borders, East Renfrewshire and S. Ayrshire HSCP through my role as an Associate with the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTI). I am also an Associate with In Control Scotland. I also developed a project for SPAEN in various parts of the country. In a voluntary capacity I jointly set up Wigtownshire Stuff to develop real opportunities for younger adults with support needs in the west of the region and a similar project for the Stewartry, called Stewartry Stuff. These and other roles, I do alongside my work for UCI. Whatever I do, I always aim to promote the human rights of and opportunities for all people.
Hens' Den Development Worker
Hi my name is Sarra, I’m the new Development Worker for the Hens' Den; I have lived and worked in Dumfries for over 25 years. Before taking up the post at the Hens' Den I worked as a senior support worker in residential care; working with children, young people and adults with additional needs. I passionately believe that living the life you choose is everyone's right and will always promote this. I enjoy spending time with my family, playing Frisbee with my dog, going on holiday, reading, and listening to music. I enjoy meeting people, sharing skills and new experiences and feel that the Hens' Shed is the perfect place to do this.