Vickie - Activities Co-Ordinator - Director
I am the project coordinator for Signpost Inclusion, I started as volunteer fundraiser for 12 months before becoming project coordinator. During the last 5 years I have enjoyed both planning and delivering activities for both young people and families to enjoy together. Being a parent of a teenager with autism and high levels of anxiety means I understand how difficult it is accessing appropriate activities and venues. It is this personal experience and the links I have with our families that helps to steer the direction signpost inclusion takes. I have especially enjoyed our swimming journey. It started off as an idea but ended up being a special needs swimming club within 18 months. Its projects like this that mean I enjoy every aspect of my work within signpost and I'm very excited about what the future holds for us all!
Rachel - Administration & Finance Officer - Director
My name is Rachel, I originally started volunteering with Signpost Inclusion as a parent of two children with additional needs who accessed the activities provided. I now work in the office in administration and finance, occasionally covering clubs where needed. Having worked in schools for many years I took the route and did level 2 training in teaching and learning, although my family life halted my pursuit of level 3. I previously worked as a child-minder and a lunchtime supervisor and I am a Governor at a local school, where I also play an active role in the PTFA. Currently I am home educating my eldest daughter through GCSEs due to her needs. I am happy and excited to be part of the Signpost team.
Rob - 11-16 Youth/Gaming Activity Worker
My name is Robert Clarke and I work with signpost inclusion, most recently at Youth Group and Gaming Club. I have gained experience as a youth worker whilst working for Solihull MBC where I started as a volunteer. My passion for working with young disabled people comes from seeing a family whom I know very well lose a child at a young age. My hope is to pass on my enthusiasm to children and young people who do not always get the same opportunities as others. At the end of the working day, knowing that I have contributed to a child's happiness, enjoyment and development puts a smile on my face.
Tony - PA Lead
Having been involved in many different aspects of Signpost Inclusion from background things like administration and organisation to working directly with families and youth work with our successful Ackers project and youth groups. My favourite part of my job has always been working with young people and seeing them progress through our activities and clubs. We work with some truly inspirational families and young people and have seen lots of them grow in confidence, improve self esteem, learn new skills and make new friends. Due to this I have taken a step back from the office and activity work and now focus on my role as a personal assistant. As well as my work with Signpost Inclusion, I am also a support worker, assisting young people and adults who have additional needs to access activities in the community and supporting them to learn life skills.
Dave - Business Management Support - Non-Executive Director
I was first introduced to Signpost Inclusion after our youngest son was diagnosed with Autism and Alexithymia. After participating in regular parent groups, sharing experiences and helpful information; and the variety of family support activities that we participated in, it was clear how important and supportive this organisation was in providing a family orientated support service to children with additional needs.
After providing some voluntary support with group activities, I am now hoping to transfer some of my knowledge and experience in business management, my community work in managing and coaching grass roots football and my Charity work as Vice Chair of Solihull Mind to support Signpost Inclusion in continuing its successful growth and ensuring a sustainable future. I fully believe in the Signpost Inclusion ethos and the amazing work carried out by staff in the planning, and executing of all their projects and activities they do to support local families.