I am Rebecca and I have been a member of SRSS for quite some and have recently become involved with supporting Kay and Beth with the organisation.
I am a mum of four boys, and two of them have autistic spectrum conditions.
I am a second year undergraduate student studying PsychoSocial Studies and I am planning to continue to study a masters degree.
For 10 years I worked in mental health services and homeless hostels as a support worker.
In 2007 I started working for a carers support agency, as a Young Carers Worker and Family Support
Worker, supporting families and children who care for someone with a disability,
mental health problems, learning disabilities, long term illness or substance
I facilitated several carer support groups and young carers groups as well as giving 1-1 support to carers of all ages. My role involved assisting and advocating carers to access services, listening and emotional support and raising awareness for family carers in the general public and media. I worked within schools to raise awareness of Young carers and the problems they faced, and to ensure they were receiving maximum support from their school.
I sadly had to take a career break in 2016 when my own son became too unwell to attend school. Combining studying with working and being a full time carer was becoming impossible to manage, but I try to use my experience gained through my career and personal experiences by offering peer support and other parent carers.
I have had training in counselling skills, supporting people with mental health problems, substance misuse, working with children and young people and safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. I have also have training in benefits and welfare advice, including disability benefits.
As a volunteer for SRSS I will not be acting in a professional capacity, but instead as a peer supporter, helping other parents from the experience of being a parent of a child with school refusal, but my past experience is useful to help signpost others to useful sources of help.