Louise is dyslexic, an artist who is very creative and highly innovative. Her work involves mixed media art work, digital and screen prints, hand design soft furnishings. Louise also has her own hand made print scarves and bespoke items commissions at art shops.
Louise is a very well-established, London based Textile Designer and Artist.
Graduating from UEL in 2002, where she acquired a First class BA honours in Printed Textile and Surface Decoration, she now works as a Freelance Artist/Designer and Arts Development worker; with children and young adults.
Dr Leslie Anne Kerr
Lesley-Anne graduated as a cell and molecular biologist and received her doctorate from Guy’s Medical School. She continued with genetic medical research at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, the John Radcliffe Hospital and the Scripps Clinic in California.
As a practitioner Lesley-Anne has always believed in empowering people through knowledge and supporting them to achieve the most they can.
Tracey Partridge is a Senior Lecturer of Lifelong Learning, in the Department of Secondary LLTE and PE & Sport at the University of Greenwich.
Tracey is interested in dyslexia and how students are supported within the Higher Education (HE) environment, particularly on the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Lifelong Learning Sector (LLS) programme. She presently supports dyslexic students and intends to implement a small research project to study the effectiveness of the support. Tracey lectures on a range of courses in the PGCE Further Education (FE) programme and tutors both full time and distance learners.
She has a particular interest in learning theories, and coordinates the Professional Development Portfolio course as well as trainee teacher placements for students on the full time PGCE and mentors across all our Lifelong Learning programmes.
Prior to joining the university, she was a full time lecturer in Politics and Course Coordinator at Tower Hamlets College. Here, she undertook a number of mentoring roles on a range of courses as well as responsibility for coordinating Key Skills (Functional Skills) across the college. Whilst there, she also undertook training in diagnosing and supporting dyslexic students through the London Language and Literacy Unit at Southbank University, and qualified to train teachers to diagnose and support dyslexic students.
Tracey was a member of the working group, looking at English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) learners with dyslexia and delivered a number of workshops, training sessions and co-authored a publication as a guide for tutors in this field.
Venessa Bobb founder of A2ndVoice set up a parent-led non for profit organisation in May 2012. She has three children LaShawna-Louise 15, Nathaniel 13 and Michaela 10. Nathaniel was diagnosed with Autism and ADHD in April 2008.
A2ndvoice was set up, due to the challenges and the struggles Venessa faced and realised there was a gap in offering support for black families and other communities. A2ndvoice aims to look at the dynamics of the family needs as well as the child and adult with autism and other related conditions such as ADHD, Social Communication Disorders, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and many others that can missed with Autism.
A2ndVoice continue to push for change looking to support the silent voices, hosting a range of events for the parents, families and also autistic adults, because too often parents and carers are presented with services which forget that autistic children grow into autistic adults.
A2ndVoice has been innovative in addressing topics that have not been addressed through mainstream services. This includes autistic teenagers and young people getting caught up in street crime and raising awareness amongst the criminal justice system, parenting autistic teens through puberty, and keeping autistic people safe in adult relationships. As well as raising the voice of the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Autistic community.
A2ndvoice won the Include Me Too – National Recognition Community of the Year award and also the Local Unsung Heroes – Wandsworth Mayor’s Roll of Honours Awards 2015 for her voluntary work in the local community.
She is also a Branch Officer for the Lambeth Autism Group part of The National Autistic Society (NAS) and NAS Councillor for Greater London.
She has spoken on radio and also been featured in the The Voice and The Guardian. Venessa believes the only way forward in making a difference within the community is by representation and not just ticking the boxes. Autism needs to be visible everywhere and the BAME community and those with silent voices need to be heard.