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  • Employment coach and trainer.

  • Worked extensively with people living with disabilities.

  • Passionate about empowerment.

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I have extensive experience as an employment adviser and CV consultant, trainer, facilitator, and personal performance coach working throughout the UK and in Sweden, Norway and India and have worked within the public, voluntary and corporate sectors. I am passionate about empowerment, training and coaching and have an extensive training and coaching portfolio.

I am committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, working with people and organisations to enable them to successfully achieve their goals. I hold a social work qualification with the General Social Care Council, management qualification with the Chartered Management Institute, Personal Performance Coaching Diploma at distinction level with The Coaching Academy and an adult teaching and training qualification (PTLLS).

I have successfully acquired additional qualifications and certificates as follows:

  • Equality & Diversity

  • Deprivation of Liberty

  • Mental Capacity Act

  • Safeguarding

  • End of Life

  • Mental Health Problems

I have worked extensively with people living with disabilities and long-term health conditions, people with mental health problems, people from a diverse range of BAME backgrounds, homeless people, the LGBT community, and the transgender community.

I work from the perspective that people from these groups often have a range of honed skills which are a direct result of overcoming the challenges and barriers which they experience during their lives, these honed skills include resilience, resourcefulness, and determination.

I have lived experience of many of the issues experienced by the people and groups with whom I have worked throughout my career and have been living with HIV since the beginning of the HIV epidemic and I also live with a degenerative spinal condition, neuropathy and arthritis.

I was the first UK local government training officer responsible for HIV appointed in 1989 within the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham and became a free-lance trainer in 2006, prior to this I was a residential care middle manager in Haringey.

In 2009 I was commissioned to develop an innovative leadership programme by ‘The Essex Coalition of Disabled People’ entitled ‘LeadingAbility’ a leadership programme for people living with disabilities and long-term health conditions, this was also piloted for veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq.

In 2015 I was commissioned to design and develop the highly successful leadership pilot programme Leadership Academy Programme (LAP) for Disability Rights UK for people living with disabilities and long term health conditions an innovative leadership programme based in the social model of disability which perceives disability as a leadership advantage. I subsequently went on to develop the social model of HIV which I developed and utilised in my work within the ‘Terrence Higgins Trust Work Positive Programme’ where I was employed to deliver and design a range of workshops and employment coaching from 2015 – 2020

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I have been commissioned to deliver training for the ‘Local Government Association’ (LGA) working in partnership with the ‘Access 2 Elected Office Programme’ in which I was commissioned to provide training for people living with disabilities and long-term health conditions and their mentors; this programme aimed to enable participants to become local councillors and potential members of parliament.

I have also worked with Opening Doors London facilitating support groups for older gay men who are living with HIV and as a sessional facilitator providing social activities for the older LGBT community.

Over recent years I have developed an increased focus of working as an employment coach, trainer and CV consultant working with people to enable them to gain or sustain employment, this has included working with people living with disabilities and long-term health conditions, people who experience homelessness and the transgender community.

My portfolio and track record includes working with the Terrence Higgins Trust, Disability Rights UK, the Local Government Association, Thames Reach Employment Academy, The House of St Barnabas Employment Academy, Dean St Clinic Trans Bootcamp Programme (NHS), Opening Doors London, the Ecovis London Foundation and Beecholme Adult Care.

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Thank you for all your help and training on my Trans Project Bootcamp this year and for your support with the group through coronavirus on Zoom, they really enjoyed doing The SWOT analysis and your skills with CV writing. 

Rebecca Tallon de Havilland

Peer Support Worker – Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

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