I am a director at Stephen Harrison Academy Ltd. and work as a playworker in the SNIPS special needs snooker group and an SHA Befriender.
I was one of the very first members of the academy over 10 years ago. I first met Steve when SHA first started running a snooker group for adults with disabilities which my brother attended.
After the success of the adults snooker group, SHA and SNIPS launched a group for children which I attended when I was 12 years old. I attended the SNIPS sessions and the Cue Club After School Snooker group for 6 years until I turned 18.
I did my Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award and my work experience at the academy and when I turned 18 I started to volunteer at SHA passing on the skills that I learnt over the years as a service user.
After a year of volunteering at the academy Steve offered me my first paid position as a playworker and snooker coach. In 2020 I was invited to become a director of the academy, a role that is a great source of pride and responsibility for me personally.
In my role as director I help Steve to manage the academy and am responsible for staff training, website and social media, and policy and procedure as well as continuing my role as playworker supporting the children and young people in our sessions.
I fully believe in Stephen Harrison's vision and am committed to the great work he does at SHA, I am passionate about giving the incredible support that I receieved from SHA growing up to all the young people at the academy because I know first hand just how valuable and lifechanging being involved with SHA can be for a young person.
Director at Stephen Harrison Academy