I have been a support worker for the best part of 25 years, caring for the elderly, people with mental-health issues and homeless people. I have a Diploma and NVQ3 in Professional Counselling and have done various In-House training over the years, with MIND and with Stonham, Homegroup. I looked after my mother during her last 4-5 years when she suffered with dementia, in her own home, and up until early last year, looked after an elderly gentleman at his flat within a supported housing complex. I was with this man for 7 years. I am also a trained pianist having reached grade 7 on the piano. I am a keen swimmer and walker and enjoy visiting cultural events. I am not religious though I hold a deep sense of spiritual principles and respect others feel for this.