I have been working within the field of equality and diversity for over fifteen years as an equality trainer, consultant and project manager in the cultural sector. My training focuses on making the removal of disabling barriers a reality for people with impairments.
I have worked in both a paralegal and developmental capacity, using my creative flair to reach a wider audience in an imaginative and thought-provoking way.
Client-centred and bespoke, I use a range of delivery styles in order to maximise the learning experience for all participants. I create a friendly and non-judgemental environment in which to deliver material that is imaginative and fun. My work includes lively group activities, interesting debate, thought-provoking video, and visual and written resources.
Example Disability Equality training courses:
This workshop will include a basic understanding of the social model of disability, disability etiquette and disabling barriers. One of the following topics can also be covered depending upon the needs of the client: stereotypes, historical attitudes, or disability related legislation
Basic One Day Session
This session will include a detailed understanding of the social model of disability, disability etiquette and disabling barriers. It can also include a number of topics which can further the participants understanding of inclusion. These will very much depend upon the needs of client, but can include: stereotypes, historical attitudes and disability related legislation. Participants will be assessed by formative assignments.
Comprehensive Two Day Course
This course is a more in-depth exploration of the basic one day session, and will include both formative and summative assignments. The sessions will include a detailed understanding of the social model of disability, disability etiquette and disabling barriers. It can also include a number of topics to develop a full understanding of inclusion and best practice. These will very much depend upon the needs of clients, but can include: stereotypes, historical attitudes, activism, eugenics, multiple oppression and disability related legislation.
“Gemma has an in-depth understanding of the barriers faced by people with disabilities and is an excellent advocate in developing inclusive practice and approaches. As part of our work together, she was able to work effectively with organisations in both a consultancy and training capacity, to help guide their planning and to ensure the provision of accessible opportunities for all. Gemma is able to work with a high level of sensitivity to the needs of participants and is able to provide concise reports with practical recommendations for improving provision. I would highly recommend her work.”
Ben Ballad, Programme Manager at Sharpham Trust
Gemma’s delivery for the training was excellent. She presented a great mix of information, practical group discussions, interactivity and personal experiences. All my team felt very well engaged, and the training gave them the opportunity to think more specifically about different people’s needs, and to not be worried about ‘getting things wrong’. A very positive experience for everyone!”
Liz O’Neill, CEO, Z-arts
“I found the training day illuminating and challenging in equal measures. It really made me think deeply about how disability is portrayed in the media and how disabled people have had to overcome societal barriers in every period of history – right up to the present day with the current debate over disability allowance payments. I felt that the range of activities was varied and Gemma ensured the pace of the day was appropriate for the audience.”
Jonathan Westrup, Head of Learning and Participation, Drake Music