Dawn Bridgehouse - Secretary
I’m Norma Baillie and I qualified as a Vision Rehab Worker over 25 years ago.
I thoroughly enjoy the variety, the challenges and the opportunity to work with so many different people. I am an RWPN Mentor and currently the Rep for Scotland.
I qualified a long time ago, worked in a number of regions, and am now freelance in the Lincolnshire area. I achieved my BSc (Honours) and Deafblind (level 6) at Birmingham City University. I do some specialist work in Meares Irlen, Learning Disabilities and Dementia and a bit for the BBC on the IMT telescopic implant. In my spare time I am a welfare officer for the RAF Association and on the board of an hearing advisory service charity.
Hi my name is Dawn Bridgehouse. I’m a qualified Rehab Officer at Oldham Council, Greater Manchester. I’m a Guide Dog owner. I have been qualified since 2012 and completed the Complex Needs Hons Degree in 2018. I run a WhatsApp Group for VI Rehab Workers. I am also a Trustee of a Charity called VI Talk.
Andrea Doyle - Vice Chair
I’m a ROVI in Somerset. I started working with children who have visual impairment in 2006 for the Vision Support Team in Somerset. I completed the ROVI course from Newport University in 2013. In 2015, I moved from the children’s team to Adults Social Care. I have been a member of the RWPN committee for several years and enjoy helping to be a part of promoting and shaping the ROVI role through this sector. I help host the South West Regional Group.
I have worked with and for deafblind people for over 37 years, in the Social Care, Charity and the private sector as a Rehab Worker for VI (over 33 years), Deafblind Interpreter, Specialist Assessor and managing deafblind services. I enjoy enabling and teaching deafblind people and professionals, writing training courses and tutor on the Degree Level - Specialist Assessments and Rehabilitation modules at BCU.
I am Martin Kearney and I represent the North East on the RWPN committee. I have been a Rehab Officer since 2000 and work for Newcastle Social Services. I am a founder member of the VIEWS group. This group is for students and working age visually impaired people in the north east. I enjoy travel, outward bounds holidays, films, music and reading.
Simon Labbett - Chair
I have been working in the visual impairment sector since 1988 - over 15 years were with RNIB as a braille music transcriber, administrator and arts development worker. I qualified as a Vision Rehabilitation Worker in 2005 from BCU and have worked for Bradford Council since then. I helped set up RWPN in 2013 along with many of my colleagues on the committee.
I have over fifteen years’ practice as a qualified vision rehabilitation worker and I am now working for the London Borough of Southwark. I also have six years’ experience of managing sensory teams, PGCE qualified and have experience as a university lecturer. I am a confident trainer and public speaker. I currently Chair the London Rehab Forum and I am RWPN’s London Committee representative and End Point Assessor.
I have been practicing as a Vision rehabilitation officer for over 13 years. I currently work for Rhondda Cynon Taf council, primarily working with adults. Currently Chairperson for the Welsh Rehabilitation Officers Forum and representing ROVI’s from across Wales on RWPN’s managerial committee, I sit on several committees here in Wales to promote the role of the rehabilitation officer and to improve access to services for people with a vision impairment.
Daniel Scholes - Treasurer
With 30 years’ experience with people with sight loss, and as a qualified Rehabilitation Worker since 2004, I am keen to support our developing profession. My professional background includes charitable and statutory authorities and includes education and community services. I am currently a freelance ROVI with a number of agencies.
I started working in the field of dual sensory loss in the year 2000, first for Sense and then Deafblind UK. I graduated from BCU in 2012 (Rehabilitation Work-Visual Impairment) and embarked on my rehab career with Action on Hearing Loss (RNID) in Milton Keynes before moving to Cambridgeshire County Council where I am currently employed.
I have been qualified since 1996 and worker as a RW in a number of settings including the RNIB for over 22 years and now work for Guide Dogs as an Orientation & Mobility Specialist. I am passionate about rehab work and have served on the RWPN committee as Treasurer since its inception.
I live in Northern Ireland, and I have worked within Sensory Disability Services from 2001. I then qualified as a Rehabilitation Worker in 2008, and became a Senior Rehabilitation Worker in 2013. I enjoy all the various aspects of my role and the unique opportunities that it provides me with on a daily basis. My role involves providing professional supervision, 1 to 1 skills work (I provide all aspects of Visual Rehabilitation training), Visual Awareness Training; I am also a Deafblind Specialist Worker having completed the Deafblind Communication Studies Diploma in 2017, and I provide Deafblind Awareness Training.