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Joanne Kirkham,
  Information and Advocacy Worker

I am a mum of twins, James and Zoe, born in 2011. James has a a genetic disorder called Severe Haemophilia A, that affects the blood’s ability to clot. He also had hydrocephalus as a baby.

I am delighted to have been a member of the Kindred team since January 2015. I feel that being a parent of a child with a disability, and one without, can provide enormous benefits for families who also have children with additional support needs, often empathising with similar situations they have be in. This may help families to grow in confidence, to manage the condition(s), and to try and normalise daily family life, that of course still carries on despite hospital visits.

Like many of the other staff, my interest in support work came through personal experience with my own family. My background is in design, and I worked for The Scotsman Newspaper for 5 years as a graphic artist and ESPC for 8 years as a graphic designer. It is recognised that the arts have an important therapeutic role, for example in helping people to communicate and to express themselves. It’s amazing how paths can cross, and I’m certain my creative background will be of help to Kindred as a charity and to the rest of the team.