Team Leader, Sunday Munch & Drop-in
I am a retired physiotherapist. I worked as an aftercare sister at the Nuffield Hospital in the early 70ties then worked with senior citizens. After having my children I started to work with children with disabilities. This led to specialise in Paediatric Physiotherapy. I became a clinical educator and senior band 7 Physiotherapist at Neville hall children centre. This entailed community work working very closely with the children, parents, doctors and other professionals involved. Having to help the children gain dignity and some mobility I learnt a lot about human suffering, joy and difficulties.
During this time I was asked to volunteer for Teen Challenge Newport where I used to go out on the bus once a week to reach out to the youngsters on the streets. That was in 1993. it was slightly easier to witness the love of Jesus then as schools taught the Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson. I carried on volunteering and got involved in the Sunday Munch project at Lower Dock Street, we used to give out food on the bus. When the bus came off the road we continued at lower Dock Street until we became Eden Gate in 2013. during that time i also helped in the night shelter, visited the girls in prison and with a team spoke on a Sunday to the men at Cardiff prison. I have developed a close relationship with our guests and despite their difficulties heartaches and drug use I have a respect for them.