Anne has been working for Us in a Bus since 2011 as an Interaction Practitioner. She graduated with a BA (hons) Mus Ed from Kingston Polytechnic and discovered almost immediately that she was drawn to people with PMLD. Having worked within social care for most of her career she was delighted to discover that her natural way of working with people with communication challenges and profound disabilities was actually a well-recognised technique called Intensive Interaction. Us in a Bus has given her incredible opportunities to perfect her Intensive Interaction and to use other skills such as music and playfulness as a way of creating environments where engagement is possible.
Anne considers the best thing about her job to be having the opportunity to get to know the people we provide sessions for. Having the chance to spend time with them, being rather than doing, and learning how they would like to connect is massively rewarding. Working with a team of such like-minded and dedicated people is also a delight and she feels very lucky to be part of Us in a Bus.
Other than working for Us in a Bus Anne has a busy life. She plays principle clarinet in Windsor and Maidenhead Orchestra and Beenham Wind Orchestra, she acts as steward for the music exams at the Reading music centre and she dabbles with textile art. She has recently begun volunteering with Sensory Spectacle (an organisation with a similar ethos to Us in a Bus), and… most excitingly, she has recently begun learning to play the harp.
Anne took up her new role as Practice Manager on 9 July 2018.