Head of Peer Support Services
In 1998 I sustained a C5/6 spinal cord injury following a diving accident, but I quickly set about regaining my independence following discharge from hospital. Before long I was living independently in my own home, undertook a degree in Broadcast Journalism and bagged myself a job on the BBC’s Dragons’ Den programme, working as part of the production team. As well as forging a career, I have always been keen to offer support to other newly-injured people. So, in 2010 when the opportunity to join SIA as one of its first Peer Support Officers came along, I grabbed it with both hands. At that time I worked as part of our then fledgling Community Peer Support service, delivering peer support to people living in the North West.
Now, as Head of the Peer Support service, I am able to pass on my knowledge and experience of supporting newly-injured people to members of my team, helping them to develop the skills and qualities needed to ensure those they are supporting get the very best from our Peer Support service. I work closely with the 12 regionally-based Officers and our dedicated Armed Forces Officer, who make up the Peer Support team.
If you would like to discuss any aspect of our Peer Support service, or hear more about how our Outreach team can support you, then please call Jamie on 07800 854605 or email him.