We are delighted to have welcomed three new people to our staff team recently. This week we have been hearing from them all, and we continue today with Julie Jones, who has joined our easy read team as our new accessible information officer.

“I am really pleased to have been able to join the team at Learning Disability Wales. I have been working on a freelance basis with the organisation for the past few years on both the easy read service and with the training department. They are a passionate and committed group of people, so it’s great to officially be part of the team!

“I am really excited to have joined the easy read service, which carries out such important work in Wales. Access to information you can understand is a human right. Our easy read service supports these rights for people with a learning disability in Wales by producing high quality accessible information for a wide range of organisations.  We get to work on lots of different types of documents, so it can be quite varied. Producing accessible information is also something I really enjoy doing, and I am excited about helping the service to grow and grow. The easy read team are also a lovely bunch of people!

“When I’m not working for Learning Disability Wales I am either delivering training in topics around mental health and wellbeing or providing therapy services to people as a solution focused hypnotherapist. I’m really passionate about helping people to think more about their mental health and wellbeing and to think about what they can do to take care of it and improve it.

“Sometimes people are a little surprised when I tell them I am a hypnotherapist. But that’s because there’s a lot of bad information out there about it. The type of hypnotherapy I practice helps people to relax and deal with their problems with the best mindset. So I try to help people go away with skills they can use. I am also a mindfulness practitioner and use these techniques with people.

“When I’m not working I like spending time with my partner, Kai, and our dog Patches. We like going for walks and trips away to the countryside.”