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Meet your resident representatives!

Andrew (resident representative for sensory impairment)

What made you decide to be part of the Involvement Board?

I wanted to help make a difference for people with hearing loss in the area I live in. Having been involved with councils in other areas, I felt I had the experience to make my voice heard.

What do you enjoy about being part of the People Bank and Involvement Board?

One of the best things about the board is that everyone has the positivity to find appropriate solutions, rather than it being a moan-fest.

In the past year, we've come up with several excellent ways forwards, dealing with diverse issues. Another aspect I've found particularly interesting is working with people with different disabilities.

The precise solutions may be different, but the need for change, the need to make things more inclusive covers everyone, regardless of the type and severity of the disability.

I'm also very pleased to see senior members of the council present so we are assured of their commitment to engagement and inclusivity. We all need to come together to make Barnet a better, more inclusive place.

Can you tell us one interesting or unusual fact about yourself?

My main claim to fame is that I've been told off by Prince Andrew!

Quincy (resident representative for autism)

What made you decide to be part of the Involvement Board?

I consider myself as part of the community and have lived and grown up in Finchley. I love the variety of different cultures and the mix of people from many parts of the world who all mingle and get on in this borough.

I wanted to bring to the table of the Involvement Board the awareness that there is a need for more to be done for people living with Autism in the Borough of Barnet as I have found it to be a struggle to get help, understanding and coping with my own diagnosis of Autism.

What do you enjoy about being part of the People Bank and Involvement Board?

I enjoy the fact that each Representative has real involvement with using the services in social care provided by the council. We all decide how to improve and develop to enable more people in the community get as much as they can for their needs.

Also we can make a difference to how the funding is being used as we all talk of our own experiences or voice others in the community, it does make me feel really important and I hopefully we use this platform to make a valid contribution.

Can you tell us one interesting or unusual fact about yourself?

Because of my Autism I get sensory overload with certain things and I am also light sensitive and I had developed a huge collection of Ray Ban sunglasses.

Melvin (resident representative for older people)

What made you decide to be part of the Involvement Board?

Since retirement I have done my best to help fellow residents of Barnet. This started with inspecting hospitals; then the infamous Link, followed by the present Healthwatch Barnet, and Barnet Seniors Association. It then came naturally to join the Involvement Board.

What do you enjoy about being part of the People Bank and Involvement Board?

What I like about the latter is the vast choice of areas in which one can participate. There is literally something for everyone. And those with some expertise in a particular field, can pass their knowledge on to others.

Can you tell us one interesting or unusual fact about yourself?

When meeting somebody for the first time, they might ask what I did. I would respond that: "I used to be a drugs dealer", keep a straight face and continue: "But the police never caught up with me!"  It's a marvellous conversation opener.  Of course, my drugs were pharmaceuticals . . . generics, in fact.               

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