Some of our team include:
Janet was a volunteer in 1996 as part of her counselling course which was run by GAD's Counselling service. Her skills as an Advisor was spotted leading to the offer of a trainee post within the Welfare Rights Service. She now handles all benefit enquiries and has a successful appeal rate at tribunals.
Before joining GAD, Janet worked for the Crown Service as a Typist for 16 years then was at Lewisham Council for 18 months dealing with car parking fines and appeals.
Janet likes to sing - she belongs to the Blackheath Rock Choir and sang at the O2 in 2013 with 16,000 others. She likes reading and listening to music along with her little dog Lily.
After spending 17 years working in the private sector Alan took voluntary redundancy to go back into full time education. He then joined Artsline as a volunteer providing Deaf and disabled access information to Arts, Cultural and Tourist venues in the Greater London region. After a year he joined Disability Action in Islington as their Office Manager developing his role over the six years he was with them into Disability Access Consultancy.
He moved onto working in the Planning Department of Islington Council consulting on small and large projects including involvement in the new Arsenal (Emirates) Stadium development up until it opened. After a period of self employment as an Access Consultant Alan joined Greenwich Association of Disabled People as their General Manager in 2010. He has maintained his links with Artsline throughout and is currently their CEO (although in a voluntary capacity). He became a Greenwich Action Voluntary Services (GAVS) Trustee in November 2011; with effect from October 2013 through to October 2015 he was the Chair. GAVS is the umbrella organisation for the voluntary sector in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.
Joined GAD as the Into Sport Coordinator 24th July 2015. The Into Sport Project is a three-year project, funded by the National Lottery, to encourage deaf and disabled people into sport and physical activity.
Linda is very passionate about sport and represented her county in a variety of sports e.g. swimming, hockey, trampolining and running. She feels everyone should have the opportunity to engage in some type of sport or physical activity, as it builds not only fitness levels, but confidence, mental and general wellbeing too. Being active has helped her to cope with arthritis in multiple joints.
She has been a volunteer swim coach and welfare officer for a local swimming club which includes disabled swimmers for 10 years.
Before coming to GAD Linda was a sports lecturer at London Leisure College and a Relief Support Coordinator within Sheltered Housing.