SPACE Stockport was set up by a small group of parents and although the fashions and most of the individuals have changed since 2004 when they established the group, some things that have never changed include the fact that SPACE is still run by parents for parents.
The current team are all volunteers, who run the charity and manage the SPACE online community, alongside working full time and looking after their families.
Sharyn – Chair
Sharyn became a part of the original SPACE ADHD support group after joining up in 2004.
She was first introduced to the concept of ADHD whilst undergoing her training as a Special Needs Teaching Assistant back in 1998. As a result of her studies, she was able to identify such symptoms in her 8yr old son. Following an initial diagnosis of ADHD, Tourettes Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, her son was also later diagnosed with Bi-polar at age 18.
Sharyn worked for a number of years in an Emotional Behavioural Difficulties [EBD] unit as part of the pastoral support team within a mainstream primary setting. In 2010, she acquired a role as a Behaviour Mentor where she worked directly with both children and staff across primary and secondary education provisions. At the same time, she also qualified as a Youth Worker where she delivered detached youth work in the evenings and helped to provide an informal education to young people aged 13+.
In 2016, Sharyn obtained a first class BA Hons Degree in Child & Youth Studies. As part of this, she completed an action research study which explored the training and management provision for ADHD in schools. Sharyn received a first class mark for her work and later saw her findings published by the UK National Charity for ADHD – ADDISS.
Sharyn continued meanwhile to develop her role as a self-directed practitioner working within the Local Authority Inclusion Framework for Education. She applied herself as a Behavioural Analyst and Intervention worker where she designed and delivered bespoke packages as part of the Behavioural Support and Mental Health Services offered to young people at risk of permanent exclusion. As part of her Continued Professional Development [CPD], Sharyn has also acquired further knowledge and skills in the following areas; ASD, Attachment, Art Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy and Mental Health Conditions affecting children.
Since her first run in with ADHD, two of Sharyn’s four children have also gone on to acquire a diagnosis. In addition, she now has several family members who each have a formal diagnosis and more of whom are currently awaiting assessment. Sharyn herself was diagnosed with ADHD at the ripe old age of 44. This detail transpired as a result of her initial struggles with academic learning during her first year at University. As a child, Sharyn had been described as inattentive, forgetful and disorganised. She was also dubbed with the nickname Dilly Daydream by those around her. However, a diagnosis of ADHD was completely overlooked and Sharyn subsequently went on to experience repeated failure and hardship growing up.
Sharyn is today training towards an MSc in Psychology and hopes in the future to do a Doctorate within the field of Education Psychology – exploring Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Her penultimate dream is to formally specialise in ADHD and ultimately help to bring about much needed change for families and professionals alike through the delivery of Psycho-Education across services.
Outside of work and study, Sharyn enjoys playing both Mom and GiGi (Grandmother) to her growing family, and meeting up with her ever increasing circle of friends & ADHD tribe.
Donna – SPACE Team Librarian
Michelle – Medication Expert & Founder Member
Michelle is the team medication expert thanks to her day job as a Deputy Chief Pharmacist with the NHS. Michelle is one of the original SPACE Team members who set up the group back in 2004.
Claire – Treasurer & Digital Lead
Claire uses her web development and digital marketing skills as the SPACE team’s resident web monkey. Claire builds and maintains our websites and blog, she also operates our Twitter account.
Claire originally came along to a SPACE meeting in 2005 after her daughter’s ADHD diagnosis and never left. At the time her daughter was on the verge of being permanently excluded from high school, but the amazing woman she grew into, gives Claire the opportunity to proudly show other parents the light at the end of the tunnel.
Claire first took the lead on SPACE’s digital life about ten years ago when the group’s old website disappeared from the internet and she managed to replace it. Since then Claire has created several new websites and is already thinking of ways to improve the current one.