Jeff's I Matter Reflections - Being a Dad

Jeff has three children with varied challenges.   He and his wife have both had significant health challenges.   They came to the I Matter Project with support of their primary school and local GP.

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Jeff and I shared some further reflections about the way the culture of schools has changed with respect to pastoral work and the place...

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Anne's I Matter Reflections

Anne has three children all with individual challenges.   She and her partner also have their own complex health challenges.   She has been taking part in I Matter Training with the support of her primary school and local GP

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Here are some further reflections from Anne on autism and other lightbulb moments as confidence has returned


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An Interview with Jenny

Jenny has three children - two with additional needs.  When she joined her first I Matter sessions with support from her primary school she was in a state of significant overwhelm and despair.

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A GP's Journey - Supporting an Integrated Care Community

Catherine, not her real name is a GP who came to I Matter Training in her role as a Lead Safeguarding GP and GP Lead for Kendal Integrated Care Community.    Here she speaks about the needs she observes in her role and the way that the training has assisted her professionally in her role.


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A Teaching Assistant's Experience of Training to Support her work with Challenging and Complex Children

Anna, not her real name, is a teaching assistant in a small school where she is employed to work with challenging and complex children. Listen in to her experience of the impact of the training on her confidence.


Link to my article in the Psychologist in 2016

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I Matter Training is a Social Enterprise

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I Matter Training was set up as a company because once the I Matter Framework had came into birth in 2011 there was a need for a supportive structure to take the training out to people who need it.  Long text books didn't seem to fit the bill as the audience we wanted to address was families and the very busy professionals who support them.  Online learning seemed an obvious way forward but in the absence of a obvious structure to support that we had to create something. ...

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Day 9:   Language  matters

Leicester to Northampton via Market Harborough

The rain had stopped and the clothes mostly dried out as we prepared to leave Leicester.

The gradients had also flattened and this was to be a days riding along long straight paths with some unexpectedly challlenging off roading across fields of ripening wheat and down paths that were probably not intended for cyclicsts.

So what exactly do you call an old railway line that is now being used as a cycle path?  Surely there should be some sort of...

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Day 8:  Thinking back and thinking forwards

Derby to Leicester via Loughborough

Today it rained - a lot - with a lot of wind - and so we set off in rain gear and travelled by Route 6 cycle way but we arrived in Loughborough VERY soggy.  We ate a lovely lunch with Loughborough Friends with the room strewn around with drying raincoats and wet puddles gathered under our chairs as shoes and socks continued to drain out.  After lunch there was a bit of a break in the rain and most of us were starting to feel much drier until...

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Day 7:  Caring for those we know and those we don't know

Bakewell to Derby

What a beautiful day's cycling - wonderful canal paths, lanes and railway cuttings.   

Our morning meeting was very quiet - there is a lovely coming together of the group of riders with the local support - this time of Bakewell Quakers - Friends that we have never met any may never meet again yet they have organised themselves to support us?

How is that some human beings want to care for those who they have never met?  

Usually it seems to depend on their...

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Day 6:  All age living: Never too old or too young to care

Sheffield to Bakewell

Today was pitched as a gentle day - just 20 miles but we are in the middle of a heat wave and so the temperatures remain high long into the evening when we generally expect cooler times. 

However there is something very wonderful about zipping up and down hills with such views all around - it feels a tremendous privilege and opportunity to see the country at a different pace and from a different perspective.  

Robert our intrepid 79 year old who managed the...

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