The End of an Era: Leaving Tourism for All and Joining DisabledGo
Updated: Jan 24, 2019
After 13 incredible years at Tourism for All, the time has come for me to move on.
As you may know, I’ve had a difficult start to the year. On New Year’s Day my husband was hospitalised with life-threatening pneumonia, and after many treatments and complications, and against all the odds, he came home on 24th April. I’m happy to say he’s going from strength to strength in his recovery, and we’re looking forward to an exciting future together.
The thing about experiencing such trauma, is that it really does change you as a person, and make you realise what is important in life. So when I was given an opportunity to make a big change it just felt so right.
I joined Tourism for All as a relatively inexperienced 18 year old, and quickly realised that working in accessibility, helping fellow disabled people to enjoy travelling and get the most out of life is something that I love. I discovered my passion for writing and sharing my own travel experiences to inspire others. Throughout my time with the charity I’ve been given so many opportunities to learn and grow, and always been encouraged to use my initiative to reach my goals. For this and so much more, I will be forever grateful. I’d like to give a personal thank you to the two Chief Executives I’ve worked under – Jenny Littman and Ray Veal – and to everyone on the board of Trustees, for all of their support. I’ll be handing over the running of the Information Service to Ana Crome – a talented young lady who joined Tourism for All as an office volunteer last year – who I know will look after Members and Partners very well.
I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be joining the team at DisabledGo, as their new Marketing Manager. In recent years I’ve discovered a talent and passion for marketing – website and social media management, writing, blogging, networking and even the occasional TV interview. I’m so excited to have been given the opportunity to focus on all of that and more, in the industry that I truly love. I’m looking forward to learning and growing even more; working for an industry leader, within a dynamic team of dedicated colleagues. DisabledGo’s mission is to empower disabled people by providing independence and choice, and I’ll be getting involved in projects that really shout about that, and maximise opportunities for everybody.
My last working day with Tourism for All will be 8th June, and my first day with DisabledGo 11th June. If you’d like to keep in touch, you can reach me by email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ll still be writing regular blogs, and you’ll hear from me again soon with an update on my new job, life and travels.
I’m seriously humbled. Tourism for All have written lovely words about me (link below) and I’ve had well wishes from so many people. Thank you! x