We are ADHD Aware, an organisation currently run by 7 volunteers, with a membership of about 250 and a Management Committee of 5, supported by the Trust for Developing Communities (TDC). It is free to join – you simply sign up to our Code of Conduct.
Our Management Committee is made up of neuro-diverse and neuro-typical volunteers, with a wide range of experience and skill. Two of the neuro-diverse members of the committee also volunteer as peer supporters at the drop-in sessions. It was the Chair of this group who, with others, set up the peer support group meetings about 7 years ago.
Jack Norwood (Chair)
Jack is originally from the Isle of Wight and moved to Brighton 12 years ago to go to Sussex University. After graduating with a degree in Politics and International Relations, Jack made the transition from Marxist to Marketing, and now works as a freelance digital marketing consultant and ESL Teacher. Jack has also completed a level 2 counselling skills certificate, which has helped a great deal with his work with the support group and this is training that he is keen to develop further in the future. After experiencing a difficult journey getting diagnosed as an adult with ADHD, once receiving treatment Jack founded Brighton Adult ADHD Support Group, as he wanted to help other people on their journey. Through peer support Jack found that you could turn the adversity you experienced on your journey into something positive that could help empower other people to overcome their adversity.
Linda Saltwell (Secretary)
Linda has lived in Brighton for 16 years and has a background in community development work and person-centred therapy. She has worked in various statutory and charity sectors across the country including Salford and Kings Cross, for over 25 years and was latterly Chief Exec at TDC, until Sept 2016. Linda was also in private practice for 10 years, counselling in London and Brighton specialising in LGBT, addictions and moderately severe mental health issues. Linda supported the group to formalise in 2015, going on to volunteer as part of the committee and says “It’s challenging and rewarding: we pull together, everyone does their bit and we go from strength to strength!”
Tony has lived in Brighton for about 22 years and over this period he completed a Counselling Certificate and Life Coaching Diploma – he also discovered he was neuro-diverse. He met Jack in 2010 at Brighton Dyslexic/Dyspraxic Support Group and started going to the early ADHD meetings. In 2014 Jack asked if he would like to be involved forming the ADHD Aware Committee. Tony’s main role at the drop-in is to meet & greet, be a listening ear and support people to take part. He says “I get a buzz out of volunteering because I enjoy being part of the team that helps people live better lives.”
Cal Chester (TDC)
Ed Huxley (Treasurer)