Rachel is excited to get involved with DanceSyndrome and contribute to its growth and development. Prior to joining the DanceSyndrome team, she spent eighteen months working across Lancashire as Engagement Lead on a funded social inclusion/employability project for Selnet, so is well connected with local communities. She is also a member of many local networks including business, public and third (voluntary and community) sectors.

Rachel has a good knowledge of the county, having grown up in Blackpool and lived for thirty years in Preston. With 11 years in primary education, the last 6 as a supply teacher, she has worked with people with a variety of needs and abilities so is passionate about education, inclusion and celebrating diversity. This fuels her enthusiasm and drive for empowering those who may otherwise face disadvantage and discrimination.

When the pandemic interrupted her supply teaching, Rachel discovered a gap in provision for adult literacy, so pioneered the first Read Easy group in Lancashire, which trains volunteers to teach adults to read. After leading the group for a year, she remains on the Management Team and is a trustee.

Mum to two adult daughters, when she isn’t volunteering, Rachel enjoys singing as part of Preston People’s Choir, and walking in the beautiful Lancashire countryside.

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