Nicky joined Sport for Confidence at the beginning of September 2023 and her main responsibility is coordinating the Stronger My Way Programme at Basildon Sporting Village for participants who have suffered falls or are at risk of falling, this is part of the Strength and Balance Pathway with NHS and community partners.
Nicky has been an Occupational Therapist for 26 years and has worked mainly in neurological settings including stroke rehabilitation, a specialist chronic fatigue service and with people with long term neurological conditions, she has also worked with amputees in a Specialist regional service. Her most recent post before joining Sport for Confidence was as Therapy Lead for the Essex and East London Division of the North Thames Environmental Control Service which provided access to Electronic Assistive Technology for patients with profound physical disabilities. During her 19 years working for the service, she was passionate about providing access to technology and communication for all regardless of their disability, and the rapid improvements in technology and increase in resources and funding made this become more of a reality in recent years, with the team growing from one Occupational Therapist to now include more Occupational Therapists a Clinical Scientist and an engineer.
Nicky has the same passion for inclusion in sport for everybody as she does for inclusivity in technology. She has always had a keen interest in sport in particular tennis and has been an active club and team member for many years. She has always admired the good and unique work that Sports for Confidence does and has seen in her previous role how being a participant in Sport for Confidence can make a difference to the quality of life of people with long term neurological conditions.
Nicky is very excited about joining the Sports for Confidence team and is very passionate about supporting participants to enjoy sport despite the challenges that they encounter.
Nicky is also a keen dog lover and misses her beloved Munsterlander Elke who sadly passed away this year aged 11 , but loves looking after her 5 grandchildren on her days off.