Hi there, my name is Erica and I am the new Policy and Liaison Officer for One Place East.

I have worked in lots of different types of learning disability related services in the voluntary sector as well as Local Authorities. Most recently I have been working as a social worker supporting young people with physical, sensory and learning disabilities and autism prepare for adulthood.

Getting this job with One Place East has been a bit like a dream come true. I have worked with so many individuals and families over the years who have had very different experiences to myself because of their disability or health condition. This means that the people I have supported have often faced barriers acquiring the things that I take for granted. This includes having a home of ones own, gaining employment, being able to easily access the local community to meet with friends or access a service. Things have often been even more difficult for individuals who don’t come from a white British background.

What excites me so much about working for One Place East is that I can see this is an organisation committed to challenging everyday discrimination. This ethos starts in how we work together as colleagues and how we work with the people that use our services.

I had the chance to meet other team members last week and so far, what has really impressed me is how open and welcoming everyone has been. I hope that over the next month or so I will have a chance to come along and see the services we are delivering and hear first-hand about your experiences of living in the local area. I hope we will agree how we can then use this information to try and further One Place East’s Mission to improve services within Redbridge and help ensure that the borough becomes a more inclusive community. 

I welcome all feedback, comments, and questions you may have on anything about the information provided. I would also love to just catch up over coffee and cake and have a chance to get to know some of you. Feel free to ask me about my dogs, scary camping stories, true crime podcast passions and more.

 

Erica Miles, Policy Liaison Officer

erica.miles@oneplaceeast.org

Tel: 07903 568138

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