Karen has recently joined the VITAL team and comes with 15 years of experience working as an advocate with those with learning disabilities, mental ill health and dementia. Additionally, Karen is an NLP practitioner. She uses these skills to find different ways to communicate with people who may find expressing their wishes and opinions difficult.

She has personal experience of how challenging life can be as a carer and after the loss of a loved one, how important it is to have good support when your mental health is suffering. Karen finds EFT – tapping technique – a great way to manage difficult times and continues to make use of that approach today.

Karen is an avid gardener not only in her own garden but also volunteers at a local school growing fruit and veg with the children; as well as upcycling furniture and spending time with her young daughter and dog, Poppy.