Julie Ridley is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) which runs the country’s largest social work teaching and research programme outside the Open University. One of UCLan’s longest standing links is with Community Living’s sponsors Integrate and Linkability which have offered placements, training and inputs into teaching.
In the 1970s, Julie’s family fostered children including one little girl, Claire, who had Down’s Syndrome. Claire lived for just three years. Julie says: “This opened my eyes to the individuality of children with disabilities and the importance of social inclusion”.
Julie has a further link with the magazine as she worked as a research assistant at North West MIND with the late David Brandon, our first editor.