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Paul Walker, Chair of Trustees
I became involved with the charity when I attended a sports night run by the charity in my home town of Knutsford. At this event I saw children with varying degrees of disability playing all sorts of sports including bowls, football and table tennis. I thought the event was wonderful and I have been involved with the charity for over 10 years in various capacities ever since. I am a partner in a Manchester law firm and on the North West Committee of the Lord’s Taverners’ charity.
I have a son with Down’s Syndrome who has benefitted greatly from the work of Friends for Leisure. I have had a long career in primary education having taught all ages and been Headteacher of two schools. I presently teach in a primary school and tutor students training to be teachers.
I can’t now remember who first told us about Friends for Leisure but we owe them a big thank you for the introduction. Our daughter, then aged nine, was just starting to want to spend some time away from her family and for over a decade she has had the most wonderful time being part of Friends for Leisure. The activities, fun and friendships have been at the centre of her life as they are for so many of our young people, both today and for those in the future.
I worked in theatre and television before having a family. I am now a teaching assistant working in the SEN department of a local secondary school.
I first became involved with FFL in 1996 when I was Team Manager of Macclesfield’s social work team for adults with learning disabilities. I have always been impressed with FFL’s work. I became senior manager with responsibility for adults with disabilities in Cheshire East until I finished working with Cheshire in 2010. Sometimes now I’m asked by other local authorities to investigate complaints. I enjoy bowling with FFL whenever I can.
I became aware of Friends for Leisure through East Cheshire’s Chamber of Commerce. At the time we were looking for charities to help as part of our business’s CSR initiative. Over the course of the last few years our company has provided marketing and communication support and I’m delighted to offer my services in a more official capacity. I’m optimistic that in working more closely with Friends for Leisure I can help continue to build awareness of the excellent services and activities it offers.