Kirsteen has been living in Rutland for the past thirteen years having moved from Coventry where she worked for the local authority in youth support, community education and early intervention teams, specialising in encouraging people to participate in decision making that affects their lives.
Kirsteen continued that work in the areas of children’s, youth and family support for a number of years, working across Lincolnshire and Rutland, in local councils, schools and the charity HomeStart.
Kirsteen now works for the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Carers Centre, providing training and support to GP surgeries across Leicester city, raising awareness of carers’ needs and how they can be supported through health and social care.
Previously acting as a School Governor and a volunteer for a number of organisations, Kirsteen is looking forward to using her experience to support the ongoing development of Healthwatch Rutland’s work with the local community. There are many difficult challenges ahead with the NHS facing huge changes over the next few years and she feels it is vital that local people have the opportunity to have their say and be involved in decisions that will shape our local and national health services.