Alison Matthews - Speech and Language Therapist / Senior Director

Alison worked with adults with Learning Disabilities in the NHS for over 26 years and more recently has worked with people with learning disabilities,  mental health difficulties and also dementia in the independent sector. Where possible the resources created for therapy are shared on the website. Alison is a Signalong tutor and a Talking Mats trainer.   

During her time in the NHS, Alison led the total communication project in Oldham Learning Disability Service introducing a range of approaches to supporting communication. Alison is passionate about ensuring people with learning disabilities have a voice and choice.
She is the author of the Communication Dictionary and a publication about parents with learning disabilities.

MSc Practice Development

BSc Speech Pathology and Therapy

Registered HCPC and member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

Member of RCSLT Clinical Excellence Networks for Adults with Learning Disabilities

On running a CIC

A Community Interest Company is a type of social enterprise and run on a not for profit basis. We are fortunate to have a board

of non-executive directors who offer guidance and support and ensure the CIC is giving back to the ‘community of interest’, in our case people with learning disabilities and their communication partners. Some of the initiatives we are able to offer include free or subsidised training and free or low cost resources to support communication. Please look at the downloads section of the website and the online shop. There are also some resources attached to previous blogs which may be of use.

Rhiannon Matthews - Communication Development Worker / Director

Rhiannon completed her undergraduate degree and Master’s degree in Childhood Studies.

She has a particular interest in learning disability and focussed both of her dissertations

on Multisensory Storytelling for children and adults with profound and multiple disabilities.

She is passionate about linking theory to practice and has 7 years experience as a support worker

in both group and one to one settings.  She is also trained as a Forest School Leader

and is working towards ensuring people of all abilities can experience outdoor and nature based activities.

Kim is a qualified Level 3 Social Worker, Best Interest Assessor and Person Centred Planning Practitioner who has

30 years of experience working with people Learning Disabilities. Kim’s passion is supporting people to have a voice,

she is a strong supporter of co-production and meaningful engagement.

Kim is able to Support planning, Person Centred Planning Training, co-production, safe guarding training,

Advocacy work, Best Interest Assessments.

Kim Doolan - Social Worker

Angie Brain - Graphic Artist

Angie worked as a graphic artist for Oldham Multicultural Education & Language Service for several years

before embarking on a 24 year career as a senior graphic artist within the NHS. 

Angie has branded and helped establish many projects within local communities and is  experienced

in creating quality support materials, reports and infographics. 

Angie is a qualified trainer, project manager and event coordinator specialising in design, illustration

and marketing. She is also an exhibiting fine artist and book illustrator and an experienced board member.


NWRAC Art and Design



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