Ted Beckwith

Is it important to be involved in our communities?

I think that it is, but then I have more time in my retirement; most people have a day job. As much as they would like to participate, time prevents them from doing so. National and Local Government place a great deal of emphasis on public participation. I have undertaken a variety of representative roles over the years, contributing, as far as I am able, to the health, well-being and the quality of life (not least my own) of my community. My worthwhile current, recent interests and commitments are:

• Founder member of the Patient Participation Group (PPG) Riverside Medical Centre, Manningtree
• Founder member of Dementia Support, Manningtree and District
• Public member of Colchester Hospital (CHUFT), contributed to public consultations
• Contributed to Essex County Council’s consultation Strategy on Dementia
• Lay member of the board of Essex University inquiry into the Ethics Of Powerlessness in illness and at the end of life
• Member of Healthwatch Essex
• Contributed to the Equality Delivery Systems of the Clinical Commissioning Group
• Volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Society
• Participating in research into mental impairment

In a previous life:

• Lecturer in sociology for health and care students
• Literacy tutor
• Learning Coordinator for older people
• Degree in Education, part degree Open University Social Sciences
• Community worker with Sure Start
• Worked with young people with learning difficulties
• Carers’ support coordinator

Hobbies: cycling, gardening, literature and DIY

Commitment to Lifelong Learning, rights and responsibilities approach to public services.