I first became involved with Beverley and completed some work for her and the Prison Service in the diversity strand of disabilities. We looked at issues of Prison accessibility both for prisoners and visitors, special equipment i.e. a loop system for a hearing impaired person, creating and looked at reasons for a Disability Equality Scheme and legal requirements, guidance tips on disability awareness and staff training and employment of disabled candidates i.e. reasonable adjustments and external companies that assist like Access to Work, Job Centre Plus. Additionally, visited the Prison with Beverley as part of a community link group and looked at specific settings and issues in question. We both continue to work as point of contact for diversity-related matters.

Our community relationship has resulted in a positive good of service and has transpired to raise, work with and address issues in relation to equality and diversity. We worked to promote a positive approach to the condition or result of being diverse with individuals who have identifiable differences in their backgrounds or lifestyles.

From my work and experience, I feel Beverley is, organised, efficient, extremely competent, and has an excellent rapport with people of all ages. Her communication skills, both written and verbal, are excellent. I’ve learnt a lot from Beverley.

In summary, I highly recommend Beverley for any position or endeavour that she may seek to pursue. She will be a valuable asset for any organisation.

March 18, 2011, Paul reported to Beverley at HMP Prison service

Paul Lawrenson-Business Support Officer at Lancashire County Council