My Week: Anna Reeves sets up a corporate partnership

The manager of Ace Centre recounts her week

Anna Reeves
Anna Reeves

Monday: I'm at a conference today talking about using tablet computers as communication aids for people with disabilities. It's not the right solution for everyone, but tablets have been as much of a revolution in this field as they have everywhere else. The difficulty is how to evaluate what works best, particularly when technology develops so quickly that there will probably be half a dozen new apps available before I've finished my talk.

Tuesday: I'm at the local L'Oreal warehouse giving a presentation today. Not the most likely place to be talking about communication, but the company has just selected the Ace Centre as one of its regional charities. It's fantastic to see the support for what we do - and I'm surprised that so many of its employees have first-hand experience of a friend or relative with communication needs.

Wednesday: I'm in London to meet Andrew Smith, the MP for Oxford East, to give him an update on how things are going with the creation of the new national organisation. Earlier this year, the Oxford Ace Centre almost closed because of cuts in funding before it agreed to join forces with Ace Centre North. Smith has been a fantastic supporter and was a vociferous campaigner when it looked as if the Oxford site might shut.

Thursday: Today, it's an important meeting between the trustees of both centres. The big news is that we decide to relocate the Oxford centre to a new site, which will help us improve the service we offer in premises that will be fit for purpose. Still, the team doesn't look thrilled at the prospect of all that packing.

Friday: I'm at the home of a woman with a degenerative condition to assess her communication needs and the best way of providing her with support. Her condition means that she's no longer able to speak and, although she can communicate with her husband, she is unable to communicate with her carers. Putting the right systems in place will allow her to chat to her carers and make sure her needs are being met.

Ace Centre is a national charity that supports people with communication needs.

Anna Reeves is the manager of Ace Centre

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