MONDAY: I spend at least one day a month on the road meeting front-line staff and clients. Today I head to Peterborough to visit our community support team, which provides support workers to those of our 13,000 disabled service users who are not living in residential care. I meet Mark, who is getting regular help with budgeting so he can pay his rent on time. We discuss Individual Budgets, the Department of Health's initiative to give people who are receiving care or support more independence. He sees it as another addition to the complex mix of benefits.
TUESDAY: I am a trustee of aid organisation World Vision UK, and today we have a board meeting. I am also chair of its remuneration committee, which discusses issues such as staff pay and how to ensure the organisation remains competitive. Being a trustee for World Vision gives me some empathy with the people who sit on the trust's board.
WEDNESDAY: I have lunch with David Freud, author of a report on welfare reform. I enjoy meetings like this because I can discuss how to get disabled people into work - something I am passionate about. Whenever I meet clients, they tell me how much a job means to them and that it's so much better than sitting at home watching daytime TV.
THURSDAY: I join various directors at our monthly leadership team meeting to discuss business and strategy development. One issue on the agenda is the expansion of our Care and Repair home improvement agency for elderly and disabled people.
It's not often that you'll find me wearing rubber gloves and a pinny at work, but today I've volunteered for sponsored desk cleaning to raise money for one of the 25 teams taking part in the Grand Challenge, our fundraising competition that asks companies to raise money for the trust.
FRIDAY: I join a meeting of the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group, which brings together organisations working with disabled people. We share best practice and lobby to change the law when it is unfair to disabled people. The recent revision of ordinary residence guidelines in the Health and Social Care Act 2008, which gives disabled people more choice in where they live, is in large part down to the group. I think over what I should include in my blog on our website, and my week is done.
The Papworth Trust provides disabled people with employment, housing and personal support services.