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Sarah Bastow

Sarah has over 30 years experience of working with people who have a learning disability/autism

Sarah Bastow

Sarah Bastow

in a variety of settings including Supported Employment, residential and day services and speech therapy teams.

Sarah and Alison set up one of the first a Supported Employment services in the UK in 1990 and Sarah stayed in the world of supported employment for 26 years. Sarah who has an HNC in Care Practice and the Certificate for Supported Employment Practitioners, worked as a Job Coach using the TSI techniques on a daily basis to support individuals in their work places for 15 years.

She then moved in to a more strategic employment development role, which included training staff and employers, and supporting organisations to develop accessible recruitment practices. She was involved in a project exploring self -employment with people who had a learning disability or autism.

Working with Alison, Sarah has trained hundreds of staff in TSI and has mentored many staff in Gateshead to embed TSI into their daily practice.

In 2015 Sarah was recognised for her work and contribution to the world of Supported Employment and was awarded BASE Practitioner of the Year.
As the parent of an autistic teenager, Sarah has the additional experience of being the receiver of services, which has informed her training and added a unique perspective.

She then moved in to a more strategic employment development role, which included training staff and employers, supporting organisations to develop accessible recruitment practices and exploring self employment with people who had a learning disability or autism.

Working with Alison, Sarah has trained hundreds of staff in TSI and has mentored many staff in Gateshead to embed TSI into their daily practice.

In 2015 Sarah was recognised for her work and contribution to the world of Supported Employment and was awarded BASE Practitioner of the Year.

As the parent of an autistic teenager, Sarah has the additional experience of being the receiver of services, which has informed her training and added a unique perspective.

Alison Dagg

Alison Dagg

Alison Dagg

Alison has a Psychology (BScHons) degree, and has over 30 years experience working within the field of Learning Disabilities and Mental Health. She has worked in and managed a range of services for Adults with Learning disabilities and Mental Health services. She has worked with both children and adults in statutory services and in the voluntary sector. She developed and managed one of the first Employment Services in the UK for people with Learning disabilities as a result of attending her first TSI (Training in Systematic Instruction) course in 1990. Alison has used TSI not only within the field of employment but also within Independent Supported Living services. She is passionate about the flexibility of this training and its application to teaching people who find it difficult to learn.

Alison also has experience in managing a service for Adults with Autism and challenging behaviour and is a qualified Independent Mental Health Advocate.

Together Alison and Sarah have a wealth of hands on practice and experience spanning over 30 years. Both trainers are passionate in their belief that anyone regardless of their disability can learn new skills and that it is the trainers’ responsibility to work out how to teach those skills and offer the consistency needed to ensure learning takes place.

They have been working together, delivering TSI courses since 2009 for Local Authorities in the North East, local providers and the Strategic Health Authority/NHS England. During that time the courses have been attended by many staff including those from a variety of backgrounds including Teachers, Occupational Therapists, Day and Residential staff in the private and public sector, employment specialists/Job Coaches and staff from Autism specialist services.