Our team

changes was established in 2005 and comprises: Jill Bedford, Sue Gorbing & Sal Hampson

The team

Jill Bedford

Jill Bedford

Jill has over 35 years’ experience of working within the voluntary, public and private sectors. Her background includes training and consultancy in the fields of health and community development, social\community research and evaluation, gender issues, community education, citizenship learning, community economic development and voluntary sector development work. She is currently co president of the European YWCA and was a Board member for FRESh (Fairness, Respect Equality Shropshire) for 4 years. She was a public governor for her local mental health foundation trust. She has worked as an Open University tutor since 1988 in the fields of social science and health and social care.

Jill has a B.A. Hons in Geography, a B.A. Hons in Psychology and an M.A. in Education.

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Sue Gorbing

Sue Gorbing

Over the past 35 years Sue has worked in the community, voluntary and public sectors, broadly in the fields of community development, community influence, community engagement, equalities and ‘active citizenship’; delivering training, research, evaluation and organisational development. Sue’s voluntary involvement has been in both local and national groups and organisations. She is currently a Vice Chair of West Mercia Women’s Aid and chairs the health and safety subgroup and was a Board member for FRESh (Fairness, Respect Equality Shropshire) for 4 years. She is currently Chair of SAND (Safe Ageing No Discrimination) a Shropshire based Community Interest Company, looking at the needs and experiences of older LGBT people in relation to health and social care. As well as working to involve the health and social care sector in looking at these issues, Sue is conducting a small piece of research looking at how the sector works with old and older Trans people. Sue is also part of a small group who organise the Shrewsbury Hub of the National LGBT History Festival.

Sue has a B.A. Hons in Social Sciences, an M.Soc.Sci. in Local Government Studies and an M.Jur. in Socio Legal Research.

 

Sal Hampson

Sal Hampson

Sal has over 20 years experience in community development, community engagement, partnership working, infrastructure development and facilitation of public/voluntary sector interface. Sal has extensive experience of managing and delivering contracts, working with public, voluntary and community sectors. She has been involved in the development of a variety of practical workbooks focused on enabling community organisations to become more effective champions of social justice. Sal completed the NEF Social Return On Investment training in November 2013. Sal has been on the Board of AgeUK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin since 2009; had worked for Community Development Foundation and Age Concern England and currently works part time for a Creative Arts Charity.

Sal has a Diploma in Education, a B.A. Hons in Community Studies and an M.A. in Criminal Justice Studies.

 

Jill and Sue have been working together since 1996 (known as Working for Change), during which time they pioneered a number of accredited training courses, including ‘Women working in communities’ and  ‘Impact: Women active in community and public life’, funded by the Civil Renewal Unit as part of the Active Learning for Active Citizenship national initiative. They have undertaken training and consultancy contracts in the fields of community development, criminal justice, training the trainers and group skills, health, community education, social enterprise development, social/community research and evaluation, and voluntary sector development work. They have also written: Community Research: Getting Started for ARVAC (Association for Research in the Voluntary and Community sectors) ; a postgraduate distance learning module around Leadership in the NHS for the Open University Business School; an online distance learning course for managers of Social Firms.

Sal joined up with Jill and Sue in October 2005 to form the changes partnership, which became a company limited by shares in January 2011. The Company was dissolved in 2018 and the 3 founders now operate as sole traders, reuniting as changes for some appropriate pieces of work.