EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS SUPPORT
Vicky helps at our Creative Educational Workshops, which we usually run for health and social care professionals (or for students training in these areas).
Alongside Sarah and Beccy, Vicky candidly shares her own experience of life with BPD in order to help professionals and students better understand it.
The aim is to enable workshop participants to then be able to a more effectively support those living with BPD.
Where are you from?
Biiiig question... who knows? Quite possibly another planet.
Why did you choose to volunteer at Borderline Arts?
My best pal started the charity, and I kind of just bumbled alongside her as it happened... obviously I was there in the first place because I have personal experience and want to try and make a difference in how mental health - particularly BPD - is perceived, understood and treated. It’s amazing to see how much of an impact the charity has had over the last few years.
What is your role in Borderline Arts?
I’m an Artist so have participated in the art exhibitions and events, I also co-facilitate the educational workshops.
What is your occupation outside Borderline Arts?
Professional artist, sportswoman, and over-thinker (one of those things is a lie).
How long have you volunteered with Borderline Arts?
As long as it’s been around!
What is your favourite colour?
BLACK. No, erm... lime green, turquoise, pink, khaki! LOTS but not orange (unless it’s hair dye).
What’s one of your favourite places in the world?
The sea! Specifically, by a quiet sandy beach, under the blazing sun, staring up at a clear blue sky and listening to the splashy water and birds; my nirvana (and the only place I can stop thinking).
What is one of your favourite quotes?
“If you can’t handle me at my worst... then I completely understand, because I can’t either.”
Do you have any phobias?
Arachnids. Dead sea-creatures prepared as food. Lampshades.
Marmite: love it or hate it?
I really don’t know, I think I disliked it enough to not want to try it again.
An interesting (or weird) fact about you?
I *hate* spiders, but they annoyingly seem to think I’m their Queen. I have a meaningless certificate that says I have a high IQ. I enjoy algebra and science but also music and art... apparently those interests/characteristics aren’t supposed to coexist.
Do you have any pets?
My family have always had dogs, and my baby was a greyhound... I’m an animal lover. They’re just awesome and better than people. I now have a greyhound of my own - he's a rescue called 'Captain'!
Introvert or Extrovert?
INTROVERT! But apparently good at accidentally coming across as an extrovert (this can be inconvenient... if you want to be bored just ask me about cognitive functions).