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Tori oversees operations at Koala and if you come to a group (any group) she'll be there!

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I opened the Koala Community Hub in 2019 when the Andover Neurodiverse Adults group started.

Being diagnosed autistic and ADHD in 2019 really helped me to understand my brain and I wanted to seek out my community and build a safe and nurturing environment for all of our community.

I am passionate about inclusion and helping our community to find authentic and lasting connections.

My aim is to ensure that nobody in our community is isolated and ensure that all autistic and neurodivergent people (and their families) have support.

I live with my PDA husband and two children, who are also autistic/PDA (Florence and Georgie).

We have a dog called Rosie and three cats called Stewie, Elsa and Belle.

Tori

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MY STORY

I opened the Koala Community Hub in 2019 when the Andover Neurodiverse Adults group started.

Being diagnosed autistic and ADHD in 2019 really helped me to understand my brain and I wanted to seek out my community and build a safe and nurturing environment for all of our community.

I am passionate about inclusion and helping our community to find authentic and lasting connections.

My aim is to ensure that nobody in our community is isolated and ensure that all autistic and neurodivergent people (and their families) have support.

I live with my PDA husband and two children, who are also autistic/PDA (Florence and Georgie).

We have a dog called Rosie and three cats called Stewie, Elsa and Belle.

Becky is involved with most of our groups, including our daytime adults! She also leads our LGBTQ+ group.

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Before joining Koala I was a Martial Arts instructor but I had to stop working due to health reasons, After a really tough patch in my life I found my family at Koala!

 

I was diagnosed with ADHD in my 20’s and with Autism at the age of 30 after many, many years of being misdiagnosed - like many of our community unfortunately are! But after a brief period of being annoyed about being unaware I was autistic my whole life, I finally found comfort in my diagnosis and I have learnt so much about myself in the process. 

 

I love to help others and have really found a passion in helping our members and in turn they help me learn about myself! 

 

Joining Koala was one of the most important things I’ve ever done and Tori has helped me immeasurably, And I’m happy to be giving back by helping our community and I’m excited for the future of the Charity and everyone that we will help.

 

I live with my 3 legged cat Stella who I adopted from Greece! I’m very close with my family and I love to spend time with them! 

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Sarah can be found at our Kids groups

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I worked in hospitality for almost 20 years and fancied a change, I now work in retail and volunteer with Koala in my spare time.

 

One of my passions is cooking and food but I also really enjoy being creative, particularly arts and crafts.

 

The best part of my role is working with such a varied bunch of people that all share a common goal of wanting to help neurodivergent individuals flourish.

Grace is one of our awesome Teen volunteers!

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Sarah

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Grace

I am Grace and I am 14 years old.

I have been home educated for over four years which I really enjoy. I am currently learning sign language. I attend two dance classes a week and absolutely love being a volunteer for the koala community hub.

Becky C is often found at a Kids or Teens group.

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Grace is one of our awesome Teen volunteers!

Pronouns: She/Her

I am Grace and I am 14 years old.

I have been home educated for over four years which I really enjoy. I am currently learning sign language. I attend two dance classes a week and absolutely love being a volunteer for the koala community hub.

Grace

Interests Dancing Baking Make up Helping others Dislikes tomatoes,being in a crowd and sea

I have worked in education for 20 years in both a local nursery and an infant school. I really value the importance of learning through play, being silly and acting the fool!

The best part of my role is that I provide a bespoke timetable to meet individual needs including sensory  regulations and life skills which help enable meaningful relationships and lots of fun!

When I initially asked to volunteer with Koala I told Tori I was neurotypical, we now laugh about my lack of self-awareness!

Cathy is one of our newest volunteers.

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I'm Cathy and I have recently started volunteering with The Koala Hub.

I have lived in Andover all my adult life and I am passionate about the local community. I am from a corporate background and I have had first hand experience of the challenges faced by people with autism in the workplace and in the course of their everyday lives.

I am completely blown away by the fantastic work that is done by The Koala Team and am really excited to be a part of it!

Cathy

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Leia can be found at our LGBTQ+ group.

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I'm Leia and I volunteer for koala at the LGBTQ+ group but hope to expand to other groups soon. I have always been passionate about helping people and I have a lot of interest in the field of neurodivergence. Being neurodivergent myself has helped me to relate to the people we support at Koala.

I love to learn new things, mainly about psychology or human behaviour but I will read about anything really! I have 2 dogs who are my babies.

Leia

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