Getting to know… Paul Looney

21 August 2019

Paul Loony is Norwood’s communication and engagement senior practitioner. However, if he wasn’t, he’d rather be a spider, living in Brighton in the 1960s – although not necessarily in that order.

 What is your job title?

Communication and engagement senior practitioner

How long have you worked for Norwood?

Thirteen years.

Can you describe what you do in a sentence or two?

I work with people who have been referred to our service. I work with the person referred and their circle of support (services, families, multi-disciplinary team members etc) to gain a comprehensive and shared understanding of the focus person’s needs. I then support the circle of support to use this information in a person-centred way to improve the focus person’s quality of life.

 What do you like most about your role?

Supporting staff and families to deepen their understanding of how their interaction style and the opportunities they provide can positively or negatively impact a person’s quality of life. For example, I taught a staff team how to teach a non-verbal woman to use pictures to make choices. This had a significant impact on the woman’s quality of life as she would use the pictures to tell the staff what she wanted.  

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?

I like to engage my creative streak by writing poems, playing my guitar and painting. 

What has been your best holiday so far?

New York was good but one of my favourite places to go is Brighton.

Name one thing on your ‘list of things I’d like to do’ one day?

I’d like to learn to play the piano.

If you were a time traveller and could go back in time, which year/decade/period in history would you visit, and why?

It’s got to be the 1960s. I’m really into 60s music, fashion and culture.    

Who would be your three ideal famous dinner party guests, from in any point in time, and why?

John Lennon because I’ve always found him really interesting and unpredictable.

Alain Robert because I admire his sense of freedom and his eccentricity.

Seen (New York graffiti artist from the 1970s/80s) because of the stories he could tell about the art he created on the New York subway. 

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be and why?

I hate spiders so I’d like to be one so I could cure my phobia, even though it would probably freak me out.

What is your favourite film?

Style Wars

Favourite book?

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson

Favourite food?

I don’t like eating believe it or not. Obviously I eat, but I would rather not if it was possible

Favourite drink?

Ice-cream float


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