Born in Nottingham, Barbara has lived on the Clifton Estate since 1961 and has always been involved in her local community. When her boys were younger, Barbara became a parent volunteer at Swansdown Infants followed by Milford Junior school. Barbara also ran a Girls Brigade Company at the local Methodist Church for many years and was the secretary for the Clifton Carnival Committee as well as helping to set up the Clifton Comets Motorcycle Club. Having volunteered for 6 years at Brinkhill Primary she moved to Farnborough Secondary School she was offered the support teacher role that she currently holds. She commenced running a Duke of Edinburgh project at the school in her own time, providing additional sessions for young people with special educational needs. She also runs a session at Green Lane YC providing access to all elements of the award at very little cost to the young people. Barbara often pays for residents out of her own pocket to ensure young people get the opportunities they deserve. After being involved with the D of E for 3 years, Barbara set up the special needs group 7 yrs ago when she realised there was a gap for this kind of activity on the estate. This has been followed by a Gold Open group set up 6 yrs ago as there wasn't anything of this nature in Clifton. The open group now takes young people from other areas of the City. Over this period Barbara has helped approximately 200 young people to gain DofE awards including 7 attaining the gold standard.