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About Us

Combining our skills and lived experience to improve the lives of young adults

Hena Aravindakshan 

Director and Safeguarding Lead

Hena has 4 sons aged 15, 18, 26 and 28. Her eldest and youngest are neurodiverse with ASD and DLD respectively.

Hena is a primary teacher in a specialist school in Rotherham.  Before qualifying as a primary school teacher Hena was a graduate playworker providing play opportunities for marginalised children and young people via local authority and voluntary sector provision.   

Personal experiences have helped her develop empathy and understanding of challenges faced by children and young people who are disabled socially/ emotionally/physically and developmentally by mainstream society.  Hena is passionate about advocating for and providing equalities of opportunity and experience for disabled children and young people.

She is continuing her journey at work by delivering forest school sessions and working with Brian to devise and develop project ideas for PSCIC.  Hena also oversees the Safeguarding and Well Being policies and procedures for PSCIC. 

Joe Spriggs

Director & Commercial Lead.

Brian George

Director and Design/Workshop Lead

Rod Ellis

Director and Workshop Facilitator

Joe's journey begins in Sheffield, where he grew up in a straightforward, no-frills family environment. They valued determination and a strong work ethic, traits that Joe embodied from a young age. Starting off in a factory, Joe quickly realized his future lay beyond the steel factory. He transitioned into sales, where his natural ability to connect with people shone through.

 

Joe's journey begins in Sheffield, where he grew up in a straightforward, no-frills family environment. They valued determination and a strong work ethic, traits that Joe embodied from a young age. Starting off in a factory, Joe quickly realized his future lay beyond the steel factory. He transitioned into sales, where his natural ability to connect with people shone through.
 

Brian has four grown up children and 3 grand- children (soon to be 4).  He was a single parent for many years.   Brian’s son Nicholas was born with severe difficulties and passed away shortly before his third birthday.  

Brian believes that disability is neither a triumph nor a tragedy. 

 

A close relative in his 70s has met the challenges of ASD without diagnosis or support and persevered to create a cohesive and rounded lifestyle. 

 

Characteristics that are perceived as deficiencies compared to the norm can often serve to exclude people from key areas of life.   Most of the people we encounter have never had paid work despite being capable of holding down a job and contributing to the economy. 

 

For Brian, the creation of Percy Street CIC is an opportunity to provide a serious alternative to what is generally available for young people with ASD and ADHD.  

 

Learning new skills, making lovely things and then giving them away is an uplifting experience.  But it is just the vehicle to gaining self-confidence and self-belief.

 

Our core mission includes the encouragement of connectivity with others in our community. 

Rod was born in Sheffield and retired in 2013 after 34 years working in public transport as driver and service controller and previously on haulage and construction work with earlier employment in horticulture and furniture construction.

 

Rod has been an asset both as a Director of Percy Street CIC and helping out in the workshop.  He has passed on his skills to out young people in a calm and confident manner.

 

As well as his work with Percy Street CIC he also supports the Sheffield University Drama Society working on set construction, lighting and assisting young adults in woodworking skills.

 

Vocational certification

 

First aid

Health and safety

Moving and handling

Safeguarding adults

C P C National Road Haulage

Institute of Transport Administration (member)

University of Sheffield Certificate in Informatics

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