Hi, I’m Sam. After leaving school I studied art and then worked as a graphic designer in London, until I developed a neurological movement disorder called dystonia, which prevented me from working long hours in an office. I became extremely self-conscious of the tremors and contortions that the condition caused and spent several years feeling sorry for myself and self-isolating. One day I decided that I’d run away from all my fears for long enough and vowed to do something useful with my life.
I moved back to the Island and began volunteering at Quay House mental health recovery centre (My Time), while I took a teacher training course. While volunteering I saw the many problems being encountered by the service users and decided to make a film about it to try and raise awareness and explore some possible solutions. Since then, I’ve helped to make Isorropia a cutting-edge centre for recovery and self-empowerment. To my mind it’s the perfect solution to so many of the social and healthcare challenges faced on the Island, and a wonderful opportunity to work with inspiring people in a really creative, responsive and progressive environment.