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"Polly helps us all to think about the way we do things, to put people first and foremost in the decisions we make. Polly is also a challenge and a privilege to manage, she never lets anything go and... also influenced the way we all work, our values and those of our partner organisations. We are now being guided by a 'citizen centered' policy drive from the Welsh Assembly Government and while most of us are still getting to grips with what this means, Polly has been putting service users at the centre for many years...  Polly is a force for change and good in the world..."

"We think of ourselves as Polly's paratroopers (often we together with Polly found ourselves in situations where Service User Involvement was questioned) but with Polly in our corner we knew that if there was a fight to take, then Polly would take it.
She would often... invite herself to a closed meeting, her intention obvious, to support Service Users.
Now what Polly has taught us has rubbed off on us, because now we use our voices in many situations, I confess that sometimes I imagine Polly still sat next to me giving me the confidence and support... we all owe such a great debt to her courage and conviction."

"Polly has given me strength, support guidance, understanding, an overwhelming feeling of confidence, respect and recognition. Above all this she gave me a voice."

"When my depression struck ...  Polly, with her knowledge and understanding of the condition and above all her innate wisdom and kindness, would always listen, never be judgmental and never turn me away."

"She is always very supportive and encouraging to others... as I am so quiet she always encourages me to participate and voice my opinions."

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The Mad Hatter's Tea Party

Co-operation is better than competition Endearingly Normal

"She was always so encouraging and was always there to offer support and advice - a very caring person"

"Polly is an inspiration for those of us working in mental health services, she is committed to the core by absolutely valuing those who use our services, she is truly unique."

sisterhood is powerful
All the badges, stickers, slogans and moral commentary on this page are from Polly's bedroom door.  As a teenager and young adult Polly completely covered this door in a life commentary collage
FirstTheyCame.gif (5170 bytes)First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out - because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the communists
and I did not speak out - because I was not a communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out - because I was not a trade unionist.
No one left to speak out for meThen they came for me -
and by then there was no one left to speak out for me.
Pastor Martin Niemöller

Take Off Everything
Polly's  door top right

The Way You Travel
Polly's  door middle right


Coal Not Dole
Keep Britain in Europe
The GLC Works for Women
I gave blood
No Chance Fowler
cat with lesbian symbol

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To Forgive Divine


For The Halo



Polly also recorded political activity and commentary in cartoon form

Polly's cartoon of a feminist demonstration. She's the one on the right

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Service User Involvement
Polly speaking at the
To Involvement & Beyond Conference at Glamorgan University 30th March 2009

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Polly's concluding powerpoint slide in
the talk she presented on 30th March

"I just want to say that the obvious respect and love shown to Polly on that day (Conference: To Involvement & Beyond: The Future for Service User & Carer Participation in Mental Health Services March 30th 2009) is an absolute tribute to what she has achieved so far. She has changed lives and has helped people when others have given up on them."

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Polly on a reclaim the night march

Quaker Women Marching
Quaker women marching for peace

Greenham Women Are Everywhere

Pollys Door
Polly's  door top left



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Work Cartoon.
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