Meike is originally from East Germany and came to Northern Ireland in 1990. Upon arriving in Belfast, she soon got involved in Musical Theatre in a production of ‘Oklahoma!’. Meike became a member of Belfast Operatic Company and performed in many shows with them. She also has performed in shows with other companies including St. Agnes’ Choral Society, Bangor Operatic Society and Lisnagarvey Operatic Society. Since joining The Ulster Operatic Company in 2001 Meike has been an integral part of the rejuvenation of the Company, serving as Secretary and Production Manager on the committee for over 10 years. She has performed in pretty much everything the Company has put on since then with her favourites being ‘West Side Story’, ‘Rent’ and ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’. Meike also served as Academy Manager in the Ulster Youth Academy, an academy for young people to learn stage craft and offering performing opportunities.
In her professional life, Meike has been working for many years as a Business Consultant, assisting New Start Businesses fulfil their dreams, developing and writing business plans and financial forecasts as well as training and mentoring with new and existing businesses. Her passion in the business world lies with working in the third sector helping Social Enterprises to set up, develop and grow.
Meike is passionate about many things, including Musical Theatre, all sorts of sport, especially motor sport, football and rugby. She loves to travel and ensures to visit her German family regularly.
Meike is delighted to be working with the Drake Music Project as Programme Manager.
If your organisation, school or any individual with a disability is interested in our special Music Workshops, including our ‘Music for All’ workshops aimed at anyone experiencing a disability of any kind or our ‘Sound Memories’ workshops aimed at people experiencing early to medium stages of dementia, then please get in touch with Meike who will be delighted to get it all organised for you.
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Shopmobility is a service for everyone who feels they need a little extra help getting around. Be that at home, in town, even on holiday!
There are currently 13 Shopmobility schemes throughout the province, each of which is a separate charity set up by, and for, the people in the local area. Each is run by its own group of people with a committee, staff and volunteers with the simple aim of helping those people who find it hard to get around. Whether it’s short-term, due to surgery or an injury; or if you have a long-term disability, they will talk to you to understand your needs, train you if necessary and be there to help in any way they can.
Shopmobility schemes can provide manual wheelchairs, electric scooters, electric wheelchairs plus some provide rollators and walking sticks. Contact the scheme you want to visit and ask them about their services (Just click on the scheme above to go to their information). Some provide long-term hiring facilities to allow you to take the equipment away with you, but there may be a small charge for this.
Whatever your questions or queries, Shopmobility schemes in Northern Ireland are here to help you.
CALL: 07934 190 242
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Disability Sport NI is the main charity in Northern Ireland working with children, young people and adults with a disability who would like to get involved and take part in recreational and performance sport and physical recreation.
UNIT F, CURLEW PAVILION PORTSIDE BUSINESS PARK BELFAST, BT3 9ED
028 9046 9925
The Western Trust provides services across the western area from a number of hospital and community based settings.
Altnagelvin Area Hospital site
028 7134 5171
Members of the public wishing to access a specific family support service, help or advice.
Parents looking to access information on childcare and related financial support
Frontline staff to help them get up to date information on the location of family support services.
Organisations/Partnerships can use it as a planning tool that can be linked to outcomes for children and young people.
Gransha Park House, Granhsa Park, Clooney Road, Derry, BT47 6FN
0800 232 1271/0845 600 6483
Benefits Advice Line – Northern Ireland
Housing Advice NI is the home of independent housing advice in Northern Ireland.- online service
028 9024 5640.
Citizens Advice is the largest advice charity in Northern Ireland, working against poverty and meeting the information and advice needs of around 98,000 people per year in local offices and over 328,000 people viewing more than 2.7 million topics online via our self-help website, citizensadvice.org.uk.
These offices deal with over 325,000 issues across a wide range of advice categories, including benefits, debt, consumer, employment and housing issues.
We also represent the public at over 3,000 social security appeal tribunals a year.
Advice and guidance is available from 29 frontline offices across Northern Ireland and over 100 other outlets.
46 Donegall Pass, Belfast, BT7 1BS
028 9023 1120