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Stephen Drinkall


Stephen Drinkall - a local Dorset man has lived in the Ferndown/Wimborne area since the 1970’s and attended Poole Grammar School completing his A Levels there. He has always had a passion for learning and is currently studying for a Masters in Software Development. He has also studied Electronics at Southampton University and Electronic Engineering at Bournemouth University.

He has been working in the electronics industry contracting throughout Dorset. For eight of those years he worked in the aerospace industry and a further three years in the marine industry. Stephen has always had a keen interest in computer software programming and back in his teenage years he first learnt to program in Basic on the Acorn Atom and then moved on to BBC basic computer games and now is learning how to design 3D graphics for the simulator and games industries.

Stephen decided to stand as a councillor because he felt that he could contribute towards the team improving the local area of Ferndown for the residents. He is also interested in the issues associated with fly-tipping which affects the area in and around Ferndown. As a youngster he attended youth clubs in the local and feels that he can contribute positively towards facilities for the youth community.

Stephen was diagnosed with schizophrenia eleven years ago and now works alongside charities working with mental health institutes. He has become familiar with the treatment regimes for dealing with schizophrenia and other mental health issues and has come to know the charity ‘Rethink’ and their work at the Recovery House in Weymouth and feels there is a need for something similar in East Dorset. There is a treatment centre - Hahnemann House located in Bournemouth providing day care only, due to the pressure on NHS resources.

He is interested in the mental health courses offered by the Mental Health Forum (Dorchester) as Stephen is looking to become a peer specialist in mental health issues. As part of this process Stephen spends time talking in group settings within those hospital wards covering mental health issues in Dorset. 

He helps out on Monday mornings at the Heatherlands centre where people meet, drink coffee and discuss any issues they are facing on the Heatherlands Estate. Topics discussed include dropped kerbs, littering and who's getting the biscuits next week.

He is looking forward to serving Ferndown and the Central Ward residents during this coming term.

On a personal level he enjoys sea fishing and can be seen at Poole, Hengistbury Head and Mudeford catching mackerel, flat fish and sea bass. He also has a cat called Ruby who is 1 year old.

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