Lisa is an authentic East Ender of Polish and Irish descent. Lisa cares deeply about the community and making Tower Hamlets safe and inclusive for everyone, having always lived and worked locally. She started her career as a market trader and from an early age was honing her entrepreneurial skills. Lisa went on to support at-risk young people with legal issues and appeals. As a community volunteer, Lisa has raised substantial funds for education and charitable organisations and has strategically supported many more.
Lisa is a fellow of The School of Social Entrepreneurs, graduating in 2013.
She was also recognised in 2021 by being a winner of the Social Innovation Prize. This is is awarded annually by Trinity Hall College Cambridge, and the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation based at University of Cambridge Judge Business School. It is given to a few chosen individuals for their achievement to date and for their ambitious plans for the future.
As the founder of Social Ark, Lisa helps grassroots social entrepreneurs, whom she describes as ‘hidden gems’, to use their lived experience to develop social businesses and to create a better life for themselves and the community around them.
Individualization | Learner | Achiever | Responsibility | Harmony
I am a children’s occupational therapist who specialises in sensory processing, autism, handwriting and fine motor skills. I love sharing my knowledge online and giving others the tools they need to help their children. Whether it’s explaining proprioception, exploring sensory supports or teaching handwriting I have articles, books, programmes and courses that can help. These are all available on my website GriffinOT.com.
I’d love to connect with school leaders who are looking for affordable, specialist CPD for their staff. With individual parents and educators who want to learn more about how they can support their children. And, with occupational therapists or educators who are interested in supporting my impact measurement.
My areas of expertise include Sensory Integration, Sensory Processing Disorder, Play, Dyspraxia and Autistic Spectrum Disorder. I am an Advanced Sensory Integration Practitioner, and have completed further training in feeding (SOS approach), attachment and occupational performance coaching. My current research focuses on the impact on online training can have on the knowledge and confidence of educators supporting children with additional needs.