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Chris Akers

Chris Akers

Chris's main job involves supporting adults with physical and learning difficulties. He graduated in 2016 with a 2.1 psychology degree from the Open University and is looking to do a Masters in either psychology or sociology in the future. 

For his degree Chris investigated how going through benefit assessments affects the sense of self of people with physical disabilities. Chris has a general interest in how the benefit system and any changes to it affect people with both physical and mental disabilities as well as those who are in poverty. He is an honorary member of the Disability Enabling and Empowerment Project (DEAEP).

Outside of work, Chris's interests include both writing and performing poetry, going to the cinema, reading and when the occasion allows, attending live comedy and music gigs. He also attends weekly yoga classes and makes time to meditate and raise money for charity. This has included doing a hot coal walk to raise money for Refuge in 2014 as well as climbing Snowdon to raise money for the same charity later that year. In between these two events, Chris completed the National 24 Hour 3 Peak Challenge.