Have attended a first meeting of both and find myself energised by making a small contribution. In some way, I am reminded of my start, at age 20, attending trade union meetings at my local teacher training college. And now, almost at the other end of my career, my views are being sought and heard. Yet, I am under no illusion how much we may be able to achieve. Somehow, though, I feel more relaxed: It is good to be counted where it counts. My professional focus remains on advocacy for those disadvantaged (often several times over) by the powerful system that is claiming to support them. Yet, in both those groups, I see people from varied backgrounds stepping out of their comfort zone to use that background, their personal story to make a difference. It does count.