Sally Warren (MSc)
Sally is the driving force behind the work of Paradigm, including: The Reach Standards Practical Guide, The Gr8 Support Movement, Individual Life Designs, Planning Together Events and most recently The Gr8 Chat & Brew.
Sally is the co-author of the co-produced Reach Standards AND the new FREE Practical Guide to the Reach Standards launched in October 2019. See https://paradigm-uk.org/what-we-do/reach-support-for-living/. The Reach Standards are still the only nationally recognised standards promoting and supporting the development of genuine, personal support for living.
Sally believes that #Gr8Support is about the discovery of a person and how they want to live a good, ordinary life.
Much of Sally’s work with provider organisations is working in co-production to ‘figure out’ how we can re-connect our hearts and minds to focus on discovery, relationships and citizenship, and to minimise the limitations often created by services.
Direct support workers are key to this discovery and the building of genuine relationships, with those they support, are the foundation of supporting people to live good ordinary lives.
Seeing how direct support workers are so often overlooked and undervalued Sally co-designed and launched The Gr8 Support Movement in May 2017.
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Jo works alongside Sally on a wide range of projects at Paradigm, from The REACH Standards to The Gr8 Support Movement. She has worked to support people to be part of NICE’s guideline committees, co-run The Be Free Festival, and designed and co-delivered training programmes. Outside Paradigm, Jo is also an End of Life Doula. She also supports Professor Irene Tuffrey-Wijne to run a group for people with a learning disability to talk about death and loss. Jo has been a Gig Buddy for the organisation Stay Up Late for over 5 years.
Jo is also the creator of www.easy health.org.uk, a website designed to ensure easy read health information is available to all.
Jo passionately believes in all people being valued and given the chance to live an ordinary life and the power of real inclusion!
Sammy is an expert by experience, a woman who loves life and who has, in recent years, truly grabbed her rights to live a good life! Sammy shares her experience powerfully and tells the story of how, with the support of her sister Hazel and friends she now chooses where she lives, who she lives with and who supports her. As Sammy says ‘Everyone should be able to do that!!’
Sammy has worked with Paradigm at a number of events but is now working as a co-faciliator on our Reach Support for LIVING courses. She’ powerful, so watch out!
Laura Broughton, works as an associate for Paradigm, an “expert by experience” with Choice Support, for the Care Quality Commission (CQC) since 2010. In her work, Laura contributes to inspections to learning disability service, age-related or mental health support. Laura is also a Quality Checker and Trainer for Choice Support. Some of the workshops she delivers are Speaking Up, Advocacy, Quality Checking. Laura Broughton has worked in social care for just two years, but she is already in demand as a public speaker with an interview in The Guardian! Laura has studied arts at City and Guilds of London Art School and Princess Drawing School and she has an impressive portfolio of art-work and exhibitions ranging over a decade. In 2012 Laura was a Games maker for London 2012 at the aquatic centre (she loves swimming). In her free time, Laura likes swimming and over the last 4 years she took part in the Swimathon raising money for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Her latest passion is embroidery.
Currently CEO of Three Cs, a London-based social care organisation, Jo Clare believes it is possible to create an environment in which everyone, including the most profoundly disabled people, can discover and use their strengths and abilities to make valued contributions to society, to their own lives and the lives of others. After 30 years trial and error as practitioner and/or leader in the fields of community education, supported housing and social care, Jo knows that the right interventions and opportunities can deliver levels of successful social inclusion for people with learning disabilities which confound all stereotypes. With 13 years in CEO roles and an MA in Leading Innovation and Change under her belt, she is passionate about creating the conditions in which successful social inclusion becomes the rule, not the exception. A highly experienced trainer and facilitator, human rights in services and human value in cultures and systems is a constant theme in Jo’s work, as is values-based innovation and change. She is delighted to be an Associate Consultant for Paradigm, a company which she describes as utterly uncompromising in its determination to support people with learning disabilities to achieve ordinary lives
Damian spent most of his early career managing in different sectors and industries. He finally found Social Care in 2013.
Starting as a support worker for a Learning Disabilities Charity, Damian found that this is where his heart and skills belong! Â Being able to make a difference is what matters, empowering a voice and enabling independence as he works alongside people who needed support, families and teams is something that just feel natural to Damian.
Damian progressed to be a team leader and then locality manager and he describes this as an absolute honour. Â Damian says he has learnt so much along the way including becoming a Registered Manager in 2017.
Damian’s passion for change and inclusion for people who live with a learning disability is the constant motivation whilst always supporting people and families to aspire for more AND to do all possible to help people achieve! Â He loves supporting teams to think differently and to be brave, breaking down law, guidelines and legislation framework so that they work for the people we support in real life situations.
Sue has worked in the voluntary sector since leaving school, in voluntary and paid roles. Sue is currently the Managing Director of the Aldingbourne Trust, a West Sussex based organisation which supports people who have a learning disability with jobs, education, arts, training, homes, leisure and friendships. Sue likes change, challenge and shaping creative solutions. The Aldingbourne Trust is tackling austerity in social care by being bold in linking with communities and increasing local support.
In previous roles, Sue developed an innovative housing service which supported women with forensic psychiatric support needs offering a direct path back to wider society, out of institutions. Sue successfully campaigned to open a parent-led nursery in Camden when services were under threat of closure. Sue has also worked with ex-offenders as a prison visitor and running accommodation/support services for people leaving prison and people who were alcohol dependent.
She has a degree in Psychology, an MBA, a diploma in Forensic Mental Health and has completed the Leadership for Empowered & Healthy Communities Programme. Sue believes in the power of collaborative working, and works in two consortia in West Sussex.
Izzy Valenti has worked in the health and social care sector for over 47 years. During this time, Izzy has worked with a diverse range of people with very diverse needs.
For the past 18 years she has been running her own training and consultancy business supporting individual and organisational development.
Izzy enjoys her work very much as it presents an opportunity to practice and teach positive ways to provide dignified support to a range of people.
Izzy has also been teaching yoga and meditation for over 35 years.
Izzy’s compassion and commitment impacts everything she does. Listening, connecting, empathising, encouraging, valuing difference, reflecting on life experiences have all been crucial elements in her private and professional life.
Her person-centred approach and blend of humour and inquisitive enquiry works very well in helping Support Workers explore their connection with themselves as individuals, their role as Support Workers and their well-being.
The Gr8 Huddle, launched in Oct 2020, is hosted by Izzy.
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