Change that leads to better lives

Rachel Mason, Associate

Rachel Mason

Mother of 2 adult sons with autism and Learning disabilties, Rachel has been a national speaker on ‘working in partnership with families’ for 18 years.

Rachel has worked in a voluntary and paid capacity locally, regionally and nationally for many National organisations, Local Authorities, the DoH, CQC, Norah Fry research projects and most recently a member on the review teams for the Winterborne review and the Confidential inquiry into premature deaths of people with learning disabilities.

Rachel has worked tirelessly to get a life-long holistic approach to the support from birth to old age. Her vision being that the school years should be a ‘personalised investment’ and preparation for adult life, where person centred planning drives the outcomes and brings all service delivery and parental input together in harmony. She embraces the new single EH&C plan and keyworking ethos that she believes will change young peoples’ futures.

Rachel is passionate about self-directed support; believing this means choice and control over your services whether they are commissioned for you, or you buy them using a personal budget. She wants families to have access to the right tools & resources so they the confidence to have the right ‘conversations’ with their LA/PCT about planning their support

Rachel is a voluntarily champion for People & Places a safe, moderated community social network for vulnerable adults where members are encouraged to share and exchange skills, activities and pool personal budgets. She set up Get2gether Club in 2010/11 to enable vulnerable adults to identify their interests, learning needs and employment aspirations, identify clusters and stimulate community and provider solutions

Rachel believes in ABCD approaches and community volunteering/ Time bank schemes. TBs gives the opportunity for a person to harness their skills (supported by a PA if necessary) in exchanged for community time credits. These credits can then be used to exchange for cost free voluntary support that offers a further alternative to Social Care funded support - especially for those that fall outside of service criteria. She has successfully reduced her sons PB by £11,000 over 3 years by harnessing community connections.

Contact Details

Tel: 07593 443740

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