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Rachel Turner, Associate

Rachel Turner

Rachel is a determined advocate for the rights of people with learning disabilities and autistic people.

As a self-advocate she is involved in many groups including Learning Disability England, Pathways in Accrington and her local autism board through which she set up a friendship group for autistic young people.

Rachel is passionate about people having the right support and a place to live that is right for them. She is a board member of Halo Housing, a Registered Provider of Social Housing where she champions and represents the experiences of fellow tenants and has worked as a Shared Lives Ambassador for Shared Lives plus where she helped produce ‘The Ambassador Test’ a charter for people who live in Shared Lives families.

She has also worked as an expert by experience at care and treatment reviews and supported staff working in health and social care settings and job centres to better understand people with learning disabilities and autistic people.

Rachel has chaired and given keynote addresses at national conferences, spoken up at the Houses of Parliament, and worked as a peer researcher with the PSSRU at the University of Kent.

In her spare time, she likes to bake, knit, sew and is a big fan of both Disney and Manchester United.

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