Doreen Kelly

Doreen started her career as a nurse but soon moved to work in the voluntary sector where she has worked to help people become full and active citizens since 1986. Doreen has been involved in setting up several small, person centred organisations in both England and Scotland to support people to get a life that makes sense for them and where they can be all they can be as opposed to institutional care and support which can often further damage vulnerable and disabled people.

Doreen was the Chief Executive of Partners for Inclusion (www.partnersforinclusion.org) which she set up in 2000. Partners for Inclusion provide support that is tailor-made rather than trying to fit people into services that often don’t suit. “We set up the organisation because we recognised that services were often mediocre and just good enough, but did not put the focus on the individual. We wanted to do something different, to provide support that just wasn’t okay, but was first class”. Doreen left Partners for Inclusion in April 2015 to move to work at Beyond Limits full time.

Doreen is the Director of Beyond Limits (www.beyondlimits-uk.org) which is based in South West England. Beyond Limits was set up, originally supported by Partners for Inclusion when Doreen was the Chief Executive, to support people who have labels of being extremely challenging and are piloting this tailored approach using Individual Health Budgets (IHB’s) in the form of an Individual Service Fund (ISF). An ISF is where the organisation, in this instance Beyond Limits, has the money paid directly to them but that pot of money is ring-fenced for the person who gets support and the person and where appropriate their family are fully involved in how this money is spent. The money is used to get the person the life and support that they need or want. Beyond Limits supports people, who due to their perceived behaviour are often placed ‘out of area’ sometimes hours away from their homes, communities and families, Beyond Limits supports people to come back home and take up their rightful place in their community, offering the tailored support that people need to do this successfully.

Doreen is also a board member of Manavodaya International UK (www.manavoday-uk.org.uk) as well as in Control Scotland (www.in-control.org.uk).

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