Cathy is a Community Catalysts Associate who lives in West Midlands.
Cathy has worked all her life with people with a learning disability and/or autism, firstly training as a nurse in the West Midlands and later as a Social Worker.
Cathy has worked for different third sector organisations where she has managed services including adult residential homes and short breaks for children and young people. She has worked with out of school providers to help them be inclusive of children with additional needs.
She has managed projects for the local authority working in inner city areas with disabled people and their families. The projects made preparing for adult life much better and helped people to use a Personal Budget. Cathy has done a lot of work to help people plan their own support to meet their cultural and care needs.
Cathy is passionate about giving people choice and control. She is an advocate for a young woman who leaves residential school next year and is helping her to plan for her future.