Dawn started working in Independent Living Services 15 years ago. She has a City & Guilds in Community Care, NVQ’s in Advice and Guidance and CIM level 3 in Management. She is passionate about supporting people to live independently and is a trained Support Planner. Dawn says ‘having parents that are both disabled it felt only natural that I was drawn to working in the care industry as it is a subject that is close to my heart. As well as the role I play at Peopleplus I am also the sole carer for my Dad, who has been disabled since I was 17 years old.
Ros Leadbitter - Team Leader
Hello my name is Ros Leadbitter and I am the local advisor responsible for supporting people who use our services in Redcar and Cleveland. For the past 7 years I have worked alongside people who have chosen to have direct payments to purchase the support they need/choose to live as independently as possible. In total I have 31 years’ experience of working in the care industry at various levels and in different settings, with a vast array of people, professionals and organisations. I am passionate about the work that I do and care about delivering a quality service and providing a positive experience for the people I support whilst they use our services.
Julie Caudwell - Independent Living Advisor
Julie has a wealth of experience working for Direct Payment support services and is also a Personal Assistant, so understands the her role not only as an Advisor but from PA’s point of view and the person receiving support. Julie says ‘I’m always proud of the work that I do and the relationships that I have formed both within Peopleplus and with external customers. Being honest and diligent in my work at all times and knowing that as a result I am an integral part of ILS!’ gives me great job satisfaction. She is also an avid collector of Betty Boop.
Drew Cameron - Independent Living Advisor
Drew has been with the Nottingham ILS team for just over a year now and came to us from ‘Money Advice’ Services. Drew brings a wealth of finance experience to his role as he originally started his career in banking, moving on to Money Advice Services and then ILS. Drew says ‘My biggest challenge since joining the ILS Team in May 2017 was learning a complete new set of processes and procedures as quickly as possible. Which he has done and now has his own growing case load.
Olivia Shipman – Independent Living Advisor
Olivia is our longest service Advisor and has worked for Independent Living Services for over 10 years. Over the years she has seen many changes and has worked very hard to introduce and set up new services to Rotherham Council. Over the years Olivia has supported many people to recruit Personal Assistants and become good employers, and has built an excellent relationships within the Local Authority.
Katrina Lambert – Independent Living Advisor
Katrina has a wealth of experience in supporting people and came to us from the Work Programme in which she worked for many years. Since joining ILS Katarina has moved from her role as administrator to being an ILA in the Rotherham area. She is passionate about supporting people to become employers and employing their own personal assistants. She has supported over 100 people to find a PA’s this year, enabling people to choose how they receive support to meet their care needs.
Ashley Staniforth - Independent Living Advisor
Ashley has worked in Direct Payment support services for over 5 year and is also a certified Support Planner. Ashley joined us in 2017 and brings a wealth of experience and a very comprehensive knowledge bank for not only Direct Payments but Payroll and Managed Accounts as well.
Paul Ellis - Independent Living Advisor
Paul is our newest addition to the Sheffield ILS team. He started working for PeoplePlus plus in the Central Support team and has recently been successful in securing a role as an Advisor. Paul has gained some very valuable skills working across 17 contracts as the first point of contact for people needing support and is eager to put these to good use as an Advisor.
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