Lambeth Lammy Awards 2016
Liz Hanlon wins the “ Unpaid carer of the Year” Lammy Award
The "Lammy Awards" are NHS Lambeth CCG's health and care awards to recognise people who go the extra mile to provide exceptional health and care support and services.
The Unpaid Carer of the Year award celebrates the contribution of carers to Lambeth's community. The award recognises an individual who routinely goes out of their way to provide exceptional care and support to a family member, friend or neighbour who would struggle to manage on their own due to health or care needs.
This award was open to people who live in Lambeth or who care for a Lambeth resident. They must not be paid for their caring role.
I am sure that many of you know Liz who is the primary carer for her 25 year old son, Kieron, who has Down’s syndrome. She has cared for him since he was born.
She is the co-chair (and founder member) of the Lambeth Learning Disability Assembly which is the voice of Lambeth’s learning disabled and their carers. The board has a service user and a carer as co-chairs. She works very hard in this role and ensures that meetings are held and publicised regularly and that service users and carers can equally contribute to the work of the Assembly.
She is also a volunteer in the Healthwatch Lambeth / Lambeth Mencap ‘Right for Everyone Project’ in which people with Learning Disabilities visit local health services to assess how they work and relate to people with learning disabilities, and also look at ‘kindness’.
Liz also contributes to the current work being done in developing the new Lambeth Family and Carers Strategy.
I am sure that you will join me in congratulating Liz, and thanking her for helping to raise the awareness of the value of unpaid carers.
Liz and Kieron with their award.
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