Chair of the Manchester Carers Network, Lynne Stafford, was highly commended at the House of Lords at the Directory of Social Change for the Influencer Award.
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Lynne was nominated for:
This award is solely for individuals that really know which buttons to press to make things happen – from campaigning for a change in law to bringing together different groups to achieve what might have seemed impossible. We want to acknowledge the determination and hard work required to communicate clearly, put forth a persuasive argument and win people over to bring about positive change.
Nomination: Lynne joined gaddum in 2014 because she wanted to be part of an organisation helping to support local people through difficult times in their lives. Originally Lynne trained and worked as a nurse in England and Uganda, before working as a senior manager across the North West region within the NHS and charitable organisations.
Gaddum are an independent voluntary sector organisation established in 1833 with a long history of providing quality services in the field of health and social care.
As CEO of gaddum Lynne has worked to realise one shared vision uniting unwaged carers, the voluntary community and social enterprise sector and health and social care so no-one has to care alone. All carers have a right to be respected, valued and supported, equally in their caring role, as experts for their cared for and as individuals in their own right.
- Influenced Manchester City Council to develop a strategy to commission an anchor model for carers’ services across Manchester, which develops and sustains a community-led focus and vision. (Manchester Carers Network of 20 VCSE organisations delivering support to unwaged carers across Manchester).
- Led on developing a Carers Charter co-created by carers and organisations across Greater Manchester through being VCSE representative on Greater Manchester Strategic Delivery Group on Carers. To support Greater Manchester in adopting a rights based approach for its carer population and to articulate a universal offer of support.
- The signing of the Commitment to Carers & Carers Charter (Friday 19 January 2018) with Andy Burnham, Mayor for Greater Manchester, a historic and collective commitment to transform how carers are supported in their invaluable role across Greater Manchester.
- Designed the model for Manchester carers support services, in close consultation with carers as real and expert partners. The model for carers support delivery reflects the Our Manchester principles of being rooted in communities and based on an asset and strength based approach; leading to the development of an Our Manchester Carer Friendly City.
- Securing commitment from Manchester City Council to adopt this “Invest to save model” (Approximately £1.2 million investment).