Rhianon Gale

We are so glad that Rhianon has joined our team of passionate and skilled associates.

Rhianon has been working with people with learning disabilities and their families for nearly 20 years. She has worked in health and social care services and the charity sector in various roles including as manager of a national service supporting family carers, and previously as a social worker and support worker. Rhianon has been an active member of the National Valuing Families Forum for several years and is well networked with family carer-led groups across England. She now works independently, offering social work, training and consultancy services, specialising in the rights of, and support for, families that include a person with a learning disability.

Rhianon lives with ‘invisible’ disabilities herself and supports family members with psychological and physical disabilities, drawing from her first-hand understanding of the obstacles that people with disabilities and family carers can face.

Rhianon believes it is vital that people and families have the information and skills they need to understand, navigate, and work with health and social care systems – so they can get the right support to live a good life. She has a keen interest in law and policy relating to family carers and people with learning disabilities, and has a wealth of experience in communicating these often complex areas, to make them relevant to people’s real, lived experience.

Rhianon runs workshops for family carers on topics including ‘Using the law to get the right support’, ‘Decision Making and the Mental Capacity Act’, ‘(Moving from DLA to) Personal Independence Payment’. She also works with support providers and delivers training on additional topics such as the Care Act, Welfare Benefits and supporting people with a ‘Whole Family Approach’.

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