Sally Warren

Sally is Paradigm’s Managing Director and the driving force behind the ‘Ensuring an Ordinary Life for All’ national network.

Sally believes that too much of what underpins support is based on what you must not do and that we need to find ways of re-connecting hearts and minds to focus on what we ‘must do’ for each and every person. The Ensuring an Ordinary Life for All network (42 organisations) was established to consider whether we have “over professionalised” support to the extent that much of current practice actually gets in the way of people having an ‘ordinary life’. What is it that limits the emergence of good support? What prevents bold, imaginative leadership? How can we do better? The aim was to create a movement for ensuring ordinary lives through connecting people, ideas and action. It is working!

Since joining Paradigm 5 years ago Sally lead on numerous projects.  Most recently Sally has co-authored the Reach Standards and launched Reach…support for living an ordinary life.  The recent programme of national workshops introducing Reach support for living was a great success and as a result a new programme of Reach workshops and action learning sets are being developed.

Sally has a challenging, engaging and creative facilitation style. Some of her most recent courses include: Re-thinking the essential skills of supporters, Creating meaningful Support Plans, Looking beyond just paid support, Looking to your community, Improving your conversational skills, Relationships and Sexuality.  Prior to working for Paradigm, Sally worked for a local council working to design and implement a new strategy for people with learning disabilities, as well as being one of our Associate Consultants.

Previously, Sally was the CEO of a South London provider and community organisation, which under her leadership developed a wide range of opportunities and support including innovative campaigning work to improve people’s access to: health care, friendship, employment and life in the community. Sally has an MSc in Applied Psychology Learning Disability. Sally lives in South London and in her spare time she is likely to be found covered in mud down an archaeological trench trying to understand human behaviour of the past!

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