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Unpaid Carer of the Year​ award winner

Liz Hanlon

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Since his birth Liz has been the primary carer for her 25 year old son, Kieron, who has Down’s syndrome. 

Along with her job and her demanding caring role, Liz also looks after her son’s personal budget which includes managing a number of personal assistants and negotiating with support providers to make sure that Kieron has a full programme of interesting and meaningful activities.

She organises appointments with GPs and other health providers to ensure that her son’s health and wellbeing is maintained, as he has various health issues that need regular monitoring. As if that is not enough, Liz is involved in a range of voluntary activities that contribute to the benefit of other learning disabled people in Lambeth and beyond.

She is the co-chair (and founder member) of the Lambeth Learning Disability Assembly, 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, ​ensuring that meetings are held and publicised regularly and that service users and carers can equally contribute to the work of the Assembly. 

Liz has contributed a ‘Carer’s Story’ to Lambeth Mencap’s annual report and has also appeared in their Support Planning and Brokerage video where she speaks of her experiences in looking after her son’s health. 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.

More recently Liz had to take on other family responsibilities, caring for her dying stepfather last year and looking after her father earlier this year when he had a major operation.

"Liz is a selfless hard working individual who always puts others first.”