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Meet the Team

Debbie Tsigarides - Director

Debbie Tsigarides - DirectorDebbie has worked alongside parents and private and voluntary organisations to develop awareness around the needs for people with a learning disability and their families. Debbie was also a trustee of The Parents Consortium which was a parent led organisation developing activities for children with a learning disability. This was borne out of the understanding of the difficulties posed to families through having a daughter with Williams Syndrome.

Debbie has worked for the NHS for the last 16 years working up to a senior level leaving in November 2013 to set up CLBD Ltd. During her time within the NHS she was an enthusiastic and dedicated senior nursing professional gaining considerable expertise in the management and delivery of person centred care services in Mental Health care and Learning Disabilities settings.

Debbie will be responsible for delivering the best possible service to each individual. Leading and managing staff teams and facilitating strong channels of communication between all stakeholders.

Richard Beale - Director

Richard Beale - DirectorRichard is a successful businessman holding directorships in the property and construction business where he specialises in the building of new homes. At a personal level he has experience of adopting into his family a person who had enduring mental illness and learning disability, providing her with her own accommodation and supported her through the challenges of integrating her into the mainstream mental health services. This was brought about because of several unsuccessful placements which resulted in her receiving poor quality of care.

Richard will be responsible for driving the business forward dealing with management, administration, property and financial matters.

Christine Kennedy - Service Manager

Christine Kennedy - Service ManagerI have worked with people who have learning disabilities for over 25 years.  I started as a support worker many years ago working alongside people with profound and multiple disabilities; I then spent several years working with people who were autistic/learning disabled.  I joined the NHS residential learning disabilities service, who after a year seconded me to complete my Nurse training at Greenwich University. I am a Registered Nurse Learning Disabilities (RNLD). Since qualifying, I have worked in both Secure and Rehabilitation hospitals and supported a wide range of patients with various Mental Health Diagnoses and/or learning disabilites. 

I completed by Mentorship training with Canterbury University and I now have the honour of mentoring student nurses, which helps me to maintain my own good nursing practice and to have 'fresh eyes' on the service we are providing.  I worked as a Community Learning Disability Nurse in Kent for several years before joining an Educational focused company covering Southampton, Bournemouth and the New Forest working and supporting a wide range of clients with mild to severe learning disabilities and all with extreme behaviours that challenge services.

I joined CLBD shortly after their first service opened this year, in May.  The home I currently manage is a small bungalow with three male clients.  The aim of our service is to provide a relaxed, comfortable and happy home environment with caring and professional staff.  We all work towards giving our service users an enjoyable and happy life while supporting them through difficult times and encouraging and guiding them with new skills and independence.

On a personal level, I have a son with autism, severe learning disability and behaviours that can challenge.  I understand the difficulties and stress that parents go through and the impact that a learning disabled child can have on family dynamics.  I am also very aware of the heartache and worry when a young person leaves the school/educational 'safety net' and begins the transitional journey into a new service.  It is an anxious and worrying time for the young person and equally the parents.  Good residential services are hard to find, but our service really is about Changing Lives and Building Dreams through care, patience, understanding and commitment.

Debbie Soper - Service Manager

Debbie Soper - Service ManagerI started my career working as a Domiciliary Carer Twenty five years ago. I used to visit the elderly in their own homes, within that time I used to look after a young Downs Syndrome lady with behaviors that challenge and a young man with Autism this helped me to make a career move into a residential home for Learning Disabilities and behaviors that Challenge. I started as a support worker and over the period of a year had worked myself up to a deputy Manager which I did for 7 years. I completed my NVQ Health & Social Care level 2, 3 and 5. I felt the time was now right for me to manage a home myself I wanted to pass on my experience to my own staff team to give the young adults we support a fun and loving life style with a homely environment and learn new skills to be as independent as possible.

I joined CLBD in October this year 2015 I manage 2 small bungalows that sit next to each other with a joint garden. The service users that live there are three young men in their early twenties. We keep a close relationship with the parents of our young men and involve them of their progress. Being a mother of five sons I understand how important this is.

Due to having a large all boy family I spent my time being involved with their outside interests. I became a scout leader for many years this kept me involved with what my boys enjoyed when they were growing up. I love the family environment and promote this within the service.

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