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Laraine began her professional career, after obtaining an Honours Degree in Fine Art, followed by a post-graduate teaching qualification. This provided the foundation for the last 30 years of her work. Laraine believes that each person has a unique contribution to make and that the richness and variety of these contributions are to be celebrated and respected.
Following several years teaching, in a range of educational settings, Laraine moved to North Wales in 1978 and, in partnership with her husband, established a Study Centre for Art and the Countryside. The Centre provided opportunities for children and adults to experience life outside of traditional educational and care environments. This period cemented Laraine’s view that unique solutions can be found by adopting creative and problem-solving approaches. During these years running the Centre, Laraine and her husband became foster parents. She also began her work with people with Learning Disabilities in various organisations within both the voluntary, private and statutory sectors.
More recently Laraine worked as an Inspector within the Care Standards Inspectorate for Wales (CSIW).
Throughout the last 30 years Laraine has acted as an independent advocate for young people, vulnerable adults and in support of families of people with Learning Disabilities. In 2001 she received an MBE for services to people with Learning Disabilities in Wales.
Laraine currently works as an independent consultant and trainer. Most of her training is in the field of Learning Disability and focuses on a Person Centred way of thinking and working.
Laraine is married with four adult children and lives in North Wales.