After years of making cuts to Rochdale’s Adult Social Care Services, Rachel decided that there had to be a better way, and began a two year quest to parcel up the Learning Disabilities Service and take it out of local authority control. This process involving winning political support, developing a credible business plan, winning the backing of service users, trades unions and staff led to the birth of Possabilities CIC.
In August 2014 she was invited to 10 Downing St to celebrate the formation of the first 100 Public Sector Mutuals – a journey which took her twenty years and which began when she took a job as a care assistant.
It turned out to be more than just a job, and her passion for supporting and championing vulnerable people saw her take a series of steps which led to her spending eight years as Head of Learning Disability Provider Services at Rochdale MBC, responsible for Shared Lives, day services, supported living, respite and community outreach.
In 2011 Rachel won the North West Care Innovator award, which recognises exceptional entrepreneurial skills in developing, implementing and establishing new services which demonstrate benefits for staff, service users and the business itself.