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Jo-Anne Shellum is the founder of Sociability Care CIC

Sociability Care CIC supports individuals challenged by disability and/or prematurity by providing three core services, training and consultancy, a fortnightly support group for individuals with disabilities and their family members (Looking Forward) and a volunteer led sibling support service (Noah’s Star).

 

Sociability Care are a multi award-winning training provider. As part of their commitment to reduce discrimination of individuals with disabilities they provide training and consultancy support to organisations to improve their awareness of disabilities and to support health and social care providers ensure they are compliant with their regulators.

 

“Jo-Anne possesses all the attributes necessary to deliver excellent training, she is diligent, responsive and observant. We can't thank her enough for her professionalism, flexibility, expertise, and hard work in helping us as an organisation” (Registered Manager)

 

Jo-Anne created Sociability Care based on her own personal experience. In July 2015 her twin boys, Oscar and Noah were born at 25 weeks. Sadly, Noah only lived for 30 hours. Due to his prematurity Oscar has a range of health conditions including cerebral palsy and chronic lung disease. Jo-Anne is determined to use her experiences and passion to help other families in similar circumstances.

“Jo-Anne is a true inspiration. She has found the strength to turn her grief into doing something positive to help others. Thank you so much for your support. I genuinely don't think I would have done this without you" (Parent of a child with disabilities)

Sociability Care’s support group, Looking Forward tackles negative attitudes and discrimination that surrounds disability. They reduce feelings of social isolation, promote independence and develop skills.

Noah’s Star provides support to siblings of babies who have been born prematurely or are experiencing health issues. This enables children to receive emotional support and encourage family bonds during a stressful experience.  The support is provided both on a 1:1 basis and through a group facility using volunteers.

 

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