Beyond Limits founder
A short biography of Doreen Kelly, Director of Beyond Limits
I started my career as a nurse but soon moved to work in the voluntary sector where I have worked to help people become full and active citizens since 1986. I have been involved in setting up several small, person centred organisations in both England and Scotland to support people to get a life that makes sense for them and where they can be all they can be as opposed to institutional care and support which can often further damage vulnerable people.
I was the Chief Executive of Partners for Inclusion (www.partnersforinclusion.org) which I set up in 2000. Partners for Inclusion provide support that is tailor-made rather than trying to fit people into services that often don’t suit. We set up the organisation because we recognised that services were often mediocre and just good enough, but they did not put the focus on the individual. We wanted to do something different, to provide support that just wasn’t okay, but was first class. I left Partners for Inclusion in April 2015 to move to work at Beyond Limits full time.
I am the Director of Beyond Limits which is based in Devon. We support people who have labels of being extremely challenging and we are piloting this tailored approach using Individual Health Budgets (IHB’s) in the form of an Individual Service Fund (ISF).
An ISF is where the organisation, in this instance Beyond Limits, has the money paid directly to them but the money is ring-fenced for the person who gets support. The person, and where appropriate their family, are fully involved in how this money is spent. The money is used to get the person the life and support that they need or want. Beyond Limits supports people, who due to their perceived behaviour are often placed ‘out of area’ often far away from their homes, communities and families. We support people to come back home, take up their rightful place in their community by offering the tailored support that people need to do this successfully.
Doreen is also a board member of Manavodaya International UK as well as in Control Scotland.
Doreen is a Fellows of the Centre for Welfare Reform and contributes to development and research with other Fellows to increase social justice, promote citizenship, strengthen families and enrich communities.