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Julie Colley

Deputy Chief Executive Officer

When I started my career over twenty-five years ago I aimed high, but had no idea I’d end up Deputy CEO of one of the most inspiring charities in the country.

I started out in homeless services, from which I moved into learning disability support, managing care homes and supported living arrangements for people with mental health needs and older adults. I moved into workforce development and soon after joined The Avalon Group. I have since created an award winning L&D department who are the backbone of Avalon’s commitment to quality standards in our workforce; organically bringing me into the areas of Marketing and Inclusion, and returned to Operations whilst retaining HR focus – I’ve thrown my hat in for a turn at everything!

I have a real passion for learning and personal development. I hold a Diploma in Learning Disabilities as well as qualifications in Voluntary Sector Management and Adult Education, with a Masters in Human Resource Management.

What I’ve always loved is that the size of our organisation means we are big enough to have a wide reaching impact, but still intimate enough that we know each and every one of our customers’ stories and how Avalon has had a positive impact on their lives. We say that we are a family here at Avalon and that’s what it truly feels like. It’s no fluke that we’ve become this, it’s through a commitment to inclusion and putting people at the centre of what we do. Everyone has a voice and everyone contributes.

I look back now over my personal achievements, and those of my teams, and I am reminded of just how far we’ve come over the years. We’ve been finalists and winners in numerous national awards, we are fortunate to receive consistent wonderful feedback from customers and their families, and I am particularly proud of Avalink; our strategic customer committee which I setup over 8 years ago and to this day is a voice for positive change, through which the people we support drive the future of the organisation.

Outside of Avalon I have found that many of my work attributes are things I apply at home. I love researching family history and I have a keen interest in learning languages. My favourite thing though, is visiting the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, and on weekends and holidays I’ll more than likely be found on a long relaxing walk over a beautiful vista.

Julie Colley
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Shared Lives

Shared Lives is a pioneering alternative to traditional methods of care. Under the scheme, fully trained carers open their homes to allow people to live with them either on a short or long-term basis.

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