James Wins a Human Rights Award

We were thrilled to learn that James Harris has won the Shared Lives Plus human rights award for free expression. Each year it is given to a person supported by a Shared Lives carer for speaking their mind, growing in confidence, and living the life they choose.

James came to the Esk Valley three years ago and quickly became an ambassador for the community. He can be relied upon to offer his tour guide services to visiting dignitaries, and they always leave impressed. It was on one of these excursions when James met Bev Wilson, the Operations Director of our social care partner, Avalon, who nominated him for the award.

Bev explained why she put him forward for the national prize. “I have been so impressed with how James took control of his life and spoke out about what he wanted. He has achieved so much, he followed his heart and his interests and now has such a fulfilling life. I am in awe of how James has grown in confidence and his ability to welcome people and succinctly explain what the community does on his tours. James is an inspiration”

For James, community life goes on.“I’ve put the trophy in my room and I’m very happy with it. Everyone in the house is very happy with me. I like it here, I like gardening and I like baking and I like showing people around.”

Well done James!