Inspired by Catherine

At Quarriers annual Ladies Lunch, now in its fifth year, we take the opportunity to celebrate women. Our heroes, our colleagues, our families and friends.

The women we support face very difficult circumstances. They may have a disability, or care for a child with complex medical needs. They may be living with epilepsy, or facing homelessness. But no matter what challenges they face, we never cease to be amazed by their determination to achieve their dreams.

Our 2018 Ladies Lunch was another success, raising £13,000 for Quarriers services. And this year, the event featured a very special guest speaker with first-hand experience of the life-changing support that Quarriers provides.

As a teenager, Catherine was made homeless and struggled with addiction, but support from Quarriers helped her to work towards a more positive future.

Catherine is now a parent volunteer and peer mentor with Quarriers Inclusion Team. She is a real asset to the team, bringing lived experience and real insight into issues such as homelessness, addiction and meaningful inclusion.

At the event, Catherine spoke candidly about the challenges she has overcome and the difference that the right support can make. One guest commented “The Ladies Lunch gave me an opportunity to get a real feel for the impact that Quarriers can and does make on lives. Catherine brought this off the page and into reality for me. She was engaging and, I thought, very brave.”

“Catherine was an inspiration. To talk so honestly and be so brave discussing her story was incredibly heart-warming.”

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