Vanessa Lee is a Carer to her husband Kevin and to her youngest son Harry who has Autism and a Diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder. Volunteer at a WORC, Women Only Recovering Creatively. Vanessa has been a keen and committed supporter of services, working with local police and wards to advocate and educate. In 2019 Vanessa won the carer contributor of the Year award from the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The comment from RCPsych was ” The judges noted that Vanessa is an enthusiastic and committed supporter of services and for people living with Autism, having set up a support group in her locality for families. She has produced a training film for Sussex police to provide information when dealing with individuals who have Autistic Spectrum Disorder. In addition, Vanessa has helped with quality improvement to reduce restrictive practices and championed the appointment of a therapy dog to her local psychiatric intensive care ward. Through this dedication and diversity of achievements, Vanessa is a worthy winner in this category.”
She has produced a training film for Sussex police to provide information when dealing with individuals who have Autistic Spectrum Disorder.