Jenny Gilliatt is a Shared Lives Plus ambassador and a panel member for Southend Shared Lives – a role she has been in for eight years. She is also the Shields parliament manager for the Southend-on-Sea area. Shields supports, informs and advocates for people living with learning disabilities. She attends meetings where decisions are made that affect adults living with a learning disability, to speak up for people whose voices are not often heard. Jenny is a passionate advocate and has been in this role for 11 years.
Jenny currently lives with her Shared Lives carer family and is very happy with the arrangement. She enjoys respite with another Shared Lives family, who share her passion for arts and crafts. She is looking forward to completing her studies so that she can extend her advocacy work on behalf of local people.