Challenging Behaviour Foundation CEO awarded OBE in Queen's honours list

 sldVivien Cooper started the Challenging Behaviour Foundation (CBF) from her garage with a borrowed photocopier and some dedicated friends. They felt passionately about reaching families to raise awareness and improving the quality of life for people with severe learning disabilities and behaviour that challenges.

This year the CBF is celebrating 15 years and Dame Philippa Russell and Professor David Allen explain the impact of Vivien’s work:

'Viv’s work,setting up and developing the role and credibility of the CBF, has been an inspiration to all of us. Not only has she progressed recognition of the importance of supporting and valuing family carers, she has consistently acted as advocate for the children, young people and adults whose challenging behaviour has frequently isolated them from mainstream services. She has truly changed expectations and attitudes across Government as well as in local communities. Families matter and Viv has always been a fantastic champion for those families whose lives are indeed challenging but who believe in the ability of everybody ,whatever their complexity of needs, to lead a fulfilling life.’

Dame Philippa Russell

‘Keeping the needs of people with intellectual disabilities and challenging behaviour on the political and service agenda is a constant struggle. The world therefore needs people like Viv. Her tireless work in establishing the CBF and developing the National Strategy Group has helped to do just that. She has established a community of parents, carers, professionals and policy makers that is playing a crucial role in improving the support that we provide to some of our most vulnerable citizens. Long may it continue. The OBE is a worthy and deserved acknowledgement of all her hard work’.

Professor David Allen

Vivien’s dedication and inspiration has been recognised with an OBE in the Queen’s honours list for services to people with severe learning disabilities and their families.

Congratulations Viv!

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