Janine Tregelles, Chief Executive of Revitalise, a charity which provides respite holidays for disabled people and their carers, has been awarded a CBE in the New Year Honours list for her services to learning disability.

Janine has been supporting disabled people and their families for more than 30 years, beginning her career at New Era Housing Association, developing community-based housing for people with a learning disability.

In 1996, Janine moved to Mencap where she set up Golden Lane Housing, a social housing provider, before being appointed Director of Personal Support, and then CEO in 2013.

After more than 20 years at Mencap, Janine left to start up her own charity, Access Social Care, which provides free legal advice and information to people with social care needs.

Janine then became the Chief Executive of Revitalise in 2020, the UK’s largest specialist provider of respite holidays for disabled people and their carers in the UK.

“It has been a privilege to work alongside people with a learning disability and their families”

She said: “I am proud and delighted to accept this recognition for the contribution that I and so many colleagues have made to the social care sector over the years. It has been a privilege to work alongside people with a learning disability and their families.

“Not only have I been touched and inspired by each of their personal stories, but the advocacy, dedication and ambition they have shown to fight for change in the sector has been instrumental in changing the lives of thousands of disabled people and their loved ones for the better.”

George Blunden, Chair of Revitalise said the Revitalise team are “absolutely thrilled” that Janine received the award. He added: “Whilst we recognise that it has been awarded principally for her work at Royal Mencap Society, we are extremely fortunate that that same passion, skill, and dedication is now being reflected in her dynamic work at Revitalise, where she continues her tireless support of disabled people and their families”.

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Janine Tregelles

Janine Tregelles
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