Cathy Stancer

Director, Equalities and Rights

About Cathy…

What attracted you to working at Lankelly Chase? I’ve spent most of my career working with women facing multiple disadvantage, at Women in Prison and WISH (Women in Secure Hospitals). Like everyone who has worked in these settings, especially with women, I almost got used to hearing about extreme and repeated abuse and systems failures. It was normal for workers to have to battle to help women to access services – and this was way before austerity. That was just how things were and it was hard to see that they could be different.  At Lankelly Chase it is exciting to be part of something that makes sense of these experiences and is so optimistic and ambitious.

Ask me about…how we build a quantitative and qualitative picture of the lives of people facing severe and multiple disadvantage; how severe and multiple disadvantage is experienced by different groups of people and the intersections with (and between) gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation; rights-based approaches and the use of the law as a tool for change; our work with AGENDA, the new alliance for women and girls at risk and our programme of work around ethnic inequality in mental health.

Content by Cathy Stancer

  • Blog Post

    The Synergi Collaborative Centre It felt like quite a moment last week to be announcing the establishment of the Synergi Collaborative Centre and our partnership with Queen Mary, University of London, University of Manchester and Words of...

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  • Blog Post

    Reflections on ‘Understanding the whole person: Part One’

    Cathy Stancer, Director of Equalities and Rights, puts forward four reflections (or questions) inspired by the Revolving Doors/Lankelly Chase literature review What are the common concepts for recovery and desistance across the fields of mental...

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  • Publication

    Understanding the whole person: Part One

    People recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, mental illness and leaving behind a life of crime all share a need for a positive self-image as a key step in their recovery, according to a new report.  The report, which examines existing...

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