Dedicated SEND worker bestowed MBE in King's Birthday Honours - The Solihull Observer

Dedicated SEND worker bestowed MBE in King's Birthday Honours

Solihull Editorial 17th Jun, 2024   0

A SOLIHULL woman who has dedicated her career to helping children and their families has been named in the King’s Birthday honours.

Bal Dhanoa, the founder and chief executive of Progress Care Solutions, has been awarded an MBE for services to children with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their families.

Over the past four decades Bal’s career has been marked by pioneering advancements in care for disabled children and young people.

She championed respite care, providing much-needed breaks for families while offering enriching experiences for children.

Her work with Birmingham City Council’s Shared Care Programme gained national recognition, shaping government initiatives for disabled children.

Progress was founded in 2000 building on Bal’s passion for doing things differently, and has since grown into a leading and trusted provider of care for children and adults in the Midlands through a wide range of services, including residential homes, fostering services, and community-based support.

“I am deeply humbled and honoured to receive this MBE in the King’s Birthday Honours,” said Bal. “This recognition is not just for me, but for the entire Progress team, my family, and the strong women who have inspired me throughout my life.”

Bal’s commitment to social care extends beyond her professional work. She is a dedicated supporter of various charities, including initiatives to improve the lives of looked-after children.

Her charitable works include supporting various charities through out the years, and sponsoring young vulnerable girls to achieve Education so they are able to work and support their families and communities in India and Africa.

Claire Rogers, managing director at Progress, said: “The recognition is for her services to children with special educational needs and their families. Bal has dedicated her life to making a difference, and enabling disabled people to lead fulfilling lives.”


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