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Learning Disability Wales

Annual Report April 2014 – March 2015

Contents Introducing our report


• Chair’s Report


• Director’s report


• Our mission and goals


Influencing and representing




Training and events


Easy Read service




How we work


• Members, trustees and staff


• Summary of financial information


Contact details


Chair’s report

Introducing our report

Co-Chair’s report

Director’s report

Mission and goals

Word cloud

Chair’s report

Outgoing Chair’s report – Adrian Roper

I am very pleased to present this Annual Report to you. I believe that Learning Disability Wales has continued to evolve whilst I have been privileged to act as Chair for a second term. We always seek to identify and undertake projects that assist our members and promote our mission. We seek to achieve lots of positive outcomes from our various activities and ensure that our voice is heard in the debates that will greatly affect children, young people and adults with a learning disability. Chief among these were the planned Additional Learning Needs policy reforms and the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014. As an important marker for how Learning Disability Wales is seeking to lead and also reflect broader social changes, our Management Committee decided that we should move to establishing Co-Chairs, one of whom will customarily be a person with a learning disability. I wish Kevin and Amy well and am sure that they inherit the leadership of an organisation that is in great health.

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New Chair’s report – Kevin Peter Sibbons and Amy Barrett

Co-Chair’s report

We were so pleased to be elected to the new roles of Co-Chair by trustees after the 2014 AGM.

We have looked carefully at how we should work together, what support we need, and how to use our different skills. For example, before each meeting of the Management Committee we go through the agenda together and work out who will introduce each item. At each meeting we remind trustees of our rules for participation, we ensure each agenda item is properly discussed and decisions taken. This is very important, as we do not want the roles of the Co-Chair to be tokenistic. Our first task as Co-Chairs was to ensure that the Management Committee and staff developed good plans for our work as an organisation for the three years from April 2016. Learning Disability Wales does a very important job in improving the lives of children, young people and adults in Wales. We are both very proud to be playing such an important part in this.


Director’s report – Jim Crowe

2014/15 represented a highly creative year for Learning Disability Wales.

We participated in a number of exciting projects that benefited children, young people and/or adults. They ranged from supported living, parents with a learning disability, supported employment to helping people to learn about global development. All of them required collaboration with members and stakeholders and you can find out more about them here in this report It was also an important year in terms of policy development. The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Bill passed into legislation and we sought to ensure that it reflected the interests of our stakeholders through influencing its wording and then taking part in technical groups about its implementation. At a wider European level, I was elected as a Vice President of the European Association of Service Providers for People with Disabilities (EASPD), and took on special responsibilities to influence policy and practice in the field of employment policy and practice. None of this activity would have been possible without the activities, commitment and support of our trustees, staff and most importantly our members and stakeholders. I thank you all for helping making 2014/15 an especially successful year.


Director’s report

We placed an emphasis upon improving communication with our members. We greatly increased our use of social media. We further developed our website and made sure it is fully bilingual. We launched two new digital and bilingual publications, Llais Update and In the Spotlight, and strengthened our Welsh language scheme. We further expanded our Training and Events programme and continued to ensure that it was delivered across Wales.

Our mission and goals

Our mission is to: Create a Wales that values and includes every child, young person and adult with a learning disability

Our goals are to: 1.

Strengthen the voice, rights and status of children and young


Strengthen the voice, rights and status of adults with a learning disability.


Strengthen the ability of parents, carers and families of people

Mission and goals

people with a learning disability.

with a learning disability to make a positive contribution. 4.

Promote a range of person centred services for children and adults with a learning disability.


Ensure that Learning Disability Wales sets a good example in the way that it is run.


Word cloud of this year’s report We made a word cloud from this year’s annual report. Words used more frequently in the annual report appear larger in the word cloud.

Word cloud


Children and young people

Influencing and representing

Social Services Act / Older people

We seek to influence policy, represent the views of our members and promote good practice for children, young people and adults with a learning disability at regional, Wales, UK and European levels.

Welfare reform / ILF European policy

Technology / Employment


Hate crime

Throughout the year we participated in several initiatives to improve the lives of children and young people with a learning disability. We were privileged that Zoe Richards, our Young Person and Carers Manager, served as Chairperson on the Third Sector Additional Needs Alliance (TSANA). As a result of this work, we secured the creation of a Ministerial task group to advise on the Additional Learning Needs (ALN) reform. We then participated in the task group, and responded to the subsequent consultation, 'Legislative proposals for Additional Learning Needs – White paper'. The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act encompasses social care for everybody, from young children through to elderly people. Much previous children’s legislation has been replaced by the provisions of the Act. Therefore we worked to ensure that the Act appropriately supports children, young people and their carers. At the request of Welsh Government we participated in a group overviewing research measuring the impact of policy upon children and young people with autistic spectrum disorder. We consulted with Mudiad Meithrin on how to secure equitable access for children with a learning disability to pre-school provision. We were proud to help young people with a learning disability host an event at the Senedd where they launched a manifesto about the Millennium Development Goals. The manifesto is a result of our work in the TIDE project – for more information see page 34.


Children and young people

Children and young people

Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 This legislation will shape social care for a generation. Social Services Act / Older people

We worked to influence the wording of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Bill before it became law, including making representations for there to be explicit references in the Act to the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). As work commenced on the implementation of the Act we participated in three technical groups to finalise regulations and codes of practice. The groups covered assessment, care planning, and information, assistance and advice.

Older people We attended meetings of the National Partnership Forum for Older People to ensure the needs of older people with a learning disability were considered. These meetings were organised by Welsh Government.


Welfare reform and cuts to local authorities We kept abreast of the changes to benefits and cuts to local authority services. We joined networks, attended meetings and shared information in a regular column in our information service. A sub group with members from our Management Committee helped in directing our lobbying and information work.

To find out about the impact of cuts to local authorities services and benefits changes to people with a learning disability we worked with a masters student from Bangor University. We assisted in the research by finding participants and helping with easy read material.

Independent Living Fund We were very concerned with the UK Government’s closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF). To limit the impact we attended meetings to lobby for the continuation of the ILF in Wales. We took part in Welsh Government consultations on what should happen in Wales following the closure of the ILF, and urged Welsh Government to establish a national fund for Wales.


Welfare reform / ILF

We participated in meetings convened on Personal Independence Payments (PIP) by the Department for Work and Pensions, and their contractor Capita, with an aim to make their processes more accessible.

Personalised technology We sought greater use of personalised technology to assist independence and well-being through participating in meetings of the Wales Learning Improvement Network. The network has representation from all local statutory agencies and Welsh Government. To complement the Care Council for Wales’ ‘Technology to Care’ strategy, we put proposals to Welsh Government to enhance the training of the social care workforce. As a member of the EASPD Interest Group on PCT, we shared issues and good practice with other European countries.

Employment Technology / Employment

The successful ‘What Works in Wales?’ conference that we hosted in collaboration with a number of stakeholders, encouraged us to establish a group of interested parties to campaign and lobby. The group is seeking to improve employment and vocational training opportunities for young people and adults with a learning disability and/or autism.


Dealing with hate crime As an organisations that prides itself on upholding the rights of people with a learning disability we continue to be shocked at frequent reports of hate crime. In response we participate in the Disability Hate Crime Action Group Cymru. The group includes representatives from the Crown Prosecution Service, disability organisations, Welsh Government, equality groups, and all four police services in Wales The group explores issues relating to hate crime and opportunities for collaboration between members. Information is shared through group members’ own networks, and the Facebook group, Disability Hate Crime Network. www.facebook.com/groups/disabilityhate crimenetwork Our Easy Read service produced the Easy Read version of Welsh Government’s plan to tackle hate crime, ‘Tackling Hate Crimes and Incidents: A Framework for Action’. The plan can be found on our website at www.ldw.org.uk/easy-read-service.aspx.

Hate crime


European policy

Our Director Jim Crowe was elected Vice President of the European Association of Service Providers for People with Disabilities (EASPD), a network linking some 10,000 agencies and organisations across Europe. As part of Jim’s responsibilities he became the EASPD representative on the European Commission’s Disability High Level Group, the main point of contact between European networks and the chief officials and branches of the Commission.

Jim also chairs EASPD’s Standing Committee on Employment, leading on all matters of policy and practice about employment and vocational training.

European policy

At these 6 monthly meetings Jim sits alongside other networks such as Mental Health Europe, Inclusion Europe, and the European Network for Inclusive Living, and has been able to challenge the European Commission on its Disability Strategy and all other policies that impact upon disabled people.

EASPD is a non-profit umbrella organisation promoting the views of over 10,000 disability services and their umbrella associations in Europe. There are over 80 million disabled people in Europe. The main objective of EASPD is to promote equal opportunities for disabled people through effective and high-quality service systems. www.easpd.eu


Parents with a learning disability Working with our partners across Wales, England and Scotland we continue to support our networks for parents with a learning disability and those that work with them. We developed a National Expert Group as well running groups in North and South Wales. Together with our partners at the Norah Fry Research Centre all our groups contributed to a national conference “A Fair Say”.

‘A Fair Say’ conference

Person centred planning We continue to promote PCP through supporting networks in North and South Wales, helping people to share good practice, develop skills and methods as well as inspire others.



Llais Update

Our Information Service keeps you up to date with all the important news, policy, resources and debate.



In the Spotlight Website and social media

We do this through a variety of digital and traditional communication channels: website and social media, a quarterly magazine, and digital newsletters.

Llais means ‘Voice’ in Welsh. Now in full colour, Llais continues to be a rich source of important debate and new thinking. This year Llais featured 27 important articles, including: • • • • • • • • •


Addressing Hate Crime, Bullying and Harassment Bringing supported people ‘closer to home’ Issues facing people with a learning disability who want to work The Welsh Response to Winterbourne The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Learning Disability Forum Helping children and young people cope with angry feelings The future of advocacy services in Wales Sight problems Mencap Cymru’s Hidden Now Heard project


Llais magazine

Digital publications

Llais Update - our popular newsletter is now digital and continues to cover the latest news, policy, resources and events, and is now generated direct from our website. In the Spotlight specialises in highlighting the valuable work of Learning Disability Wales and our members.

Llais Update

We launched two new digital publications this year – sending you the latest news about the learning disability sector, and our organisation, direct to your inbox. Llais Update and In the Spolight both link back to stories and news on our website.

In the Spotlight


Website and social media Facebook 598 likes 1,800 average weekly reach Twitter 2,880 followers

Website Over the year 19,037 users visited our website, viewing 75,955 pages and spending an average of two minutes on the site.



Website and social media

This year we added a Welsh website, and started development on an Easy Read section of our website.


Our Training and Events Team run a wide variety of training courses and events for people with a learning disability, staff, carers and family members across Wales.


Training and events

A Fair Say What works in Wales? Ask Your Question

We provide a range of learning experiences that change attitudes, increase good practice and improve lives.

We helped even more people this year learn and develop their skills, training 660 people on 61 training courses across Wales on subjects such as: •

Person Centred Risk


Learning Disability and Dementia

Introduction to Autism

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

Effective Communication

Positive ways of changing behaviour

What you said “This will help me to make sure reviews match the needs of an individual with a learning disability and dementia.” “Found course really interesting and informative and will be putting many of the methods of communication into practice.” “A big eye opener - very worthwhile course.”



Our training programme

Shine! Our annual conference “Shine!” looked at the achievements people make in their lives and how to help people shine! 260 people joined us for two days of drama, film, workshops and

We are proud that most of our speakers and facilitators were



people with a learning disability.

What you said “The young people were very inspiring, their passion for their independence and inclusion was evident.” “Interesting to exchange ideas and find out what other people were doing.” “Very welcoming, inclusive environments – would come again!”


A Fair Say As part of our work with parents with a learning disability we held a one day policy conference. A Fair Say heard directly from parents about problems and successes they have had in having their voices heard. Delegates also came to hear legal experts and advocacy practitioners talk about the rights and realities of parents voices in care proceedings.

A Fair Say

What you said “Fantastic resources and guidance - inspiring!” “I can use the case law as reference in my Parenting Assessments and Parenting Assessment Manual.” “If we get it right for people with learning disabilities we get it right for all.”


What works in Wales? This event examined employment assistance offered, how it is funded and whether it is appropriate and accessible to people with a learning disability or Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Delegates had the opportunity to learn from experts in the field through a mixture of presentations and workshops and discussed the way forward for improving the work prospects of people with a learning disability or Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

“Good mix of speakers. Enjoyed the discussion group

What works in Wales?

What you said element – feels proactive” “Excellent opportunity to raise awareness of employment issues for people with ASD and learning disabilities.”


Ask your Question Ask Your Question was an inclusive event which gave people with a learning disability and autism the opportunity to ask a panel of experts questions about issues that matter to them.

Panel members: Jane Hutt AM Rosaleen Moriarty-Simmonds

Councillor Judith Woodman


Ask Your Question

Joe Powell


People with a learning disability have a right to information they can understand so they can make informed choices and have a say.

The year in Easy Read

Easy Read service

Our Easy Read service makes this possible by producing accessible information for a wide range of clients, including Welsh Government, the public sector, disabled people’s organisations and charities. 27

Our Easy Read service now has 2 part-time accessible information officers. We now have an Easy Read service for 4 days every week. This made it possible for us to do 33 jobs this year for a range of customers. We have worked with: •

Disability Wales

Welsh Government

Natural Resources Wales

Arts Council for Wales

National Assembly for Wales

Public Health Wales

Local health boards

Local authorities


“It was an absolute pleasure working with such an exemplar organisation. I learnt a great deal about Equality and Diversity.” - Karen Hopkins, Corporate Planner, Natural Resources Wales


Easy Read service

The year in Easy Read

Highlights of the year in Easy Read We wrote 3 Easy Read guides for Natural Resources Wales: Our plan for managing natural resources in Wales.

Creating more ways for people to do outdoor activities.

Our plans for treating everyone equally.


The guides help people with a learning disability know how to look after the environment and natural resources in Wales. The environment is where we live. It includes the land, the sea, the air, and everything that lives in and on it. For example: plants, animals and fish. Natural resources are things in the environment we can use. For example: water to drink, food to eat, air to breathe, wind and water to make energy. We worked with the National Assembly for Wales and wrote an Easy Read guide for visitors. The guide is called What to expect when you visit the National Assembly for Wales: A guide for people with autism.


Highlights of the year in Easy Read

The Code tells social care workers in Wales what they need to do to do their jobs. We wrote the Easy Read version of A Guide to Social Media for Disability Wales. This is the first time a guide to social media has been made for people with a learning disability. The guide includes tips on how to use Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Skype. It also tells you how to keep safe when using social media. We worked with EASPD (European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities) to make an Easy Read section on their website. We wrote the easy words and gave advice on the website design and layout. You can find all our Easy Read work at our website: www.EasyReadWales.org.uk



We worked with the Care Council for Wales and wrote the Easy Read version of the Code of Professional Practice for Social Care Workers.



Easy Read Health Wales

My Rights My Voice


Without Borders


Adapting Services



Real Opportunities

Our projects in Wales and Europe demonstrate and share innovative practice and give children, young people and adults with a learning disability new opportunities.

Four meetings of the Learning Disability Advisory Group (LDAG) took place this year. Sub-groups also met throughout the year to look at health inequalities and how to make services better for people with challenging behaviour. Samantha Williams, LDAG Information Officer (hosted by Learning Disability Wales), delivered presentations to student nurses and the All Wales People First National Council on the work of the group.

A brand new website www.ldag.info was launched to highlight our work. We also produced 4 newsletters, gave regular updates on social media and had information stands at a number of events. We have continued to support the work of the Challenging Behaviour Community of Practice through attending meetings and providing updates both online and in LDAG news articles.



Learning Disability Advisory Group (LDAG)

Easy Read Health Wales Accessible health and well-being website

It was developed as part of the Accessible Information Project (with Mencap Cymru) that finished in March 2013. Welsh Government agreed to continue to fund the website so that more Easy Read documents could be added and the site kept up-to-date.

Easy Read Health Wales

Easy Read Health Wales gives people with a learning disability and their families access to Easy Read information about health and well-being.

We have promoted the website to families, carers, professionals and people with a learning disability in a number of ways: 

Going to events

Giving out leaflets and cards

Sending emails

Adding links in newsletters and on other websites

Using Facebook and Twitter.

We have also added new Easy Read documents to the website. www.easyreadhealthwales.org.uk


TIDE Towards Inclusive Developmental Education

April 2013 – March 2016 European project


Over the year we have worked with organisations across Europe to support people with a learning disability to get involved with development education. Development education is about helping people to understand about problems that affect the world. This includes learning about problems that can affect the environment, like recycling and pollution, and problems that affect people, like hunger, illness and education. We delivered a series of workshops on the Millennium Development Goals to young people with learning disabilities in Wales, Hungary, Italy and Finland. The young people came together to write a manifesto about the issues they felt were most important to them, based on what they had learned in the workshops.


TIDE Towards Inclusive Developmental Education

April 2013 – March 2016 European project

In Wales we launched the manifesto at the Senedd, and asked people to sign up to it. We then took it to European Parliament in Brussels, where the young people presented their manifesto to MEPs. The Manifesto is available to view on the TIDE website. We also took what we learned from our experiences through delivering the TIDE project to develop a guide to delivering inclusive and accessible development education. More information and resources are available at www.tideproject.eu


COMBALL Community Based Living and Learning

August 2013 – July 2015 European project

In the COMBALL project, partner organisations from Austria, Finland, Italy, Poland and Wales (Innovate Trust and Menter Fachwen) have been sharing information about how we help people with a learning disability to live an independent life in the community. Visits were made to Jaroslaw, Poland and Helsinki, Finland and North and South Wales. Services were visited and practice shared. A collection of good practice was produced to help plan future inclusive services.



Parents Advocacy Group - Vale People First Funded by Welsh Government through Children and Families Organisational Grants (CFOG) The parent’s group has been meeting regularly and growing in number. We provide advice for each other and offer a great support network. Unfortunately the group has not secured funding in the next round from Welsh Government. The future of the group now faces huge uncertainty.

"I think the parents group is amazing because it has helped me come so far since I have joined, it has made me more confident about taking Lily-May out more”

Parents Advocacy

Amanda, member of Vale People First’s Parents Advocacy Group.

Real Opportunities Regional SEN Transition to Employment Project

August 2013 – July 2014 European Social Fund project

The evaluation report documents the highlights of a project that transformed the lives of over 1300 young people going through transition into their adult lives. We held the project’s final celebration party at Porthcawl Pavilion with over 350 people attending. Young people, families, project staff and supporters spent the day getting involved in sharing their story of how the project supported their transition from education to independence. We launched the evaluation report of the Real Opportunities project at an event held in the Senedd, sponsored by Jeff Cuthbert AM. 40 people attended to hear about the evaluation carried out by the Welsh Centre for Learning Disabilities and the perspective of parents and participants from the Payne family. The project will now take a new form and will join with other funded projects targeted at young people in the next round of European Social Fund. .


Real Opportunities

After 4 successful years the Real Opportunities project came to a close this year with the publication of an evaluation report, and a final conference.

My Rights My Voice Training on the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities

Oct 2011 – Sept 2014 European project

A celebration was held in June to mark the achievements of the trainers with a learning disability and co-trainers. Trainers and co-trainers travelled to Innsbruck, Austria to take part in the final conference. Over 100 delegates came from the partner countries of Austria, Germany, Bulgaria, Hungary and Belgium. Experiences and learning was shared. Meetings were held to explore continuing the training for organisations, students and people with a learning disability.

“I have got a lot out of being part of the project from doing train the trainer to being part of a team going around Wales delivering the training and listening to other people’s stories”

My Rights My Voice

An ‘achievements’ leaflet was produced.

Mark Firkin, Trainer


Without Borders Supported employment

August 2013 – July 2014 European project

The aim of this project was to help introduce supported employment services in Bulgaria. We were asked to help by NASO (the National Alliance for Social Responsibility), an umbrella organisation in Bulgaria, and EASPD. DRIVE, Elite Supported Employment Agency and Greenshoots Catering (Innovate Trust) met with NASO and shared good practice on how supported employment works for people in Wales. We gave an overview on how employment policy has developed in Wales.

Without Borders


Adapting Services Adapting Services for Persons with Disabilities to New Users

August 2012 – July 2014 European project

Adapting Services includes five partners from Austria, France, Hungary, Portugal and Wales. Our associates in Wales are Elite Supported Employment and Cartrefi Cymru. The project aimed to share best practice in adapting services for people with a learning disability with another diagnosis such as mental health. The learning from each country resulted in proposed actions for service providers, health, policy makers and funders, education and training providers and people who use services such as: •

Better training for staff

People with a learning disability to have a voice and be included.

Community based services

Good communication tools.

We attended the final meeting and conference in Brussels.

Adapting Services


We are always striving to be the best employer we can. We continue to improve the representation and diversity of our board of trustees and effectiveness of our governance.

How we work

How we work

Trustees Staff Finance


Running a responsible organisation is crucial to both the people we serve, and the people who fund us. This year we: •

Changed our Management Committee structure and elected Co-Chairs, one of whom has a learning disability.

Continued to develop accessibility of Management Committee papers and participation at meetings.

Improved governance: Developed the Finance Advisory Group to include monitoring and advising on human resources matters.

Continued success of our Easy Read Service resulted in us being able to employ a second Accessible Information Officer to help run our Easy Read Service.

Launched our new Welsh website.

Continued to develop the use of our secure trustee pages for access to Management Committee papers and Trustee Handbook.

Continued to operate efficiently within a decreasing core budget.

How we work

Improving the way we work


Full members


First Choice Housing Association Ltd Flintshire Forum Flintshire Local Voluntary Council Hijinx Theatre Innovate Trust L’arche Brecon Mencap Cymru Mencap Mon Menter Fachwen Mirus-Wales Mudiad Meithrin Newport Mencap Newport People First North Wales Advice and Advocacy Association Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Services Pembrokeshire People First Pennaf Housing Group Person to Person Citizen Advocacy Perthyn Reach (Supported Living) Ltd Real Life Options Cymru Rhondda Cynon Taf People First SCOPE SNAP Cymru Swansea Council for Voluntary Service Swansea People First – Peer Health Advocacy Project Tai Pawb Tan Dance Ltd Tenant Participation Advisory Service (TPAS) Wales The Friendly Trust The Viva Project Torfaen People First Touch Trust Ltd Trinity Care and Support Tyddyn Mon Co Ltd United Welsh Housing Association Vale Centre for Voluntary Services Vale People First Vision 21 Voluntary Action Merthyr Tydfil Walsingham Wales Young Voices for Choices Youth Forum Your Voice Advocacy Project


A Voice for You Abertillery & District Mencap Gateway Club Advocacy Matters (Wales) Age Cymru All Wales Forum of Parents and Carers All Wales People First All Wales Special Interest Group - Special Oral Health Care All Youth Matters Anheddau Cyf Antur Waunfawr ARC Cymru Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham Ategi Brecknockshire Citizen Advocacy Bridgend Association of Voluntary Organisations Bridgend County Forum of Parents/Carers of Persons with a Learning Difficulty Bridgend People First Cae Post Ltd Caerphilly Borough Parents and Carers Forum Caerphilly People First Cardiff and the Vale Parents Federation Cardiff People First Cardiff Third Sector Council (C3SC) Carers Trust Carmarthenshire People First Cartrefi Cymru Ceredigion People First Children in Wales Coleg Elidyr Compass Community Care Ltd Contact a Family Cymru Conwy Connect for Learning Disabilities Co-options Ltd Cwmni Seren Ffestiniog Cyf Cymryd Rhan Denbighshire Voluntary Services Council Dewis Centre for Independent Living Dimensions Disability Arts Cymru Disability Wales/Anabledd Cymru Down's Syndrome Association DRIVE Ltd Elite Supported Employment Agency Every Link Counts

Individual members Roger Edwards Rosie Green Sarah Griffiths Enid Jones Jill Lewis Tracey Lloyd Cyril Luke Marie Macey Christine Mackay

Pamela Marsden Hannah Morgan Mona Morris Susie Nash Angela Rees Teresa Roberts Jenny Thomas Martin Weale John Young

Statutory members Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (Learning Disability Services) Bridgend College Caerphilly County Borough Council Canolfan Padarn Cardiff County Council: Social Care and Health Care Council for Wales Derwen College Equality and Human Rights Commission Flintshire County Council: Community Services Directorate (Adult Learning Disability Service) Gwynedd County Council Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council (Training and Development) Monmouthshire County Council National Star College Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council (Social Services, Health & Housing) NHS Centre for Equality and Human Rights Pembrokeshire Archives Powys County Council Vale of Glamorgan Council Welsh Centre for Learning Disabilities Wrexham County Borough Council Ysgol Tir Morfa

Commercial members Advocacy Services Wales Beyond Transition Ltd Connective Touch Evolve Wales Julie Burton Law Mental Health Care (UK) Ltd The Regard Partnership Tomms Care Ltd Values in Care Ltd


Christopher Arnall Rosemary Burslem Ginny Burton Julia Champion Eileen Clarke Ioan Davies Ken Davies Susan Davies Dr Caroline Eayrs Patricia Edwards

Outside Wales members MacIntyre Thera Trust


Trustees Community of Interest

Full Member representatives

Term of Office

Adult Providers

Adrian Roper (Chair to Jan 2015) representing Community Living Network

20/11/13 to AGM 2015

2 seats

Steve Cox (Treasurer) - representing Community Living Network

Self Advocacy 2 seats

Adam Hughes - representing Vale People First

25/11/14 to AGM 2016

20/11/13 to AGM 2015

Vacant Parents & Carers

Kevin Sibbons (Co-Chair from Jan 2015)

2 seats

Jacqui Caldwell

Children’s Providers

Sian Owen - representing Mudiad Methrin

25/11/14 to AGM 2016 23/1/15 to AGM 2015 25/11/14 to AGM 2016

Independent/Citizen Advocacy 1 seat Supported Employment 1 seat

Family Support Providers


Kathy Rivett - representing Wales Association of Supported Employment Agencies

20/11/13 to AGM 2015

Phillip Harding - representing Cardiff & Vale Parents Federation

25/11/14 to AGM 2016

David Sibbons - representing Coleg Elidyr

25/11/14 to AGM 2016

Amy Barrett (Co-Chair from Jan 2015)

25/11/14 to AGM 2016

Phil Madden (Vice Chair from Jan 2015)

25/11/14 to AGM 2016

James Hughes

25/11/14 to AGM 2016

Dee Kendall-Williams

20/11/13 to AGM 2015

Alan Sutherns

25/11/14 to AGM 2016

Jonathan Day

12/12/13 to 11/12/2015

1 seat UK Links 1 seat 5 Open Seats for Interested individuals and members Interested individuals/members

Advisor (Advisors are not Trustees)



1 seat


Staff 47

Where our money came from



Core grant






Training & Events



Consultancy, networks and hosted services



Membership and publications










Bank interest Total



Where our money is spent

2014 Staff


£418,010 £403,541 £60,893


Courses and conferences



Looking after our building



Project events



Running the office



Freelance costs









Irrecoverable VAT



Audit fees






Trustees meetings




£710,018 £697,512


Grants to TIDE partners

Contact us

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