Evan Davies has five children, the middle one of whom, Gwenllian, has learning disabilities. Gwenllian attended Coleg Elidyr for several years before moving on to another Camphill community for young people. She now lives very full and happy life in the Camphill community at The Lantern, Ringwood. Evan lives in Penarth and is involved with several learning disability organisations including Cardiff and Vale Federation.
Jeff Fifer lives with his wife Hilary in Cardiff and has 3 children the middle of whom is Edward who has Down’s Syndrome.Ed is 32 years of age and lives at home. He has a very full programme of activities every week including gardening at Vision 21 in Fairwater and Amelia Farm in Bonvilston, swimming and dancing, and cyclingwith Pedal Power in Pontcanna. Ed therefore leads a very happy and fulfilled life with the help of his visiting support workers. Jeff is a retired solicitor.
Tricia Bochenski, married to Tony with three children. Their two younger children are identical twin boys and the elder of these, Richard, was brain damaged by viral encephalitis at the age of three months. In 1984 she heard about the All Wales Strategy for services to people with learning disabilities and decided that Wales was the place to be! Lives in Mold and has been involved with the various agencies involved with people with a learning disability and many parent support groups. Tricia chaired first the Clwyd Forum and later the Flintshire Forum for parents and carers. She was the first parent to Chair a county Joint Secretariat in Wales. Currently represent parents and carers on the Flintshire Advisory Group for LD services. Her son Richard now lives with two other gentlemen in supported accommodation and Tricia is Chair of Trustees of the charitable company providing the support package.
Norbert is a founding member of the All Wales Forum and was chair for 10 years. Married to Rhona for over 50 years and with 5 children including Elizabeth ‘Lizzy’, who has Cerebral Palsy and learning disability. Lizzy has been living in the community for nearly 5 years where she is very happy. We now have a large extended family of which we are very proud.
He is also Trustee of the Cardiff & Vale Parents Federation, Ategi domiciliary care company and The Friendly Trust, each of which he helped to establish and chair. He is also chair of Cardiff Mencap Society and co-ordinator of Cardiff group of Faith & Light – a Christian organisation for people like his daughter, families and friends.
Pauline Young is married with two grown up children. Her son Matthew is a delightful 37 year old with Down’s Syndrome who is also severely autistic.
Pauline’s involvement with the Voluntary Sector spans over 30 years. She is Chair of the All Wales Forum and was Chair of Cardiff and Vale Parents’ Federation. She is a Trustee of Mirus Housing Trust and from 2004 – 2010 she was the Wales Trustee of the Family Fund.
In 1995 Pauline was invited to manage a respite care and leisure facility run by Action for Children for disabled children in the Rhondda. She went on to manage the Viva! Project, a voluntary organisation providing leisure and training opportunities for over 200 young people with a range of disabilities.
Pauline has been a Board member of WCVA since 2002.
In 2010 Pauline was awarded the MBE for services to the disabled in Wales.
Kate is the Director of the All Wales Forum of Parents and Carers of People with Learning Disabilities. She is the lead for the All Wales Forum and represents us on many key committees, agendas and programmes throughout Wales. Prior to becoming the Director in 2010 Kate was also The AWF’s regional representative in Powys.
Josh is the Project and Partnerships Manager at All Wales Forum and leads on the project work undertaken by the All Wales Forum. Before joining the Forum in 2020, Josh had a background of managing sport for social good projects in South Wales.
Anne-Marie is the Operations & Finance Co-Ordinator, of the All Wales Forum of Parents and Carers of People with Learning Disabilities. based at the headquarters in Taffs Well; ensuring the smooth running of the office. Her role covers supporting the Trustees, Director, all other members of staff as well as liaising with other organisations & funders. Anne-Marie has previously worked for the AWF & has a background in High Street retail banking, community development & employment services; including specialist employment services for those with disabilities. Anne-Marie has formal qualifications in Business Management, Computerised Accounting Systems & is a qualified PRINCE2® Project Manager.
Grace is the Engagement & Events Project Officer, her favourite part of this job is working with amazing people (professionals and carers) that continue to inspire her every day. When she is not working with the Forum, she best loves to spend her time is hanging out with her little Nieces and Nephew, exploring their magical imaginary worlds!
Gwen is the Networks and Communication Officer, they will be connecting with carers across Wales and developing our community networks part of the Caring Communities of Change project. Coming from a background of arts, their favourite part of the job is having creative conversation with carers and seeing the conversations develop into action. Outside of work, most of Gwen’s undivided attention is spent on Chiquita, a.k.a. Chica, the dog.