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.
Non Jenkins represents Ceredigion parents and carers on the board of AWF. As the mother of a young man with severe learning disabilities she is a long-standing member of the Ceredigion Carers Forum. Her son is now in residential care, but Non is still very much involved in his care. Non is also a trustee of DASH Ceredigion, a charity that provides play schemes and leisure activities for children and young people with disabilities in the county, and is one of those with responsibility for DASH Away Weekends, a very successful respite care scheme. She was also for many years the county’s branch officer of the National Autistic Society.
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.
Robert is the Operations-Manager at All Wales Forum of Parents and Carers of People with Learning Disabilities. Based in Cardiff Robert ensures the smooth running of the AWF. He supports the Trustees, Director and members as well as liaising with funders, Welsh Government and other groups and organisations that we work with.
Bryan is employed by the All Wales Forum of Parents and Carers of People with Learning Disabilities as their Ceredigion Development Worker and represents the Ceredigion Parents and Carers Forum at events, meetings and consultations across the county. In addition Bryan also produces the bi-monthly AWF ‘Ceredigion Update’ Newsletter and organises the Forum meetings.
Lynne is employed by the All Wales Forum of Parents and Carers of People with Learning Disabilities as their Powys Regional Development Worker. Based in Welshpool she leads and liaises with Parent and Carer Groups throughout the county and including Welshpool, Newtown, Brecon and Llandrindod-Wells. Lynne hosts regular meetings in these areas. Lynne regularly engages with the Local Authority and other groups and organisations that represent carers and learning disabilities.
Sophie joins us as the Project Coordinator for our Family Foundations project. She’ll be working across Wales alongside younger families, helping to identify and develop positive family led community based solutions to both enable opportunities and remove barriers.
Grace joins us as the Project Coordinator for our Ageing Well project. She’ll be working across Wales alongside our older families, helping to identify and develop positive family led community based solutions to both enable opportunities and remove barriers.