Pauline Young lrg

Pauline Young has lived for the past 40 years in Wales. She is married with two grown up children. Her son Matthew is a delightful 41 year old with Down's Syndrome, who has complex needs and is also severely autistic. For over 20 years Pauline was a teacher and researcher at theUniversityofGlamorgan, and in 1995 she took early retirement and was immediately invited to manage a respite care and leisure facility run by Action for Children for disabled children in theRhondda. From there she went to manage the Viva! Project, a voluntary organisation providing leisure and training opportunities for over 200 young people with a range of disabilities. 

During latter years, Pauline has worked as a free-lance trainer and consultant, delivering, among other projects, training for staff and families in person centred planning in areas across Wales, and, in partnership with People First organisations across Wales, also delivering Disability Awareness training to public bodies, including housing, and leisure services and the police and criminal justice systems. 

Pauline's involvement with the voluntary sector spans over 30 years. She was, until recently, Chair of Cardiff and Vale Parents' Federation, and is now Patron of the organisation. She currently chairs the All Wales Forum of Parents and Carers of People with a Learning Disability. For six years she was the Wales Assembly nominated trustee of the Family Fund, and she remains a trustee of Mirus, formerly Opportunity Housing Trust.

 She has been a Board member of WCVA for 15 years, currently serving on the Audit and Risk Committee, and chairing the Community Projects Panel. For ten years, she was Chair of the Mental Health Grants Panel, administering grants to voluntary organisations across Wales on behalf of the Wales Assembly Government. She is a member of the Learning Disability Advisory Group which works with Welsh Government to consider issues of policy and practice in learning disability services across Wales, and is currently involved in delivering training across Wales to carers around their new rights and responsibilities under the Wales Social Services and Wellbeing Act 2014.

Pauline's interests lie principally in promoting the rights of, and equal opportunities for vulnerable children and adults inWalesand those who care for them. In January 2010 she was awarded the MBE for services to the disabled in Wales.