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.