Kate Young is currently the Director of the All Wales Forum of Parents and Carers, which is the national network for family carers of people with learning disabilities, engaging with over 4,000 families across Wales.
She holds the Chair for Wales Carers Alliance, is the Health and Social Care representative for the Third Sector Partnership Council, sits on the Ministerial Advisory Group for Carers and is a citizen member of the National Partnership Board for Social Services. She also serves on Government policy groups attached to Direct Payments, Regional Partnership Boards, Advocacy, Inspection and most recently the group addressing Isolation and Loneliness. Kate is also the Chair of Vale People First and for five years was the Wales Trustee for the Family Fund UK.
Kate has a sound understanding of the devolved administration in Wales and the cultural, social, economic opportunities and challenges it offers to the sector. She has a strong commitment to the Third sector and the power of community engagement, believing that our unique and diverse nature, when brought together, is a real force for change and innovation.
She is a passionate advocate of rights and personal choice, with a particular interest in learning disability and carers. As a sibling carer to her brother who lives with severe learning disabilities and autism, she has a personal understanding and lived experience of the social model of disability and of the inequality issues within society in Wales.
Kate believes that WCVA as the national membership body for Wales is uniquely placed to empower the sector to deliver a unified voice for positive cultural change in Wales, and has welcomed the opportunity to engage with them in this process.