Kate is the Director of the All Wales Forum of Parents and Carers of People with Learning Disabilities (AWF).

Kate Young/Health

The AWF is unique among Learning Disabilities' bodies in Wales in that it is the only organisation that represents nationally, collectively and solely the views of Parents and Carers of people with learning disabilities. It is governed by parents and carers, ensuring its client base has a clear input into the strategic direction and focus of its core work. The organisation currently engages with over 3000 families across a Wales wide network and supports community projects that enable real choice and control for families within their local communities.

Kate is a member of the National Partnership Board for Social Services in Wales, Vice Chair of the Wales Carers Alliance, part of the Learning Disability consortium, a member of the WCVA Alliance of Alliances and a member of the Direct Payments Overview Group. She sits on a number of Welsh Government task and finish groups around the wider Health, Social Care and Well-being policy agenda, including outcomes, advocacy and the new Regulation and Inspection Act.  She was the first to coordinate and host a National Young Carers Festival for Wales, successfully developed and launched Powys Carers Service, now Credu, and is a sibling carer to her brother Matthew.

She is passionate about equality, community engagement and meaningful partnership working and believes in the abilities of individuals to be the change that they want to see.