Inaugural Board Meeting at New Welsh Headquarters

The Board of Trustees of Where I Want to Live recently convened for the first meeting at our newly established Welsh base, The Foundry in Wrexham. After exploring a number of options for locating our Welsh Headquarters, Where I Want to Live chose The Foundry, due to its flexible co-working spaces, meeting facilities, and robust internet access, along with Wrexham’s easy access from all parts of the UK, and the fact that Wales’s newest city is gaining recognition both nationally and internationally, so is a recognisable address for all charity stakeholders. 

Founder and Chair of Where I Want to Live, Roberto Morelli, said, “We’re proud to have launched the Welsh trial of our digital toolkit, which is fully accessible in Welsh or English, and we’re currently running a pilot scheme in Conwy and Pembrokeshire. This signifies a pivotal step towards realising our mission to empower young adults with learning disabilities to express their wishes about how and where they want to live.”

Roberto continues, “With our Welsh headquarters now established, we are primed to drive positive change and empower individuals with learning disabilities across Wales. As a parent of a daughter with a learning disability myself, I can’t stress how valuable this is to the young person, their family and their carers. Along with enabling young people to have a voice and express their opinions on their future, the anonymised data from the online toolkit will ultimately inform local and national government on future housing needs. We are hoping that uptake of the pilot scheme in Conwy and Pembrokeshire will pave the way for our toolkit, which is free to use, and can be used over time to build up a picture of a young person’s aspirations, to be rolled out throughout the whole of Wales, and to the wider UK.”

The meeting, which made full use of The Foundry’s teleconference facilities, enabled both physical and virtual attendance by trustees. In-person attendees Roberto Morelli, Louise Keevil and Neil Bevan were joined by virtual participants Ali Toutounchi, Ian Burman, and Graeme Card. 

The Board were welcomed to The Foundry for their first meeting by David Gray, its director, along with Lady, David’s dog, who ensured that the board received a heartfelt ‘Croeso’ to their new Welsh base.

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