My name is Freya Stansfield and I’m a new volunteer Project Manager for Where I Want to Live. I am a recent graduate from Cardiff University.
My work with the Charity started after I spoke to Louise, Trustee and Acting CEO, about the exciting work the Charity is doing to improve learning disability support. At that point they were completing the proof-of-concept trial for an innovative online toolkit, which reinforced the need to plug existing gaps in support for young people with learning disabilities and their support networks. I have learnt so much about the challenges facing young people with learning disabilities since joining the Charity. It’s hard to believe that many young people my age don’t have the same opportunities to choose where and how they live. It’s obvious to me from the Charity’s research that this is a problem that most definitely needs a solution. Technology will create this opportunity.
So far, I have worked on several projects attempting to secure funding for the next phase of the Charity’s development, looking for organisations likely to support us and making applications for funding. The next stage will be the rolling out of the online toolkit, empowering young people with learning disabilities to express their preferences for their own future living options. We are also looking for potential patrons. Get in touch if you feel this would be a good fit for you and join us on our journey. We would love to hear from you.
I also recently attended a brilliant networking event with Louise, hosted by the Shropshire Charity Network. It was great to meet lots of new people and to hear their insights into the charity sector. I look forward to attending more events like this. It’s always great to have the opportunity to share our vision and to learn about the amazing work other charities are doing.
I am excited to be a part of Where I Want to Live, the Charity that is taking meaningful steps to futureproof support for all young people. What makes the innovative toolkit special is that it is made specifically for young people with learning disabilities, putting them at the heart of their own futures.
Our work is so important to me because it’s trying to help young people now, people who are my age, but we’re also looking to the future. As a young person, it’s great to be part of a Charity that is thinking long term to address problems that will likely affect my friends and family in the future.