Hft is one of the few learning disability charities where families and carers of learning disabled adults are actively involved in ensuring the needs of the people we support are at the centre of everything we do.
We were founded by a group of visionary families who had learning disabled children. They were looking to ensure their children achieved their full potential. We now operate as an individual membership organisation, ensuring we continue to enhance the lives of the people we support in the right ways.
Members are central to the way we operate. We keep all of our members up to date with everything we do to provide effective services to learning disabled adults and their families. We invite our members to our AGM and ask them to vote in the elections of many of our Trustees so they can each play a part in the future of Hft. Our members are also able to become Trustees themselves.
Our Board of Trustees is responsible for our overall strategic direction and effective management. 50% of our Trustees are selected by our members and 50% are nominated by the Board for their expertise in relevant fields.
Our nominated Trustees come from diverse backgrounds and are chosen for the skills and expertise they can bring to our delivery of support and services. Many have an excellent understanding of the issues that affect learning disabled people. Some have family members with learning disabilities. Some are carers or friends of someone with a learning disability. Some have specific expertise in policy development or specific skills that can help ensure we run effectively.
The implementation of our strategy and the day-to-day running of Hft is managed by the Executive Board.
Our Trustees and Executive team share a common goal: to ensure we deliver the best support possible and continually look for new ways to ensure the people we support have every opportunity to live the best life possible.