Hft is one of the few learning disability charities where families and carers of people with a learning disability are actively involved in ensuring the needs of the people we support are kept at the centre of everything we do.
Originally set up by a group of visionary families of children with learning disabilities looking to ensure their children achieved their full potential, Hft operates 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 people with learning disabilities and their families, invite them to our AGM, and ask them to vote in 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 Council of Trustees is responsible for the overall strategic direction and effective management of Hft. 50% of our Trustees are selected by our members and 50% nominated by the Council 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 Hft’s delivery of support and services. Many have an excellent understanding of the issues that affect people with learning disabilities. Some have family members with learning disabilities; others are carers or friends of someone with a learning disability; and some have specific expertise in policy development or specific skills that can help ensure Hft is run effectively.
The implementation of strategy and day-to-day running of Hft is managed by the senior management team, led by Chief Executive Robert Longley-Cook.
Our Trustees and senior management team share a common goal: to ensure that Hft delivers the best support possible and continually looks for new ways to ensure that the people we support have every opportunity to live the best life possible.