Supporting people with a learning disability or autism to be company directors or charity trustees.

Inclusion North exists to make inclusion a reality for all people with a learning disability or autism and their families.

They are a Community Interest Company (CIC) working across the North East and Yorkshire.

Inclusion North have received funding from the Big Lottery leaders with Lived Experience fund to increase the number of people with a learning disability or autism who are company directors of charity trustees.

They want to find 6 companies or charities that exist to support people with a learning disability or autism.

Those companies or charities should be thinking about making their governance more inclusive.

This is what they want to achieve and how they will do it:

They want more people with lived experience to be involved in the governance of the organisations that work with them. Governance means the big decisions that are made. These are usually made by the Board of Directors or a Board of Trustees.

To do this they will do 2 things in their project:

  1. Give 12 people with lived experience the skills they need to be a Director of Trustee
  2. Help 6 organisations to make their Board of Directors or Trustees accessible for people with a learning disability or autism.

They will ask companies or charities who are interested in their project to apply to be one of the 6 organisations they work with.

Companies or charities will each need to put forward 2 people with a learning disability or autism who would like to train to be a director or trustee of their company or charity. If they do not know people themselves Inclusion North with help them to recruit people.

The cost for each company of charity is £1,200. This is £600 per person. The cost will cover room hire, travel as well as resources.

If you would like to find out more about the project please contact Karen Parry on 07375 034291 or email karen@inclusionnorth.org