About Us

HERE TO SUPPORT YOU

Why We Do, What We Do.

Our role is to support , not only the person with the learning disability, but also their family and friends who will all take on an altered set of responsibilities.

We work with each person, and with those who know them best, in order to identify where they wish to live, who with and what sort of support they require from staff.

We aim to build services around individuals which are flexible, responsive, and capable of of altering over time as peoples lives change

As a person and family led organisation, we respect the steps towards independence taken by each person who wishes to move into their own home, we also respect and support their continuing relationship with their family.

OUR HISTORY

How It All Started

WILL started as a company in 1999, after a group of parents whose children all had learning disabilities began meeting, with support and encouragement from Irene Kennedy, the former headteacher of Foxfield Special School.

This group shared a common concern: what did the future hold for their sons and daughters, once they left school and became adults? What were the chances of getting the support they needed to live “ordinary lives”, in ways that would enable them to live as independently as possible within their local community? And how could we make sure that they were treated and valued as individuals, rather than having to be part of traditional residential and day services which catered for groups of people with disabilities?

Our thinking was shaped by the ideas and experiences of other groups and organisations in the North West who were seeking better services for people with disabilities. We found that these groups saw the need for true Person Centred Planning when trying to understand what is most important for each individual, in order to develop the right kind of support. They also helped us to see that people with disabilities can be tenants in ordinary housing and do not have to live in residential or “special” accommodation to meet their needs.
In the year 2000, WILL was successful in its bid for initial Lottery funding, so that we could appoint a Development Worker and set up a small office. Then in May 2001, WILL started supporting its first person – an “outreach” service for a few hours a week, funded by Independent Living Fund monies. Five years later, two people were supported by WILL to move into their own home. Since then, more adults with learning disabilities have been able to fund their own support by Direct Payments or Personal Budgets, so that WILL now provides services to … people, either in supported tenancies or outreach support from their family homes.

WHO WE ARE

Meet The Team

Dave Large
Dave LargeCEO
Hi I’m Dave Chief Executive of WILL, I have been at the company since 2004.

Dave.will@btconnect.com

It’s a challenging role that I enjoy very much, I started working with people with learning disabilities over twenty years ago.

Over that time, it has been a pleasure to see how people’s lives have improved, some people moving from group homes into their own houses. Others making the big step from living with parents or family members to moving into their own supported living houses.

I have been a Liverpool supporter all my life and can remember the days on the Kop in Bill Shankly’s time. I have three daughters and in my spare time I enjoy nothing better than getting out of breath running after our Grandchildren.

Daune Phulbas
Daune PhulbasOperations Manager
Hello and a very warm welcome to all that may come across our company’s website.

Daunep.will@btconnect.com

Hello and a very warm welcome to all that may come across our company’s website. 

I joined W.I.L.L in 2012 new to the care sector and looking for a new challenge one that would be rewarding. 

Since joining W.I.L.L, I have held several roles from being a Support Worker to being a part of the Middle Management Team. These roles I have enjoyed as it enabled me to gain more insight into the Health and Social Care sector. 

At present I am the Operations Manager for the company, a role I take with much pride and passion, I am here not only to serve the company’s needs but also the people in which the service was founded for.

WHO ARE WE

Meet The Board of Trustees

Kemal Houghton
Kemal HoughtonChair
I Joined the Board of Trustees in 2009 after taking early retirement from Wirral Social Services.
I have spent most of my time working with people with learning disabilities in one way or another. During a period of over 30 years I have been a care assistant, a day centre officer and a residential manager.   In 2001 I became a Supported Living Officer and helped to set up numerous Supported Living Schemes including many of W.I.L.L.’s early developments. Doing this work gave me knowledge of housing issues, funding and benefits. In my final years with Wirral I became a social worker in what was then the Learning Disability Team based at Ashton House. There I became familiar with all social work tasks including community care assessments, safeguarding and commissioning services.

Apart from chairing the Trustees’ Meetings, I can be found at W.I.L.L.’s social events with my ancient disco equipment, exercising my skills as a bingo caller!

When I’m not doing things with W.I.L.L., I spend much of my time writing and performing poetry. I am Chair of the Chester Poets, a presenter at First Thursday (Heswall) and on the internet station Vintage Radio. I have been involved with Wirral’s Festival of Firsts for a number of years and have run workshops for the festival and in schools and local libraries.  I think I may also be a little obsessive about walking…

John Engwall
John EngwallVice Chair
I am the Vice Chair of WILL and have been involved as a parent and a Trustee since 2001.

From 2005 to 2014, I was Chair of WILL. I was first drawn to WILL because of the vision and enthusiasm of those parents who founded the charity and their commitment to the principles of Person Centred Planning and their belief in Supported Living. I have previously been a social worker, staff training officer and a Health Commissioner for adults with learning disabilities in Liverpool, until my retirement in 2015. I enjoy music, gardening, walking, spending time with our young grand-daughter…and even shopping!

Cathy Hood
Cathy HoodChartered Accountant
I volunteered to become a Trustee with WILL in 2008 when they were looking for a Treasurer.

My role covers all things finance related such as monitoring financial performance, preparing year end accounts and budgets, and supporting Committee decisions with financial information where applicable.

Heather Solomon
Heather SolomonTrustee
My name is Heather Solomon, I am 59 years old. My daughter has been supported by WILL for 10 years.

I started my career as a sales assistant in Marks and Spencer, I was then a PA for some 20 years, ending up developing property with my husband. Now a widow, I do voluntary work at Claire House Children’s Hospice, and St John’s Adult Hospice. My hobbies are dancing, travelling and just spending time with friends and family.

Julie Caldicott
Julie CaldicottTrustee
Hello my name is Julie Caldicott. I have been a Trustee at WILL for five years.

The reason I became a Trustee is simply, first and foremost, I am a mother to my wonderful son Lee. Lee has a learning disability; five years ago I chose WILL to take care of him. My role as Trustee allows me to input from a mother’s perspective. I want to make sure that Lee and other young adults cared for receive the best care and the highest quality of life. I love getting involved at charity events, meeting up with people and parents – it’s like one happy family.

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