The Foundation has created a new Advisory Council to contribute to delivering high quality programmes that deliver meaningful impact to communities in need in the UK and overseas. Advisory Council members will provide the Foundation with additional expertise in the delivery of its objectives, assist in identifying worthy recipients of funding, and champion the projects it is supporting.
The Foundation now welcomes one of the UK’s most successful Paralympians, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE, Shadow Minister for Sport Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP and Saeed Atcha, the youngest Charity CEO ever to have received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service as the first members of the Advisory Council. The new Advisory Council will support the Foundation in its commitment to support those with disabilities and mental health issues, promote skills development in the care sector, and helping local communities.
Gaining her seat in the House of Lords in 2010, Baroness Grey-Thompson became a Crossbench Peer and has since exercised her expertise in matters such as Disability Rights. From 1998 to 2007, Baroness Grey-Thompson amassed a haul of 16 Paralympic medals and, since retiring, has championed a range of charitable organisations, become a board member of the London Legacy Development Corporation and Transport for London, and a non-Exec Director of the BBC.
Commenting on her appointment to the Advisory Council, Baroness Grey-Thompson said:
“I am delighted to be supporting the CareTech Foundation and its partners. The Foundation’s dedication to mental and physical wellbeing within the care sector is admirable and I am honoured to represent it and help expand its opportunities for fundraising. I am proud to bring my expertise to bear with the CareTech Foundation.”
Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP, Shadow Minister for Sport, continues to practice medicine alongside her political career, and travelled to Bangladesh in 2017 working as a humanitarian aid doctor at refugee camps along the Bangladesh/Myanmar border. Impassioned by her experience in Bangladesh, Rosena focuses on both physical and mental health issues, and has mobilised this experience already in support of a key CareTech Foundation partner, the British Asian Trust. In her recent article for the Foundation, Rosena made a passionate appeal for funds to enhance mental health accessibility in Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP said
“I am honoured to have been invited to join the Advisory Council for the CareTech Foundation. As a practising doctor in London, I see the devastating impact of mental ill health first hand. The CareTech Foundation’s establishment opens up exciting opportunities to engage with new partners in order to break down barriers to mental health provision and to reduce stigma, and I look forward to supporting the Foundation in its important work in any way that I can.”
The care sector has been especially important for Saeed Atcha, having spent a significant portion of his childhood within local authority care. At 21-years old, Saeed has worked as a broadcaster since he was 15 and is relentless in his ambition to expand opportunities for young people locally. To achieve this Saeed founded and is now CEO of xPlode magazine, which is Greater Manchester’s leading youth-led charity for 12-22 year olds, producing a quarterly magazine which provides a powerful vehicle for skills development, youth voice and life readiness. Mayor of Manchester, Andy Burnham, recently appointed xPlode magazine as the official media partner of the Greater Manchester Youth Combined Authority to provide a voice for young people in the region. Saeed’s success has seen him invited to attend the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Windsor Council and HRH The Prince of Wales’s 70th Birthday Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.
Saeed Atcha commented:
“Last year, I wrote publicly for the first time about my own mental health issues. I know how lucky I am in so many ways. But, as I wrote in that article, buried beneath the awards, holidays, traveling, meetings, and life looking good, depression and anxiety worry me almost all the time. I’m high functioning and powerful in the day job but in my job of keeping my mental health well, I can feel powerless. Something I rarely share is that I grew up in and out of care and faced many difficulties. I hope that my own experiences can be of benefit to others facing similar challenges and I am therefore delighted to have been invited to join the Advisory Council of the CareTech Foundation, which is playing such an important role in combatting some of the biggest challenges facing society.”
Jonathan Freeman, CEO of the CareTech Foundation, said:
“Baroness Tanni, Rosena and Saeed all have one thing in common; they are passionate about caring for people, whether it be in their local communities, nationally across the UK or in disadvantaged parts of the world. In Parliament, both Baroness Tanni and Rosena have consistently stood up for the disabled and disadvantaged, whilst Saeed has done terrific work in Greater Manchester and nationally in increasing opportunities for young people. The different experiences and skills these appointments bring to the table are priceless to the Foundation and we are very excited to be working with Tanni, Rosena and Saeed.”