Professor Joy Carter DL, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Winchester, has been appointed as Patron to the Minstead Trust - a local charity that supports people with learning disabilities and autism to lead more independent and meaningful lives.
Professor Carter has been Vice-Chancellor of the University since 2006. As well as holding a number of roles at national level in university and vocational-related boards, she is very engaged in faith-based, values-led education at all levels and the Church. She is also a member of the Prime Minister's Social Mobility Advisory Group.
In 2013, Professor Carter became a representative of the Lord Lieutenant and is now a Deputy Lieutenant for the county of Hampshire.
She is passionate about all aspects of equality and has a particular interest in widening participation in higher education. Her role as Patron of Minstead Trust
brings together her personal faith and her interest in social mobility and equality and the development of vocational skills.
Commenting on her appointment, Professor Carter said: "In my new role as Patron, I am looking forward to supporting the Minstead Trust in its excellent work helping people with learning disabilities and autism to live more independently and meaningfully. We need to value all members of our society and the work of the Trust in making a real difference to people's lives is one that has my utmost support."
Chair of Trustees, Richard Woolgar said: "We are very pleased that Professor Carter has agreed to become a Patron of the Trust and help us raise the profile of our work across the region."
Over the past year, the Minstead Trust has supported nearly 200 people with learning disabilities in Hampshire, Wiltshire and Portsmouth through a range of activities including day opportunities, friendship groups, holiday respite care, communication workshops and supporting people in their own homes.
is the newly merged charity encompassing Minstead Training Trust and Furzey Gardens Charitable Trust. The charity has recently opened a new Day Opportunities service in Portsmouth alongside providing Day Opportunities in the New Forest and outreach activities in Eastleigh and surrounding areas.
The charity's vision is that people with learning disabilities can lead more independent and meaningful lives and it achieves this through providing training opportunities in social enterprises as well as supporting people with health and well-being, and supporting people to live more independently.
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