Presentation to the AWPF National Council by Sam Williams

After a long but uneventful train journey from Newport, I arrived in Prestatyn just before 7pm on Tuesday 3 February 2015. Thankfully, I had no problem finding a taxi to take me the short distance to The Beaches Hotel where I would be spending the night. I checked in, found my room, dumped my stuff and raced down to the dining room to join the All Wales People First National Council for my evening meal. I was a bit late but Yvonne had asked the staff to keep my starter warm and I soon caught up! The food was lovely and it was really nice to chat to some of the representatives from People First groups across Wales including some I already knew quite well like Joe Powell, Lucy, Hannah and Darren as well as others I'd never met before. After dinner we carried on our conversations in the bar area but I was tired after a long day so didn't stay long as I wanted to make sure I was ready for my presentation the next morning.

It wasn't until I got up the next day and opened the curtains that I made the pleasant discovery that my room had a seaview. It was a beautiful cold, crisp, sunny day and I decided that instead of getting a taxi back to the train station later on, I would walk along the seafront and make the most of the sunshine.

I joined the others for a full cooked breakfast then went back to my room to pack my bags and check out. I then spent some time finalising my presentation on the work of LDAG, the Easy Read Health Wales website and recent changes to the Cabinet within Welsh Government. The presentation went well and I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to talk to the National Council about the Learning Disability Advisory Group, what it does, how people can get involved and a bit about my role as Information Officer. It was also really great to have the chance to congratulate the new Chair and Vice Chair of the National Council - well done Lucy Hinksman and Janice Partridge!

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