After leaving Cheadle Hulme School in 2002, Cat went on to study Psychology at the University of Edinburgh and has worked with children and young adults with learning disabilities and complex needs for many years. In 2009, Cat co-founded Small Steps Foundation, a UK charity who support, educate and promote the inclusion of young children with learning disability in Uganda. She has been living in Uganda since February 2010 managing the organisation.
The charity operates primarily in the village of Buwenda where they run a special needs class in a locally run nursery school and an outreach service for children who are unable to attend. At the Small Steps nursery class, children with difficulties including Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy and autism amongst others learn to feel valued and are accepted by their peers. They are given the opportunity to learn, which has previously been denied to them, and where possible they are supported to enter mainstream education.
Cat feels that CHS’s liberal, supportive and opened minded approach and opportunities such as MUN and school trips abroad laid a solid platform from which she works today.
For more information about Small Steps Foundation please visit www.smallstepsfoundation.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Small Steps Foundation are a registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales (1138643) and the Ugandan NGO Board (s5914/9487).