Kay O’Shaugnessy - Trustee

Kay was appointed as a Trustee for Step One Charity in 2022. In 2002, Kay founded Friends and Families Charity, and over the past 20 years, she has been involved in campaigning, developing and shaping both national and local strategy and provision for families with disabled children and young people.

Much of Kay’s working life has been spent in Social Care, Training and Employment. She has been involved with projects and enterprises that work towards reducing social isolation, improving health and wellbeing, helping to prevent ill-health and striving for a society that’s accessible and allows equal opportunities to everyone.

Her interest in grassroots organisations, charities and community groups lead her to becoming a school governor to two Special Schools, regional committee chair for SCOPE, Director of Improving Lives Plymouth, Trustee for Plymouth Octopus Project, (POP), regional committee member for Children in Need, and Trustee for The Livewell Foundation. Through this work, she has gained extensive experience and insight of working within the charity sector, and has a wealth of knowledge and skills in charity governance, fundraising, networking and partnership working. 

Kay O'Shaugnessy, Trustee of Step One Charity

I am humoured to have been appointed as a Trustee for Step One and look forward to working with this great organisation and its team that strives to make a significant difference to the lives of many people with disabilities and mental health issues in Devon, and ensure they fulfil their potential.

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