In 1989 Solihull Social Services ran a pilot project in support of ‘Community Care Services for Adults’ which originally ran from a portacabin located in Chelmsley Wood. The project successfully evolved and in 1992 a purpose built centre was built which was then known as the ‘Lyndon Croft Community Support Centre’. The doors of the new centre opened on 6th December 1992 running the only EMI (Elderly Mentally Infirm) Day Centre in the UK for people over 65 years old. An official opening ceremony was carried out the following year in October 1993 by the then Lord Mayor of Solihull Peter Llywellen and local dignitaries.
In 1994 The Family Care Trust was formed with the founder CEO Dave Evans under guidance of the Solihull Council. As from 1st October 1995 Family Care Trust took over management of the ‘Lyndon Croft Community Support Centre’ (this is now known as ‘The Family Care Trust Opportunity Centre’) and TUPE’d a number of staff from Social Services into The Family Care Trust. The Trust originally started by providing a modest Community home support team for adults with mental health issues and a Day Centre for the Elderly Mentally Infirm (EMI) clients.
The Family Care Trust present CEO is Philip Carpenter, Philip took over this role from his predecessor Mark Melaugh in January 2014. The Family Care Trust currently operates a portfolio of services consisting of an administration centre, the FCT Training unit, substantial Community Support services provided by our Reach Out Team, Extra Care Housing schemes, Opportunity Day Centres, a Short Stay unit providing Respite Care, Independent Living Skills training projects for people with a learning disability, a mental health problem or in need of support, a Community Befriending scheme and a Drop-in centre.
Services currently offered by the Family Care Trust now support people with mental health conditions, learning disabilities and physical disabilities, along with their carers and relatives.
The Family care Trust not for profit charity has operated successfully for over twenty years, during which time we have built up a wide portfolio of good quality reliable services which are regularly reviewed and developed to ensure that we consistently provide a trustworthy service that people want to receive.