The Family Care Trust has operated for 25 years in Solihull and the surrounding area. Our missions is:
“To provide professional care and support services that respond to individual needs. Promoting independence, dignity and choices in order to maintain or improve a person’s quality of life.”
We offer professional care and support services to people with mental health conditions, learning disabilities, and physical disabilities.
Our main services are:
History of Solihull charity the Family Care Trust
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-builtcentre was created,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. Elderly Mentally Infirm(EMI)Day Centre in the UK for people over 65. 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 of1 October 1995, theSolihull charity took over the management of the ‘Lyndon Croft Community Support Centre’, and this is now known as ‘The Family Care Trust Opportunity Centre’. A number of staff from social services, moved over to the Family Care Trust.
When the Family Care Trust started, it provided community home support teams for adults with mental health issues and a day centre for the EMIclients. It soon expanded to offer a portfolio of services including anadministration centre, the FCTtraining unit, 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 learning disabilities, mental health problemsor in need of support, a community befriending scheme,and a drop-in centre.
About the Family Care Trust today
The Family Care Trust now supports people with mental health conditions, learning disabilities and physical disabilities, along with their carers and relatives.
In 2019, the Solihull charity is celebrating its 25thanniversary. And over the last century, the Family Care Trust has achieved a lot, including:
- support for over 200 adults with learning difficulties with work-based training at our Newlands Bishop Farm and Community Gardening Services
- given more than 150 school and college-based volunteers vital work experience opportunities in this specialised area
- specialist day care for over 2000 people with memory problems such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, strokes and Parkinson’s including at The Blanning Day Centre
- shared more than 250 Corporate Days where an average of 15 people from local and national organisations on each have gained team building experiences as part of the mutual benefits achieved