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Head Office - Newlands Bishop Farm, Berry Hall Lane, Catherine de Barnes, Solihull, B91 2RY

Our History

Our background

In 1989 Solihull Social Services ran a pilot project in support of ‘Community Care Services for Adults’ which originally ran from a port-a-cabin 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, Dr Brian Mawhinney and Councillor Stephen Eyre.

In 1994 The Family Care Trust was formed under guidance of the Solihull Council. As from 1st October 1995 Family Care Trust took over management of the ‘Lyndon Croft Community Support Centre’ which then became known as the ‘Croft Day Centre’ and moved a number of staff from Social Services into Family Care Trust. It has recently been renamed as the Croft Opportunity Centre. The Trust started by providing a modest Community support team for adults with mental health issues and a Day Centre for the Elderly Mentally Infirm (EMI) clients.


We have developed and grown over the years and The Family Care Trust now operates a portfolio of services consisting of an administration centre,  substantial Community Support Services provided by our Reach Out Team, an Extra Care Housing scheme, Opportunity Centres, a Short Stay Unit providing Respite Care, Independent living skills training projects for adults with a learning disability or mental health problem, a Community Befriending scheme and a Drop-In service.

Our services are regularly reviewed and developed to ensure that we consistently provide a trustworthy reliable service that people want to receive.
The services now offered by the Family Care Trust support people with mental health problems, learning difficulties and physical disabilities, along with their carers and relatives.