Since Hft was established, some things have changed significantly, while others - like our desire to give people with learning disabilities more fulfilling lives - have stayed the same.
In the 1960s, there were limited opportunities available for children with learning disabilities when they reached adulthood. In 1962 a group of visionary parents got together to discuss their children’s futures.
Wanting to ensure their children would continue to learn and develop and fulfil their full potential after leaving school, these parents decided the only option was to do something themselves.
They pulled together to purchase Frocester Manor in Gloucestershire, creating a home where they could be sure their children would continue to be supported to lead fulfilling lives, throughout their lives.
Hft grew slowly over the years as more families recognised how we could support them in achieving a better life for their sons and daughters. We’ve grown from those small beginnings, and now support more than 1,400 people with learning disabilities and their families around the country.
Many things have changed since the 1960s. There is greater understanding of the needs of people with learning disabilities, and today the focus is firmly on developing personalised services to support people in achieving their goals and leading their lives a way that suits them.
Today we support more and more people who want to lead independent lives at home with their families, in their own homes or in homes they share with their friends, whatever level of support they need.
Although things have changed since the 1960s, what hasn’t changed is our desire to achieve better lives for people with learning disabilities, and to support their families in providing the best possible future for them.