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Preparing for the next 25 years of social care

To celebrate our 25th anniversary, we asked people we support, their families, and our own colleagues to share their experience of how far support for people with learning disabilities and autism has come in that time. Discover stories that chart the journey of social care; from heart-breaking stories of discrimination, institutions and over-medication, to inspirational stories of overcoming challenges, changing perceptions, and living live to the full.

Chief executive, Sue Porto, shares her thoughts on Brandon's 25-year anniversary #25of25

Click on the images to explore our #25stories, showing how far social care has come

 Supported employee, Ian, at work in the pottery  Support worker, Tony, at work in London  People with a disability ice skating  Quality checker Mary  A Brandon wedding  Lucy who loves having her independence  Jodie with her volunteering certificate  Leon gives his tips for living free  Simon who has autism and his brother, Andrew, in 1957

Supported employee, Mark, and the team in Gloucestershire  Emma who has autism shares her top tips to independence   A lady with a learning disability shakes hands with a robot  Two people with a learning disability acting in a short film  Joe who campaigned for accessible transport  Jon who has reduced his medication through the STOMP programme  A long road to home  Chloe, who has Downs Syndrome, training staff on the 'working in my house' course  Quality checkers, chemo and a dream come true for Anne   

Terry, a supported employee, at Elm Tree Farm  Leadership Development Programme coordinator on the benefits of investing in staff  People with a learning disability or autism enjoying Christmas parties  Director, Tanya Abbot, talking to someone we support at Driving up Quality  Brandon artist holds first exhibition in London aged 77  

Dreaming big

Many of the 25 stories have been made possible with thanks to the Dream Fund, which is 100% funded by donations from our supporters. It funds life-changing dreams and wishes including:

  • Local artist achieves her dream of publishing her first book
  • 65-year-old gentleman goes on holiday for the first time
  • Music equipment for an avid pop fan
  • Garden makeovers

Make someone’s dream come true and help them live free – please donate today. Thank you – and here’s to the next 25 years!

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