Last week we had an event at Head Office, attended by almost 30 residents from across our properties where we were planning for a major project in conjunction with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). There will be more news on that in the coming weeks, but the work aims to show that people with Learning Disabilities and people with autism are capable of making valuable and vital contributions to communities.

This week is Learning Disabilities Week and the theme is “Do you see me” and it chimes with the Trust’s ethos.

All across our Trust you will find people pursuing their interests, whether that is working for a major retailer in one of Britain’s most iconic shopping developments, in a stable, creating their music in the recording studio, gardening, or making contributions in charity shops, coffee shops, helping at Day Centres or countless other things.

According to Government figures from 2023, there are 1.3 million people diagnosed with a Learning Disability in the UK. And central to all we do at The Trust is to fight for our Residents and Tenants to live their lives in the way they choose.

In two weeks, there is an election in this country. It is – if you believe the polls – more or less certain to result in a change of Governing Party. Yet, a search online on the 144-page Labour Manifesto shows just one mention of disabilities (on page 85).

By contrast on Mencap’s social media posts this week,  there are a collection of stark figures.

Here are some:

How can that be right? And how can it be that the party who will likely form the next Government is not talking about any of those things in their plans for the country after July 5th?

One of our residents – who is also an expert by experience for the Oliver McGowan Training Programme – is politically active and was part of the local Conservative MP’s campaign launch the other week. He harbours ambitions to be a councilor and if you talk to him, he’ll tell you why: “I want to help people in the community” he says, every time.

All we ask of Sir Keir Starmer, or Rishi Sunak, whoever leads the party who governs us after July 4th, does the same to improve things for the huge community of people who have so much to offer, but are too often still unheard and unseen.

Staff from across the organisation, including everyone from Senior Management to Support Workers, were amongst the first in the Trust to complete part two of a major government-backed training scheme.

What makes the Oliver McGowan Face-to-Face Training – and everyone at the Trust has already completed Part 1 of the programme  – so different and special is that it is delivered, in part, by “Experts By Experience” and the delegates to the Training listened to real-life testimony from first, a lady with Learning Difficulties and then later, as the day moved to discussing Autism, a man who lived with the condition, as well as being almost blind (pictured below).

The result was a fascinating day, where all staff learned so much and were asked to reflect on things to take forward as we continually aim to improve our support and communication to our Residents and Tenants.

The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training on Learning Disability and Autism is named after Oliver McGowan, whose death shone a light on the need for health and social care staff to have better training. The Health and Care Act 2022 introduced a statutory requirement that regulated service providers must ensure their staff receive learning disability and autism training appropriate to their role.

In 2016, Oliver’s Campaign was born, following his tragic death in an NHS hospital. The campaign is led by Oliver’s mother, Paula McGowan OBE, who believes that all health and social care staff need appropriate and meaningful training to help them to understand people who have a learning disability and autistic people.

In 2018, Paula launched a parliamentary petition to address this need, gaining over 56,000 signatures. The petition was successfully debated cross-party and as a result, in November 2019, the government published ‘Right to be heard’, its response to the consultation on proposals for introducing mandatory learning disability and autism training for health and social care staff.

The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training is the standardised training that was developed for this purpose and is the government’s preferred and recommended training for health and social care staff.

The response included a commitment to developing a standardised training package. The training draws on existing best practice, the expertise of people with a learning disability, autistic people and family carers as well as subject matter experts.

It is important to note that the Training, rather than being a change of approach, was a refresher for Lisieux Trust staff, where Person-Centered Care is always at the forefront of all we do, we have a culture that insists that everyone has a right to be heard, listened to and respected.

The 15 people who completed the training last week – which included CEO Jess Alsop-Greenacre, as well as Managers both from Supported Living and Residential Care – were the first to do so, but over the next few months all Trust staff as well as all new starters will be undergoing the course.

We also announced recently that one of our Residents, Mark, has been chosen to act as one of the “Experts By Experience” and we will be following his progress.

 

We were delighted for, and proud of, one of our Tenants yesterday, as he gave a presentation at the Birmingham Autism and ADHD Summit.

Nick was invited to speak in front of an audience of esteemed guests as part of the Lived Experience section, where he told everyone about his day-to-day routines, hobbies and interests as well as showing his medal collection to the guests.

As an even bigger treat for the more than 100 people from across the West Midlands – consisting of those who work in care, the families of people with ADHD and Autism, councilors, religious leaders, and academics – the sports-mad tenant showed his replica baton from when he carried it in the run-up to the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Nick – who unlike many contributors appeared nerveless on the platform –  thoroughly enjoyed the experience, saying excitedly: “It was really good. It was nice to tell them about the things I do.  Everyone gave me a round of applause and I think they enjoyed seeing my medals and the baton too.”

As you might expect given the vast array of backgrounds that the participants came from, the programme was packed and varied.

As well as Nick there was an emotional speech from Haris Ghani, a Birmingham City Council employee who had lost three of his friends to suicide after being told they wouldn’t amount to anything, due to their autism diagnosis. Elsewhere, Ben, another adult with autism, spoke about his challenges of holding down a job, while there was raw testimony from parents regarding the struggles they faced.

The event started with a demonstration from a group of young people from Coventry who communicated through drama to discuss the point that the power of understanding didn’t have to come from words.

The educational theme continued a little later in the afternoon when Jon Harris, the CEO of Education Impact  – a chain of special needs schools and nurseries –  discussed doing things differently to ensure students with Autism and ADHD received the best possible classroom experience.

A day full of both positivity and stoicism in equal measure – included Lakhvir Sahota from the City Council setting out his aims for greater collaboration and cooperation amongst sectors in the days, weeks and months following the event.

The 2024 summit ended with Chris Barber, the Deputy Chairman of the Birmingham Autism and ADHD Partnership Board (BAAPB) setting out his five areas for collective improvement, but adding that the Gold Standard should be the least you should be aspiring to.

That, of course, has always been a minimum from the Trust, and we are proud not just of Nick, but all of the Residents and Tenants who we support.

The Summit will return, bigger and better next year – and it is already confirmed that the Trust will be involved –  but everyone there will take away the thought from one of the speakers who responded to a question by saying: “I wouldn’t change my autism for anything. It is what makes me, me.”

And as Nick was there to ably display, Autism and ADHD is not a barrier to achievement.#

 

At Lisieux Trust, we always say we place the Residents and Tenants that we support at the heart of all we do. These are not just words, rather we put them into practice daily and as a matter of routine.

We saw yet another practical example of that recently, as one of the Trust family, Lucy, became the latest in a long line of Residents to be involved in the interview process.

Lucy was at Head Office in Erdington to interview prospective candidates for new Support Worker roles, forming a three-person panel along with two of the managers, they all had questions and Lucy was keen to ask hers – and had follow-ups ready, to make sure the process was full of extra tests.

Lucy – who works herself, at Sutton Support Services in the kitchens – said she enjoyed the experience: “I think it is nice to be involved and see if the new people are good. People gave some good answers. It was good to do it.”

At Lisieux Trust, our vision is a society that recognizes people’s abilities first. One where equality, opportunity, and inclusion are prominent and many residents have been involved like Lucy was, as it is vital that the residents and tenants are supported in the best possible way.

All staff know our mission, which is to support learning-disabled and autistic people and empower them with the confidence to choose the life they want to live and make it happen.

We have aims including:

Creativity and boldness and ensuring the support we deliver is personalised while nurturing an environment where people can safely make mistakes.

And a clear set of values including:

Welcoming, Trust, Inspiration, Fun, and choice.

All of this happens naturally, by placing the residents and tenants at the absolute forefront of Trust life. Like involving them in the interview process and having four “steering groups” a year where Residents air their views and can shape real change within the Trust/

We are always recruiting for Support Workers and if you want to experience an organization that truly does things differently, then click here: https://lisieuxtrust.org.uk/work-for-us/

A recent survey for the Nuffield Trust found a shocking figure.

The proportion of adults with a learning disability in paid employment in the UK has decreased over time, from 6.0% in 2014/15 to a low of 4.8% in 2021/22.

Those awful numbers are in our minds as we sit in the kitchen of one of our houses, with a Resident who has just returned home from work in Birmingham.

Tom, has worked for Superdry at their flagship venue in the Bull Ring for five years now. The chance came about through his family. His sister worked for an organisation in Birmingham which was able to offer a placement at the brand. After excelling in his work experience period with them, he was offered permanent position.

He accepted immediately, looking forward to the greater independence: “I wanted to get paid so I could buy things and treat my family and friends.”

Tom likes the variety too. No day is the same, but he smiles with pride as he talks us through his regular activities: “I go in and get what I need,” he explains. “Then I do the delivery.”

Although his work is mostly in the stock room, Tom is often in the shop itself, adding: “We move stuff to the shop floor.”

He works there two days a week and is one of a big team. There are, says Tom “lots of people that work there.”

His work ethic is best summed up by the staff appraisals he receives. Always excellent, he is regularly reminded to take more of his annual leave.

Naturally friendly and chatty, Tom has made “lots” of friends in his time there. His best friend is Letitia who “is always really nice and gives me sweets if I do a good job!”  He also praised his two Superdry Managers, Declan and Becky.

 

Tom is currently supported to travel to work by our staff but admits his ultimate goal is to go there by himself which he hopes he might be able to soon.

He’ll have plenty of chance as when asked if he was planning to stay at Superdry – who formed in 2003 and have since become one of the most recognisable clothing brands on the planet – he said simply: “I want to go for a long time” . A thought he continued right to the end of our chat, when we asked him if he had anything else he’d like everyone to know, he replied firmly: “I just want to say how happy I am.”

As the ancient Chinese Philosopher Confucius once said: “The man who loves his job never works a day in his life.” And as Tom excitedly plans his next day at the shop, that seems just as true in the 21st century.

Last month, you may have seen the news that three carers were imprisoned for abusing residents at a care home in South London.  

 

The men were convicted after they punched, slapped and verbally abused residents with learning disabilities at Grove House in Sutton. 

 

It goes without saying that everyone at The Trust wholeheartedly condemns these utterly disgraceful actions – as we would any such behaviour, but also true to say that this case had particular resonance with us given the type of residents that the home had in their care broadly matched with those that are in the Lisieux Trust family.  

 

Thea Viney, CPS London District Crown Prosecutor, said: “This is a really shocking example of a disability hate crime, involving the abuse of very vulnerable people with complex needs. 

 

“The victims should have been able to trust and rely on [the convicted trio] to look after them and keep them safe from harm, but instead they were subjected to horrendous abuse, with evidence of emotional and psychological mistreatment. 

 

“We worked in partnership with the police from an early stage to build a case that centred on the offenders’ behaviour and conduct, with key witness evidence proving that they were clearly acting contrary to training, protocols and the individual needs of each victim.” 

 

As a care provider in the same sector, it angers and saddens us in equal measure. We are proud of all of our residents, but also of the culture of friendship and support that we create. It’s not simply that we won’t tolerate anything else, it’s just natural to us, as it should be to anyone in care.  

 

We are privileged to work with people who need varying degrees of support and each one – and their families away from the Trust – can be certain that everyone here works every day to empower them to choose the life they want. The behaviour of those three and in other high-profile instances reflects badly on the sector and by extension, us all.  

 

The Crown Prosecution Service statement that we replicated in part above, mentions training – and whilst, obviously we cannot speak for the training that others receive – we can say every member of staff who begins their career with the Trust receives an extensive document that they are tested upon.  

 

This includes the Aims of the Trust – reproduced in part below:  

We recognise people’s abilities first 

We are creative and bold  

Give people time and space to voice their thoughts  

Support our Residents and Tenants to live a safe, meaningful and healthy life 

Deliver personalised support  

Challenge discrimination 

Create possibilities for our residents to choose a career  

And amongst others there is this one:  

Create a culture where staff can thrive and enjoy their work whilst making a difference.  

These aren’t difficult things to aim for, but they are harder to do. Fostering the right culture in an organisation takes time, but it can be done, we know because we do it and all our staff buy into it. 

 

This is why incidents such as the ones that saw the three individuals sent to prison are so upsetting. The “herd mentality” that enables people to see someone behave in this way and then think that abhorrent acts like these are somehow acceptable, must be challenged by all of us – it’s a matter of common decency and respect. 

 

Of course, the overwhelming majority of all staff in the care sector are like our staff, brilliant hard-working people who want nothing but the best for the people they support. Whilst these “bad apples” do not spoil the whole bunch, we are all, sadly, tainted by their behaviour.  

 

 

At Lisieux Trust, care, compassion, and dedication happen every day, it is second nature to us as we strive to put our residents at the heart of everything we do.

 

That approach has been seen with some wonderful ratings and comments in the most recent Lisieux Trust Quality Audit Survey, which has unveiled a chorus of resounding approval, painting a vivid picture of an organisation and community that goes above and beyond, and where excellence is the norm.

 

Families’ Trust: 100% Recommending Lisieux

 

For the families of our residents and tenants, Lisieux Trust is more than just a care provider; it’s a beacon of trust and reliability. With unanimous enthusiasm, 100% of families expressed their confidence in us, affirming that they would wholeheartedly recommend Lisieux Trust.

 

Where Houses are Homes: 95% Feel the Warmth

 

Within the walls of Lisieux homes, a sense of family permeates every room. An impressive 95% of our residents feel that their house is not just a dwelling, but a true sanctuary, where they can find comfort, warmth, and a sense of belonging.

 

Staff: The Guiding Lights of Support

 

To our residents, the staff at Lisieux are more than just caregivers—they are pillars of trust, friendship and compassion. In a remarkable vindication of our person-centred approach. 100% of residents expressed their fondness for their dedicated Support Workers. Comments like “I always feel safe,” “all my staff are very caring,” and “I’ve got a great keyworker” are a testament to the profound connections forged within our community.

 

A Year of Unwavering Support: A Family Affair

 

Families echoed the sentiments of their loved ones, expressing overwhelming satisfaction with the support provided over the past year. Phrases like “Good,” “settled,” and “caring” flowed freely, reflecting the positive impact Lisieux Trust has had on their lives. Some even shared, “I don’t know what I would have done without the Trust.”

 

A Legacy of Dedication: Staff Celebrating a Decade and More

 

As well as asking questions of how we could improve of the families, residents and tenants. Many dedicated members of our Lisieux family have walked this journey with us for over a decade, their unwavering commitment creating a legacy of care. Over half of our staff have stood by us for more than ten years, a testament to the fulfilling environment we provide. Recognised as a former Employer of the Year at the Care Awards, more than half of our team would proudly recommend Lisieux Trust as an employer of choice.

 

A Culture of Openness: Ideas Flourish

 

At Lisieux Trust, ideas are welcomed, cherished, and celebrated. Three-quarters of respondents expressed that they felt free to express their thoughts, creating an environment where innovation thrives. Moreover, almost 90% praised the training they received, emphasising comments like “My manager is always open” and “I love my job as a support worker.”

 

Joanne Bongiovi, the Head of HR and Administration for the Trust looked at the survey as a whole and said: “These results are more than just numbers; they are a testament to the vibrant, caring community that is Lisieux Trust. Together, we continue to set the standard for compassionate, high-quality Person-centred care and support. Thank you for being a part of this remarkable journey towards brighter, more fulfilling lives for all.

 

“Even though these results are obviously very pleasing, we will continue to strive to be even better.”

 

Shirley Bassey’s “Hey Big Spender” strains drift out from the kitchen.  Sitting at the kitchen table Janet is reaching her big crescendo, and Gillian is dancing behind her. Janet had moved into her new home that week and was being welcomed with a party that afternoon. The pair descend into laughter as the song ends. Manager Mikey can’t help but join in.

It wasn’t always like this at the care home in a leafy street in the Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield. Lisieux Trust supports adults with autism and learning disabilities. In July 2022, Lisieux Trust took the care home on as part of its portfolio; if the trust hadn’t taken the care home on, it would have been forced to close as it had just failed its inspection from the regulator of adult social care, the Care Quality Commission (CQC). CQC had issued a closure notice on the previous provider at the care home because the eight individuals living there were receiving inadequate care.

The CQC Report at the time stated that the service was not safe and that residents were at risk, including that “The provider could not demonstrate how the service met the principles of right support, right care, right culture.”

Fast forward a year and it’s a very different story.

Now that they are supported by Lisieux Trust, each of the residents in the home has a tale of positivity to share, whether they were there in the past or, like Janet, are recent arrivals -. Ellie, who now identifies as a female, sees her radiant smile light up the room as she talks about her newfound freedom. “I get to do what I like, wear the clothes I like, and be myself, I’ve been vegetarian and vegan, and the staff help with that. My workers don’t shout at me all the time for nothing,” she exclaims. “I’ve even been to loads of concerts!” Ellie dreams of having Taylor Swift as her carer, she laughs.

Perhaps the resident to feel the most change, though, is John, a man in his late 60s. When Lisieux Trust took over the home he was restricted to a pound a day as his money was controlled by the previous provider. . He now manages his own money with the help of staff; Lisieux Trust have restored John’s right to make decisions about his own money. Ironically, he’s the last resident we are able to speak to on our visit, as he’s out in town shopping. When he returns, he proudly shows his haul for the morning – a Spider-Man figure: “I love superheroes and the staff are helping me decorate my room with Marvel Characters” he smiles. John, who is asthmatic was in a bedroom on the top floor – a situation that immediately changed when Lisieux Trust took over because it was causing John anxiety: “It’s great here now”, he affirms. “Everyone treats me so much better, and I can breathe without worrying. And in an echo of what Ellie had told us, he reflects on the calmer atmosphere. “No one shouts at me anymore, they used to hold me down and I didn’t like it,” he says. This has improved his mental health.

Both of these situations contrast wildly with the CQC report, dated 3rd August 2022, which said: “The service did not support people to have the maximum possible choice, independence or have control over their own lives.”

Debbie, who has been at the care home for four years, reflects on the positive changes. “It’s better now,” she nods, content. “I like my new room.” Her eyes sparkle as she mentions the disco she attends weekly with her boyfriend, fellow resident, Ben. “I love my new room and my carpet,” she adds with a hint of pride.

For Ben himself, it’s about increased independence, he enjoys his Wednesday trips to Sutton Coldfield Town Centre, and has found a sense of belonging in the care home. “The atmosphere here is really nice now, a lot nicer than before,” he says, smiling. “Denise [Denise Barrett, the Registered Manager] and Mikey [who manages the day-to-day] are lovely, and the food is really nice too.” He chuckles as he adds that he always buys a paper and a soaps magazine during his outings. “I love all the soaps,” he confirms. I watch them all.”

And what of the two singing ladies? Well, Gillian can’t hide her delight as she talks about her recent upgrades. “I’ve got a new telly, a dressing table, and I love watching Matilda,” she says with a gleeful twinkle in her eye. “Oh, and Mrs. Brown’s Boys! I can’t get enough of it.” Janet, immersed in her iPad, from where that Shirley Bassey tune had blared from YouTube an hour or so before, shares her perspective as a recent arrival. “Everyone is nice,” she says, her fingers gliding across the screen. It’s clear that technology has become a vital part of her life, and the care home has embraced this, providing Janet with a space where she feels comfortable and valued.

A member of Trust staff who worked for the previous provider was a mixture of scathing and incredulous as they attempted to explain what it was like to work for them. “It was a terrible environment for most of the staff,” they recall, “But it was worse for the residents, of course.” They recall the restrictions that the previous provider put in place which limited the resident’s freedom and affected their quality of life.  Put simply, they say, ‘It wasn’t right.”

Neither, according to the Support Worker, was the attitude to repairs in the home. “All the rooms were en-suite, but any repairs just weren’t done. One of the residents had a broken shower, nothing ever happened to fix it. In the end, she couldn’t shower properly.”

The decor of the building came under fire too: “It was so old! It had all been brought at auctions and so on, everything was Victorian. Nothing was modern. Nothing felt like it was brought with the residents in mind.”

Although the Care Home was clean: “Me and the other support workers I was with made sure it was, even if no one else cared” the former staffer had said,

CQC had observed in their report that the “Service did not have enough appropriately skilled staff to meet people’s needs and keep them safe. One member of staff worked at the care home for the previous provider and now works there under Lisieux Trust; spanning the old and new era. As such she is in a unique position to reflect on the transformation. “There’s been so much positive change,” she observes. “Before, we were often left to ourselves.” Now, she, like the residents she supports, enjoys a better environment, one that respects her individuality and provides the support and training she needs.

Speaking with Manager Mikey Gavin, who has been part of the team that led the change in both culture and living standards, it’s evident how determined he was to turn things around. “None of the bedrooms were person-centred when we started,” he shares. “We replaced filing cabinets with cupboards, fixed broken beds, and introduced more comfortable beds for the residents here.”

Lisieux Trust’s transformation of the failing home did not happen by magic. Rather it was a lot of hard work underpinned by their guiding principle: “We believe our people should live life as they choose, full of things they love to do. We are on a journey together and we are dedicated to supporting our people to thrive.” And slowly but surely the residents in this care home are finding out there is another, better, way.

Indeed, no one is better placed to reflect on that than the former member of staff who has worked for the previous provider. Disillusioned, they resigned, left care for a spell before taking a job with Lisieux Trust. Now they say things are different: “When I think back to how it was when I was there, and when I’ve been back there now, it’s like night and day.”

Decent living standards and compassionate care are the very least anyone should expect of course, but for the residents in one care home, as they get ready for the afternoon party they have planned, it feels like a different world.

You often see people unsure of their career path when they leave school. It can be daunting choosing the path you want to follow for the rest of your working life.

Well, for me, I finally found what I truly enjoy doing at the age of 60, and that was becoming a Support Worker.

My journey began when I visited the Aston Villa Jobs Fair last year to find out what job opportunities were out there and to help me to decide what I might like to do next.

My life circumstances had changed at home, and I needed something to occupy my mind that I would enjoy. However, I understood it might be challenging to find the right opportunity.

I have spent most of my working life in the travel industry. I have also worked in a Bank, a Job Centre, and as a Civil Enforcement Officer, so I had a lot of transferrable skills, but I didn’t know what the next move I wanted to take.

As I browsed companies and vacancies at the Jobs Fair, I got into a conversation with a lovely lady from Lisieux Trust. She asked if I had considered being a Support Worker. In all honesty, I wasn’t even sure what a Support Worker was. I asked questions and the role was clearly explained to me.

I was handed a job description and an application pack which I could fill out and return if I wanted to be considered for the role.

I quickly realised I liked the idea of the job. It was something completely new to me and I got a positive impression of both the role and the company.

What did I feel I could offer? Firstly, I like people. I would consider myself a people person. I also naturally like helping and supporting others where I can, and I believe I am a good communicator. Having read the job description, I felt those were some of the key attributes required.

If I completed the application process this seemed like a positive step to take. The company offers lots of ongoing training from induction. As well as being able to work alongside experienced colleagues who are friendly and supportive in helping you gain the experience required.

Enthusiasm for doing the job was the only other thing I needed, which I knew I had already, and the rest quickly fell into place.

Twelve months on from joining Lisieux Trust. I’ve gained so much knowledge and experience and love every minute of every day. We all work together as a team in our house and support each other with what needs to be done. Everyone is an equal and we are passionate about supporting our tenants and residents.

No two days are ever the same. We support tenants and residents to make their own choices and to live as independently as possible. One day we may be out on the town, at the cinema, or supporting with the domestic tasks at home. Every day brings something different.

Helping others has become the most rewarding thing I feel I can do. Long may it continue and thank you Lisieux Trust for giving me this life-changing opportunity.

 

Want to learn more about a career with Lisieux Trust?

With care homes and supported living schemes across Northeast Birmingham – including Sutton Coldfield, we provide a place for adults with a learning disability or autism to live, learn, and laugh together.

Discover more about a career with Lisieux Trust at https://lisieuxtrust.org.uk/work-for-us/

This month we celebrate Learning Disability Week. The annual event which runs from 19th to 25th June is dedicated to raising awareness and creating a better understanding of what life is like with a learning disability.

Every year there is a specific theme for the week and in 2023 the focus is on showing the world the incredible things that people with learning disabilities achieve as a way of breaking the stigma.

As you know our team here at Lisieux Trust provides care and support for adults with learning disabilities or autism, so we are passionate about using our platform to raise awareness and celebrate individuals with learning disabilities in the hope of promoting a greater understanding.

 

Understanding Learning Disabilities

Learning disabilities affect the way that individuals process, acquire or retain information effectively. It could be anything from difficulties with reading, writing, math, attention, memory, or organisation.

However, it’s important to remember that learning disabilities are not indicative of intelligence, as individuals with learning disabilities often possess many talents and strengths in other areas.

 

Celebrating Achievements and Talents

Our focus at Lisieux Trust is on providing the environment for our tenants and residents to thrive, helping them find their passion, showcase their talents, and share their incredible personalities.

Many of our residents have incredible talent and abilities. We have lots of sports stars covering everything from Boccia and table tennis champions to dressage competition winners or keen fishermen.

Sporting achievement isn’t where it ends, we also have lots of tenants and residents who like to write poetry and rap and others who enjoy music, dancing, and a whole variety of other activities.

With all this incredible talent it’s our responsibility to create the environment for individuals within our community to enjoy themselves, develop new skills and learn more about themselves.

 

Empowering Potential

It’s important to break down any barriers around what people with learning disabilities can do.

Many people with learning disabilities live the most active and fulfilled lives. Lots of our tenants go to work every week or are enrolled in educational programs to expand their knowledge and skills.

With the right mindset and environment that encourages growth, anyone can unlock their potential, pursue their passions, and achieve everything they want in life.

Our focus will never deviate from doing just this.

 

Learn more about Lisieux Trust

With homes and supported living schemes across Northeast Birmingham – including Sutton Coldfield, we provide a place for adults with a learning disability or autism to live, learn, and laugh together.

To discover more about the support we provide take a look at our what we do page.