In 1970 a small group of friends formed the Stroud and District ‘Mencap’ Homes Foundation by each person placing a five pound note on a table with the absolute intention of providing a home for adults with learning disabilities, ensuring continuity of home life with security of mind to the parents.

Months of planning followed and fund raising began in earnest, as did the search for a suitable property. The latter eventually materialised and Barn Lodge opened its doors in 1982 providing six residents with a vibrant, happy home, bustling with all the activities that any family enjoys.

Since the successful opening of Barn Lodge the Foundation actively sought to provide more homes and a second purpose built home named The Gables was also opened on the same site in Stroud offering Residential care.

Then in 1991 Cotswold Grange, three miles away in Stonehouse, was purchased and also began offering residential care. In 2000 the millennium project was completed and Cotswold Court was built next to Cotswold Grange offering residential accommodation for six people.

It was recognised at this time that individuals living at Cotswold Grange would be more appropriately supported within a more independent environment and Cotswold Grange, alongside Barn Lodge became Supported Living Homes.  Our Supported Living provision was further expanded in 2012 with the building of Stonehaven at our Stroud site providing accommodation and support for a further six supported living tenants. More recently in October 2016 Huddlestone was opened providing bespoke ground floor accommodation for four service users with complex needs.

We are proud of our history and our commitment to supporting people with learning disabilities. We have an active Board of Directors, who have been involved in the charity since the early days. As a service provider we have seen many changes within care and support and have always had the ability and desire to adapt our provision to continue to provide excellent services whilst maintaining the family values and the ethos upon which the foundation was built.