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Animals from Belle Vue Zoo at the Children’s Hospital

Will Mellor and Kid Creole at one of the first Kidz exhibitions

Prince Charles visited the Disabled Living Centre

A trip to Blackpool

The children had a long stay in hospital

History

Throughout 2017, Disabled Living are celebrating 120 years of delivering services. This is a phenomenal achievement from what started out as a small Manchester based charity original called the Band of Kindness to a charity providing services throughout the UK and further afield.

As a result of a major fire in 2009, Disabled Living lost all its older archived material. However, a totally unexpected phone call a couple of years ago changed all that. We were delighted to hear from the son of an ex employee who had worked for Disabled Living in the 1960’s. Unfortunately, his mother had recently passed away and while he was sorting out her house, he found a number of boxes in the attic of photographs and memorabilia relating to Disabled Living. We are very thankful to Mr Valentine who realised the importance of what he had discovered. If it wasn’t for his mother ‘hoarding’ as Mr Valentine put it, I would not be in a position to share our heritage with you in 2017.

Debra Evans, Chief Executive

VIEW OUR TIME LINE

1897

1897 The Charity was established as the Band of Kindness and Children’s Help Society, to encourage children to be kind to animals and in turn their fellow citizens. The charity organised an annual Donkey parade.

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1903

1903

The Society changed its name to ‘The Crippled Children’s Help Society’ and distributed Christmas Hampers to home bound crippled children.

1904

A building was rented called ‘Peacefield’ in Marple as a respite facility with seven rooms. Demand was such, that in 1913 a larger property was built.

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1905

1905

The Society organised the first of many motor trips for crippled children. This event went on well into the 1940’s

1913

A larger property was built in Marple, this was to be known as the Country Nursing Home. This had 30 beds and cost £13,500.

1913
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1934

A workshop was opened to offer occupation work and handicrafts to crippled youths.

1937

The Country Nursing home became the Children’s Orthopaedic Hospital.

1937
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1938

The organisations involvement with specialised equipment developed. This section of the service was known as ‘aids and appliances’.

1939

The society changed its name to ‘The Cripples Help Society’, due to the nature of the work changing and involving more adults. The children supported in the early years were now adults.

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1947

1947

The Charity celebrated its Golden Jubilee and to mark the occasion a commemorative booklet was written.

1948

The Children’s Orthopaedic Hospital was transferred to the Ministry of Health.

1949

1949

‘Tan-y-Bryn’ in Abergele was purchased as a ‘Home for Cripples’

1957

‘White Heather’ in Old Colwyn was taken over by the charity as a respite home for crippled children .

1957
1960

1960’s & 1970’s

The Society’s work continued with the addition of providing holidays, outings and craft classes

1972

The ‘Aids Centre’ was launched to showcase equipment. This later became the Disabled Living Centre in 1983.

1985
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1985

Another name change to Disabled Living Services, as the previous name became offensive and was no longer politically correct. The charity also moved to a more accessible building at Redbank House in Cheetham. The new premises were officially open by the Duchess of Gloucester.

1986

The services of Disabled Living expanded to include training, continence service, extended occupational therapy services and craft classes.

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1990

The style Centre was established

1992

Yet a further name change, to our current name – Disabled Living. The reason being that the charity was being confused with health and social care services

1996

1996

The national PromoCon, service was established to support people with bladder and bowel problems with funding from the Department of Health.

1997

Disabled Living celebrated its Centenary birthday. There were various fundraising activities and celebrations, including a ‘Butterfly Ball’

1997
1998

1998

In October this year, the charity received the news that a bid to the National Lottery had been successful. The grant was the largest in the North West at £708,000.

2000

Work commenced on a new extension to Redbank House to create community spaces and a larger sensory room.

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2001

Kidz up North was launched at the Reebok Arena in Bolton. The event focussed on providing information and advice to disabled children, their parents, carers and the professionals who support them.

2002

Further developed, Disabled Living’s ‘Ways to Work’ services to support disabled people to find employment.

2004

‘Open for Business’ was officially launched by Earl and Countess of Wessex to help businesses comply with DDA.

2009

A major fire at Redbank House. Disabled Living’s services were moved into temporary accommodation. All our archived materials were lost.

2009
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2010

Disabled Living secured a £680,000 investment package from Future Builders and the Social Investment Bank to develop a purpose designed ‘Centre of Excellence for Assistive Technology’ based at Worsley, in a partnership with Salford City Council.

2011

In October the Refurbishment of Redbank House was completed following the fire two years earlier.

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2012

2012

Our new Centre in Worsley was officially opened by Sir Alex Ferguson. The team had moved into their new headquarter the previous year.

2015

Re-branding of the Kidz exhibitions to Kidz to Adultz Exhibition to mirror the changes to the 2014 Children & Families Act which now supports young adults up to the age of 25 years

2015
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2016

Between 2007 and 2016 Disabled Living has established a further four exhibitions to support people from all corners of the UK – Kidz to Adultz South ( est 2007), Kidz to Adultz Middle (est 2009), Kidz to Adultz Scotland (est 2014) and our latest event Kidz to Adultz Wales was established in 2016.

2016

The PromoCon service changed its name to Bladder and Bowel UK .

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So what does the future hold?

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