The Disabilities Trust has been in operation for over 30 years and is still developing and growing today.

1981

Land is purchased for purpose built bungalows for the Trust's first service, Ernest Kleinwort Court in Burgess Hill, Sussex, a residential service for 35 adults with physical disabilities. The Constitution for the Disabled Housing Trust (the previous name for The Disabilities Trust) was adopted in 1979 and registered with the Charity Commission in 1980.

1988

Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales formally opened Shinewater Court, the Trust's second service, in Eastbourne, which supports 30 adults with physical disabilities.

1991

Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) established within the Disabled Housing Trust. The Trust's first specialist brain injury rehabilitation service, Thomas Edward Mitton House, opens in Milton Keynes.

1992

Terry Yorath House, Leeds; the international footballer, Terry Yorath, gave his name to the service for people with physical disabilities.Victoria House, Hull, was also completed in 1992, providing care for 23 adults with physical disabilities.

In July the naming ceremony for Daniel Yorath House at Garforth, Leeds, was carried out by Howard Wilkinson, manager and Gordon Strachan, captain of Leeds United FC.

1994

Kent House, Aylesbury, a service for 22 people with acquired brain injury, was opened by HRH the Duchess of Kent.

1996

The Carlton Centre, Barnsley, opened to provide day services for adults with physical impairments.

1997

Jane Percy House, Cramlington opened by our Patron, Jane Percy, The Duchess of Northumberland, providing for 24 adults with physical disabilities.

Redford Court, Liverpool, was also opened providing rehabilitation for 24 people with brain injury.

1998

The Trust's first residential service for people with autism opens at Dysons Wood, Reading (Now called The Maples).

The Woodmill, Cullompton, Devon also opened catering for 18 people with an acquired brain injury

1999

Hollyrood West Sussex, opened serving 24 adults with autistic spectrum disorders.

2000

West Heath House, our specialist acquired brain injury centre in Birmingham, opened its doors.

2003

October saw phase two of York House, a partnership with The Retreat, officially opened by His Grace, the Archbishop of York, providing longer-term rehabilitation and support for 14 adults with an acquired brain injury. The first phase of York House, also catering for 14 people, was opened in October 1999

The Disabilities Trust takes over Heathermount, a school in Ascot for children with autism, marking its first step into education services.

2004

The Trust welcomed Hamilton Lodge in Essex, a service for adults with learning disabilities.

2005

Fen House, Ely opened in to meet the needs of people with acquired brain injury from across the whole of the East Anglia region.

2006

A new purpose-built brain injury rehabilitation centre at Kerwin Court, Slinfold, West Sussex brings the total number of brain injury centres run by the Trust to eight.

1101 Bristol Road, also opened in 2006 fulfilling an important role in Birmingham between the intensive brain injury rehabilitation offered by West Heath House, and its supported houses.

Also this year work started on Redford Court Lodge on a site adjacent to, and complimenting the Trust's existing service at Redford Court.

2007

The Trust joined forces with the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in October to establish a new neurorehabilitation centre based at Goole and District Hospital - Goole Neurorehabilitation Centre.

2009

The Trust opens Graham Anderson House in Springburn, Glasgow. The unit provides 25 beds for people with acquired brain injury. Officially opened later in the year by HRH The Princess Royal.

2013

Two new BIRT services opened: Osman House is opened in Yorkshire, it provides specialist care and support in a smaller residential environment for adults with an acquired brain injury.; and Chalkdown House, Swindon, a new independent hospital for people with brain injury and behavioural disorders and/or complex needs

2015

Ty Aberdafen is opened in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire. The Centre offers a range of high quality assessment and rehabilitation options for people with complex psychological and physical needs following an acquired brain injury. There are 24 beds, 18 of which are en-suite rooms in the main centre. The Centre also contains two independent living flats and four fully furnished, self-contained apartments.