After much consideration, the Disabilities Trust has decided to focus exclusively on our brain injury operations. We came to this difficult decision – which had the best interests of the people we support at the heart – after considering where we can make the most impact. We also looked at factors including the fact that we currently provide a diverse range of services over multiple locations and, changes in the world around us, such as the services funders want to see.

Over the past few months, we sought a new provider, with similar values to our own, which could continue to offer the best care to the people we support in our learning disabilities and autism (LD&A) services. We can confirm that Voyage Care will take on our 16 registered care homes and supported living services, ensuring continuity of care for 65 people across the north, Reading and the South East. We have worked very closely with Voyage Care to minimise disruption for staff, the people we support and their families throughout this process.

Irene Sobowale, CEO of the Disabilities Trust, said: “We are sad to part with these services, many of which have been part of the Trust family for some time, but we believe that Voyage Care, will build on the strong foundations the Trust has been to take them even further in the future.”

Work will now shortly begin for the Trust to extend the reach of our brain injury services and growing and sharing our clinical expertise. We will also grow our policy, influencing and research activity, as well as seek new and innovative partnerships and commercial opportunities.

If you are a commissioner seeking to make a referral for one of our LD&A and autism services, please contact Voyage Care. You can find out more about Voyage Care here.