We help people who learn differently
We aim to give adults 16+ with behavioural support needs, a better, brighter and more fulfilled life through practical and educational activities.
A chance meeting between Neil Thorogood and Chris Winter in 1996 led to the formation of Care First with an initial summer break provision at North Birmingham College for adults with learning disabilities. Care First was offered an annual contract to provide a full-time provision, on campus, for over 60 students.
The Directors both came with a desire to give adults who learn differently and their carers:
- An alternative to the usual options
- A desire to help and improve lives
- A belief that better outcomes are possible
The provision delivered engaging, practical and easy to learn sessions that helped improve independence and wellbeing through life and social skills. With student’s greater integration into the community and by providing increased life choices, Care First then opened new sites across the Midlands.
Following the success of Care First, we continue to deliver carefully designed, person centred, practical and life skills training contracted through Local Authorities and the NHS. The proven financial benefits of avoiding long term care, hospitalisation and keeping families together are easy to see. We continue to expand across the Midlands as Commissioners recognise these economic and social benefits.
Working with adults with learning difficulties/disabilities, behavioural support needs, mental health, autism, brain injuries, complex needs, and physical disabilities, Care First helps students to enjoy happier and more fulfilled lives.
Empowering people and improving lives is central to Care First’s mission. It’s not just about our student’s lives but the family’s lives too. The positive impact of greater family interaction and improved health and wellbeing are just some of the benefits derived from our provision.
Our Success Stories
Late morning on a leafy overcast autumn November day Scott and his mum attended a transition event at Scott’s school, Oscott Manor.
Come and see what Hannah’s mum say about her daughter’s journey before Skills Tank.
It was a bright sunny, relatively warm Monday morning with bright yellow daffodils rising above the weeds to soak up the early March sun.