We are so excited to be celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Lifeworks this year – and March is the month when it all began. Yes- March 1996 was when all of our exciting plans formed, the hard work started and we began our journey in making a difference to the lives of children and young adults with learning disabilities.
2016 marks 20 years since we registered as a charity. We were originally called the Bidwell Brook Foundation, and it was under that name that our incredible team began the tough task of raising over £600,000 to build Robins Respite Centre.
1999 marked the opening of Robins, and a year later we were honoured by a royal visit from Princess Anne, who unveiled a plaque, formally opening Robins Respite and Lifeskills Centre – our very first service.
The hard work didn’t stop there though! Over the years we have been able to offer a range of projects to benefit the young people and families we support. As well as Robins, we currently run a specialist further education college- also based in Dartington, Sesame – a small home for young adults in Torquay, Kool Club specialist youth clubs and Breaking the Barrier specialist surf events.
We offer short breaks (respite care), residential care for both children and young adults, life-skills training, sports and leisure events, further education… with lots of new and important developments in the planning stages.
The last twenty years represent vision, dedication and a determination to make a difference. They are full of the hard work, support and passion of hundreds of people- staff, supporters, volunteers, donors, families and of course, young people.
The young people and families we support were the reason we started this journey- and as we enter our third decade, they remain at the heart of what we do. They are the reason that each and every one of us is here- the reason that we look to the future of Lifeworks with excitement and the same determination to make a difference as when that first £1 was raised 20 years ago.