Miss Rita Simpson met with a group of friends to discuss how best to help people with a learning disability living in large institutions to move to smaller community based locations
Over the next few years the trust raised funds and supported a number of local charities who worked with people with a learning disability with donations of minibuses, other useful equipment and opportunities for people to go on holiday
The trust opened its first residential house in the Southside of Glasgow for 10 people:
5 from the local community, and
5 moving out of Lennox Castle
The trustees of Moving Horizons Trust decided to create an organisation to take responsibility for the provision of high quality care and support for people with a learning disability living in Glasgow
Mainstay Trust Ltd was created with the sole focus of providing high quality care and support for people living in the City of Glasgow
These 2 new residential services in the North West area of Glasgow gave the opportunity for a further 15 people to leave long stay hospital care, with 12 moving into Providence House and 3 to the smaller Callaghan House
To give more opportunity for people to live in the community, Mainstay opened a further 3 houses in the North West area of Glasgow. These were smaller houses giving more opportunity for independent living to the people supported in them
Following the introduction of The Same as You - A review of services for people with learning disabilities the trust agreed they wanted to do more to support people to achieve the recommendations set out in the document
A new post of Community Service Manager was created - the remit was to expand the work of the trust to include working with people living in any area of Glasgow to achieve the best day possible whether living in their own home or with their family members
Over the years a lot of things had changed for people with a learning disability, our Service User Forum representing the people we support wanted to have a place they could call their own - Mainstay was on the move!
In July 2012, the organisation moved to new premises in Govan with space for everyone to meet their friends in their own place. The 'Hub' was born
On 17th March 2020 COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) was officially classed a a global pandemic. It is a disease caused by a virus named SARS-CoV-2. It can be very contagious and spreads quickly.
COVID-19 most often caused respiratory symptoms that can feel much like a cold, the flu, or pneumonia.
Whilst providing support to over 100 people who live in Glasgow, across a range of different models of support, our staff prided themselves in supporting each vulnerable adult to ensure safety and wellbeing needs were being met,
This had to be done within the realms of new legal health and safety legislation during a global pandemic whilst working to strict infection control measures to keep the people we support, themselves, and their loved ones safe.
To all of our staff, you done an amazing job, and thank you!!!!!!
Immediate actions focused on keeping people safe and essential business functions operating.
More organised/coordinated effort to stabilise operations.
Extended period marked by strategic, durable execution across the organisation.
We have worked hard to re-design services, liaise with people supported, their families, or legal representatives to ensure we are "getting it right for every adult."
We have done this by being active listeners and taking stock of the impact the black swan event of COVID-19 has had on the people we support and our staff.
Mainstay are using this time as a period of being strategic, consolidating, and improving our existing services post pandemic.