Past & Present
The Northam Care Trust is a charity formed as Northam Lodge in 1978 and our primary mission is to support people with learning and physical disabilities in having choice and control in achieving the best possible quality of life, evidenced by real quality outcomes and supported by our passion for excellence.
We are based in North Devon and have developed person centred support for people with profound and multiple learning and physical disabilities and complex needs, people with autism, people with other learning disabilities and additional needs, older people and people with dementia and people with mental health problems in our service continuum. This continuum includes our Residential Lodges, our seven day week day opportunities and ‘in the community’ support through our Rose Hill Community Projects and Outreach Services, our new Supported Living schemes, our Enabling services and our Domiciliary Care services. Excellent communication, respect, dignity, engagement, support for carers and a set of values and behaviours underpin our work and add value with personalisation at the core.
We believe that we are the only organisation in North Devon and North Cornwall providing the high care specialist individualised support found in our Lodges for people with profound disabilities and complex health needs including end of life care. Our clients have access to specialist health and therapeutic services and we have initiated new technology such as ‘Eye Gaze’ in our work to help people to better communicate their wishes, needs and choices to our committed and well trained staff teams.
We always set out to ensure that we offer responsive, caring, inclusive, integrated and well led services in settings where families, friends, advocates and carers will always find a warm welcome.
The Northam Care Trust aims to maintain, sustain and improve its current provision and this includes offering bespoke support in improved buildings and new environments. The organisation has experienced a modernisation programme during the last three years and now employs over 250 staff across its service continuum. We encourage people to join us to develop careers in social care and to enjoy the excellent inclusive pay rates and flexible working that we offer. Our direct services are supported by a dynamic central support team.
We are looking to extend our services across Devon and North Cornwall and to ensure that we also support carers in planned or crisis situations.
We work with the business communities in looking at all opportunities for support in our charitable endeavours and continue to work closely with Devon County Council on furthering the work we do without taking the focus away from the people we currently support.
New project work in local communities is part of our strategic planning and we work hard at adding value by attracting grant funding to develop new initiatives and innovations. We believe that we have an exciting future. In support of this we will look after our valued staff and continue to invest in them and will put the people we support at the very heart of everything we do.