Local Cerebral Palsy groups raised money and with support from Scope enabled the original centre to be opened in 1966. At this time the facility offered multi-occupancy rooms and communal facilities.
Lincolnshire House Association was formed in 1988 and the administration of the centre was transferred to the new company. A new executive council was created and the management team revised with a radical new remit to provide the residents with greater empowerment particularly with regard to their day to day decisions at Lincolnshire House.
Residents had a voice and with support were given many new opportunities. The residents became members of the executive council, formed resident committees, joined fund raising committees and participated in appointing staff. The services were built around the people who lived at Lincolnshire House.
In 1995 the executive council, management, and residents recognised that the aging building would not meet future standards. Lincolnshire House needed to address the long-term objective of providing new modern accommodation for the residents. An appeal was launched (The First Brick) with the aim to raise £1.2 million to completely rebuild the accommodation together with a new activities building.
The First Brick Appeal successfully concluded in December 2005 raising £1.25 million and Lincolnshire House now provides excellent residential accommodation and a modern activity building. The residents live in three, four or five person bungalows within the grounds with single rooms and en-suites; there are shared kitchens, lounges and dining facilities in every unit.
The WISH Appeal has raised over £1 million and in 2010 we opened a further unit. This bungalow provides a self contained home for two residents and two seperate respite bedrooms.
We are currently raising funds for our WISH Appeal to improve our independent living flats and administration building. There are currently three independent living flats, which were installed during the first build of the centre. Our aim is to create new purpose built independent living flats with communal spaces and modernisation throughout.
Our administration building is currently only accessible by stairs or by lift. We plan to create a new purpose built administration building within the grounds of Lincolnshire House that will be user friendly and accessible by all.
Philosophy of Care
We encourage the residents at Lincolnshire House to exercise their rights in full and they are fully included in decisions that affect their lives. The following rights and values are at the forefront of our philosophy of care:
- Valuing the Individual – respecting the resident’s rights. A belief in the individual, in what makes individual’s unique.
- Privacy – a fundamental right which all recognise at Lincolnshire House.
- Involvement and Responsibility – all residents have the right to participate in the management of Lincolnshire House. Resident’s are represented on the executive council, a resident is the Chairperson, there are resident committees, fund raising and activity committees which have representation from the residents. The residents are also involved in selecting new staff.
- Security – residents expect to live in a safe and secure environment.
- Independence – residents are encouraged and supported to be independent and are encouraged to take reasonable risks as part of their independent lifestyle.
- Quality Care – Lincolnshire House is driven by the needs, abilities and aspirations of the residents not by what staff, management or any other group would like. We aim to provide the best possible care. Staff are trained to high standards to meet the resident’s needs. We continue to develop our services and improve the community for people with disabilities.