A Charity founded in 1990 as a Charitable Trust by parents and friends of adults with learning difficulties to provide support to care homes and day centre facilities in East Kent.
Initially formed to help the residents of the FI Homes community situated in villages in the Vale of Elham, the Charity has created and developed day centre facilities for the residents of those homes and for others in the local area.
The Charity provides education, training, work-related opportunities and recreational pursuits at two centres and presently 52 residents of the Homes and 35 non-residents, living locally, attend each week.
Following the recent expansion of the Charity’s day centre operations and the need to have one or more trading subsidiaries, the Charity converted to a charitable company, limited by guarantee, with effect from 1st July 2010. It is now governed by a Memorandum and Articles of Association with independent Trustee/ Directors and a minority related by family to students of the day centres and residents of the care homes supported by the Charity.
There are two Centres located at Barham and at the Elham Valley Vineyard.
The students are encouraged to learn new skills and to attempt new challenges.
Management of the Centres is undertaken on the Trust's behalf by FIH Limited (FIH) a company run by an elected board of directors comprising parents/relatives of the residents. FIH employs a General Manager, Nikki Marley, to oversee the management of the centres with the day centre manager, Mike Theoff, and horticultural manager, Peter Buscall.
Running costs of the Centres are mainly covered by the sales of goods and produce and day care fees but the Trust is dependant upon donations for any shortfall, for capital expenditure and the financing of new projects.