About Pendragon Community Trust
The Pendragon Community Trust was formed by a group of parents and carers together with other compassionate and committed professionals. The original aims of the trust to establish a village-type community in North Yorkshire for adults with learning disabilities has evolved over the past few years. Changes to the way services are funded, specifically Direct Payments and Person Centred approaches, as well as the closure of day centre services have identified a real priority for day service provision especially for those with more profound learning disabilities.
The Trust has, from the outset, been driven by the core ideals of a very deep respect for the adult with severe and complex needs. They regarded them as unique people with particular physical social and spiritual needs whose individuality can only be developed and enhanced through the quality of care and of the living environment created. It is all too easy to underestimate the sensitivity, the needs, the pleasures and the joys of those with more profound learning difficulties and therefore the importance and meaning of quality of environment and of experiences to them in terms of their wellbeing and development.
Our vision has evolved somewhat over the past few years. Changes to the way services are funded, specifically Direct Payments and Person Centred approaches, as well as the closure of day centre services and the new reliance on the “community” to provide for the needs of those with learning disabilities has led Pendragon to review the focus of its’ initial project and to identify a real priority for day service provision, especially for those with more profound learning disabilities. Pendragon’s experience and initial soundings indicate that there is a gap in the availability of quality support and opportunities for adults with special needs and their families and this has led it to develop a new vision. For the first phase of its’ ambitious long term project, it is now investigating the establishment of a centre that will provide a stimulating range of therapeutic and developmental activities and support for adults and children with learning disabilities, especially those with more profound needs.