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Our History

In 2021, we celebrated our 33rd anniversary. With Community Integrated Care being one of the original pioneers of the Care in the Community agenda, and growing to become one of Britain’s most innovative and successful care providers, our history not only marks an ongoing milestone for our charity but also for the social care sector.

Community Integrated Care was founded in 1988 by Dr David Robertson, with the vision of supporting people with care needs to move from institutional hospitals to living with independence in the community. David established our charity with the clear belief in social inclusion and the power of communities. The guiding principles with which David formed our charity will remain an indelible part of our organisational DNA, as we look forward to creating a new legacy of social change in the decades to come.

I felt that colleagues were constrained by outdated and institutional practices, which held them back from doing their best - I wanted to provide an alternative. When I look at how we have grown across the UK and think about the amount of people that we have supported, I feel an enormous amount of pride.

Dr David Robertson - Founder

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Our Timeline

1988-1998

  • 15th March 1988 – Community Integrated Care registered as a charity, following the closure of long-stay hospitals. Its mission: to provide support based upon the principles of choice, dignity and respect in the community.
  • 1988 – Community Integrated Care took over its first-ever services from the charity, Mind. These included Ship Steet, Frederick Street, Ireland Street and Inglenook in Halton. The first long-stay hospitals to close in the area included Rainhill, Crossley, Olive Mount and Dutton.
  • 1988-1993 – Community Integrated Care grew its learning disabilities, mental health and older people’s services across Cheshire and Merseyside.
  • 1993 – Community Integrated Care opened its first services and regional office in the North East, based in Darlington.
  • 1994 – 1996 – Between 1994 and 1996, Community Integrated Care began supporting people in new areas, including Cumbria, Leeds, Hampshire and Surrey.
  • 1997 – Community Integrated Care opened its first service in Scotland – Muirs Court in Edinburgh. This service has thrived in recent years, with one person supported completing a skydive in 2014!
  • 1998 – Community Integrated Care opened its first service in Aberdeenshire – an area that’s continued to expand throughout the last 20 years.

1999-2008

  • 1999-2002 – Community Integrated Care opened its first Alcohol, Addiction and Homelessness services between 1999 and 2002. These services proudly transformed lives across Merseyside and Cheshire for over a decade.
  • 2007 – Community Integrated Care opened a new group of learning disability and mental health services in Leicester, which in 2017 achieved Community Integrated Care’s first ‘Outstanding’ CQC rating.
  • 2008 – Community Integrated Care celebrated its 20th anniversary, becoming the  57th largest charity in the UK, supporting over 2,000 people in 200 settings.

2009-2018

  • 2009 – The first of many thriving sport partnerships kicked off with Middlesbrough FC foundation supporting social care projects in the community.
  • 2012 – Our new model of dementia care, EachStep, launched in Blackley, Manchester.
  • 2013 – We celebrated our 25th anniversary and unveiled our exciting rebrand.
  • 2015 – We proudly opened our first services in Sheffield and Nottingham. We also launched the Golden Thread, our personalisation project which brings to live the principles of the Care Act.
  • 2018 – Community Integrated Care celebrated its 30th anniversary, taking the 45th spot as largest charity in the UK. 2018 was a big year for the charity as we launched our ambitious We Dare Strategy and merged with Age Exchange, the leading reminiscence-led dementia arts charity based in Blackheath.

2019-Present

  • 2019 – Community Integrated Care was proudly recognised as Charity Times Charity of the Year. The year also saw the launch of the ground-breaking Community Integrated Care Learning Disability Super League, changing lives and perceptions through the power of sport.
  • 2020 – With a global pandemic taking hold, the charity sought to protect its people and stand up for social care. Community Integrated Care featured in the national media holding the Government to account, also taking the brave step of creating an award-winning Panorama programme to document the first wave of Covid-19 within social care.
  • 2021 – The charity launched its very first Diversity & Inclusion plan, ‘A Place I Belong’, setting out commitments to become an even more inclusive, diverse and equal organisation. We merged with Life Opportunities Trust, a specialist learning disability charity that supported more than 100 people with over 160 colleagues based throughout London and Hertfordshire. Community Integrated Care is the official social care partner of the Rugby League World Cup 2021, creating unique inclusion opportunities for those with support needs, the likes of which have never been seen before in sport.