Brandon Trust

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Not to be confused with Brandon Trost.
Brandon Trust - Living a life logo with thumb print

Brandon Trust is a United Kingdom charitable organisation working with and for people with learning disabilities.


Brandon Trust is a charity which supports people with a learning disability to live the lives they choose. Brandon Trust offers a wide range of services: Supported living, Education, Work, Learning and Leisure, plus various types of registered Residential Services. Services are currently focused in London and the South West of England; Cornwall, Plymouth, North Somerset, Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, Wiltshire, South Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire. Brandon Trust has no 'parent or associated' companies however the charity works with a number of Housing associations including Advance, Western Challenge, Golden Lane and North Somerset Housing. The registered head office is in Patchway, Bristol.

Using person-centred approaches, Brandon Trust aims to identify the needs of each individual and deliver bespoke support, as each individual is unique with his/her own story. With the right kind of support people can experience a positive and rewarding life.

Brandon Trust has a substantial national profile and contributes regularly to Third Sector media including Community Care, Learning Disability Today and Community Connecting. Lucy Hurst-Brown (Chief Executive) is a trustee of the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG).

Brandon Trust's expertise is sought in sector-wide consultation events. Brandon Trust has contributed to and been involved with, for example:

Brandon Trust has also been the subject of a number of case studies including:

  • Personalisation: On the Edge of an Innovation by Sarah Thelwall, published by the Innovation Unit[3]
  • Personalising Care: A Route Map to Delivery for Care Providers, published by the English Community Care Association[4]
  • Employer and Community Innovation Case Study by the University of the West of England (U.W.E)[5]
  • Gain Without Pain: How the Voluntary Sector Can Help Deliver the Social Care Agenda for People with Disabilities by the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group[6]

Special Interest Groups (SIG)[edit]

Within Brandon Trust there are a number of Special Interest Groups which provide specialist knowledge and support in the following areas:

  • Autism
  • Assistive technology
  • Supported Living
  • Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities
  • Employment
  • Transforming Residential Care


Brandon Trust was formed in 1994 by the merger of the Buttress Trust with the South Avon Housing Association. In April 2000 Spectrum Day Services, previously part of the NHS, was transferred to Brandon Trust. Six years later the charity secured an innovative contract with the Gloucestershire Partnership. The following year, in 2007, Brandon began work in Cornwall, supporting over 90 adults with learning disabilities, all brokered on individual budgets. Its London operations started in November 2012 as part of a full merger with not-for-profit organisation Odyssey Care.


  1. ^ Life in the Community Project. Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities.
  2. ^ A Life Like Any Other - Human Rights of Adults with Learning Disabilities. A Joint House of Commons & House of Lords Committee Report on Human Rights. Department of Health. 7 May 2008.
  3. ^ Thelwall, Sarah. Personalisation: On the Edge of an Innovation. Innovation Unit. April 2010.
  4. ^ Personalising Care: A route map to delivery for care providers. English Community Care Association 2010.
  5. ^ Employer and Community Innovation Case Study. University of the West of England (U.W.E.). 2010.
  6. ^ Gain Without Pain: How the Voluntary Sector Can Help Deliver the Social Care Agenda for People with Disabilities. Voluntary Organisations Disability Group August 2010.

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