Founded in 1966, MacIntyre is one man’s pioneering vision to provide lifelong care, education and development to a group of people with learning disabilities who would have otherwise spent their lives in institutions and long stay hospitals.
Our very first services, Westoning and Wingrave, were established on the principles of teaching people with learning disabilities to gain useful skills in environments where people worked and lived together.
Following changing Government Policy in the 1980’s, and the drive to close long-stay hospitals, MacIntyre expanded significantly, taking on the operational management of several new residential homes. By 1990, our concentration had become much more focused on community-based services such as supported living and lifelong learning and supporting people in their own homes, in line with the Registered Homes Act and NHS & Community Care Act drive to ensure more accountability within local authorities and services for the way in which people with learning disabilities were supported.
Today, MacIntyre is a sector leading national charity providing learning, support, education and care to over 1,500 children, young people and adults with learning disabilities, complex needs and autism, and their families across England and Wales.