Style Acre was originally a residential care home in Brightwell-Cum-Sotwell, where young adults with learning disabilities and autism were supported. When the building was sold and the charity evolved, we decided to keep the name, as we were so well known locally.
Style Acre Friends was formed as a registered charity in 1992 by parents of people supported, who wanted to secure the future of the home when the owners decided to retire. They succeeded in raising the money to purchase the property and took over running the home in 1995, developing the person-centred ethos we delivery today.
In 2004, the residential home was sold and the money raised from its sale was used to purchase houses in local towns and villages. Style Acre Friends became ‘Style Acre’ and focused on providing support, while a separate charity was formed called Acre Housing, dealing with property.
Supported living teams were established to enable people to live with their friends and peers, to make decisions about their lives and to use community facilities. We developed our first day hub, Turnstyle, where people we supported could enjoy leisure and developmental activities.
In 2004, we were supporting 20 people – now we support 220!