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About The Hamelin Trust

The History of Hamelin Trust

Hamelin Trust is a registered charity (no: 1004432), which was formed in 1979 by the parents of two children with learning disabilities.

At that time there were few services available in Essex to help families who were caring for children with special needs. The parents formed ‘The Billericay and Essex Trust for the Severely Mentally Handicapped’, which became a registered charity in 1982. In 1983, Hamelin House in Billericay was the first service to be introduced to help meet the needs of parents, carers and their children.

The Trust has grown over the years as other needs have been identified through work and consultations with parents, carers, children and adults with learning disabilities, and other agencies.

In 1991 the name was changed to Hamelin Trust and charitable company status was established. However, the aims and primary object of the Trust have remained the same from the outset. These are to support people of all ages who have learning disabilities and/or a physical disability, sensory impairment or who may have a mental health problem.