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Our History

An unconstituted ‘organisation’ of sorts was established by 2 Billericay parents of children with profound and multiple disabilities in 1979 in response to their and other local needs.

They started to provide a Saturday morning activity club in a church hall called ‘The Pied Piper Group’ with volunteers.

Those 2 parents recruited other people to support and develop the organisation.

A registered charity was established in 1982 with the title of ‘The Billericay & Essex Trust for the Severely Mentally Handicapped’.

The new charity moved into Hamelin House in 1982, the building needed a lot of refurbishment and adaption to meet the needs of children with disabilities.

Hamelin House opened and started to provide respite/short break care in May 1983.

The charity was re-constituted as a Company Limited by Guarantee having charitable status and with a name change to Hamelin Trust in 1991.

Since those early days the charity has grown and now offers a range of services, projects and activities to support disabled children and adults including; residential respite/short break services, domiciliary/community based support, resource bases for daytime/evening/weekend activities, supported accommodation, work experience/training projects, supported employment services, accredited training for members of staff, volunteers, and beneficiaries.

We are a registered charity (No. 1004432) supporting children and adults with disabilities and their families in Essex, Southend, Thurrock and beyond.

We are celebrating 35 years of service provision this year.