In 2009, Inspire celebrated its 21st anniversary. 21 years of offering opportunities for an excellent quality of life for people with learning disabilities. In this time the organisation has grown to become one of Scotland’s best known learning disability charities with a wide range of support projects, aimed at providing a unique service tailored to each individual’s personal needs and requirements.
It’s been an exciting journey, from Inspire’s origins as Partnership Housing Ltd in 1988, to the launch of the Boulevard Campaign in 2005, and the awards and accreditations of late. The story is one of success, achievement and development, all the time focussing on one vision, improving the quality of life of those it supports.
Follow the Inspire adventure here:
1988     Established as Partnership Housing Ltd on 3rd October 1988 1989     First office opened at 55 Queens Lane South, Aberdeen 1990     First Partnership service opens in January at Fonthill Terrace, Aberdeen 1992     Move to new offices at Old Stoneywood Church, Bankhead, Aberdeen 1990 – 1993     Rapid period of growth and as a result Partnership Housing expands to having 29 services by the end of March 1993.
1990     Community Living Project(CLP), Aberdeen 1991     Moray 1990     Buckie 1991     Aberdeenshire 1991     Peterhead 1992     Elgin 1992     Stonehaven 1993     Archiestown 1992     Inverurie 1993     Banchory 1993     Ellon 1993     Huntly 1995     Person Centred Planning (PCP) implemented, a unique way of working with individuals with learning disabilities 1996     Achieved Investors in People status 1997     Training on Strategies for Crisis Intervention and Prevention implemented 1998     Partnership celebrates its 10th Birthday by hosting the conference ‘Grow Together’ at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre 1998     Partnership has a further period of growth 1998     Expansion of Community Living Projects in Aberdeen City and Shire 1998     Expansion of Rural Support Services in Inverurie and Independent Travel Project 2000     New service opened for people leaving children’s services 2001     First services for children launched 2001     Transitional Housing Benefit funds one of our services 2001     Service set up for people leaving hospital 2002     Service in Kemnay opened 2002     First ‘Sparkles’ disco held for the people we support 2003     www.partnershiphousing.org.uk launched
2004 – 2005 Further development of services
2004     SURG – Service Users Representation Group created 2005     Same as You Local Link started (now called Local Area Co-ordination) 2005     First Autism specific service opened in Balmedie 2005     ‘Moving On’ project in Inverurie created 2005     Partnership Housing has a ‘Dream’ – The Boulevard Project Campaign is launched 2006     Veitch Moir building on Aberdeen’s Beach Boulevard is demolished and foundations for the Boulevard Project are laid 2006     Partnership Housing Ltd becomes Inspire (Partnership Through Life) Ltd 2006     New property purchased in Aberdeen City 2007     Extension completed at one of our homes in Kincardine and Deeside 2007     Shire Social Support Groups created 2007     Huntly Day Service moved from Aberdeenshire Council to Inspire 2007     Boulevard Project completed, Inspire head office moves to its new home 2007     Inspire Venture Ltd set up as sister charity to Inspire and launch of two new social enterprises, Café Coast and Inspire Conferences 2007     Employment Scheme set up at the Boulevard Project providing progressive work training to those with learning disabilities 2008     The first students start on the employment scheme 2008     Accreditation from the National Autistic Society achieved by service at Balmedie 2008     SURG becomes ‘Positive People’ 2009     Inspire celebrates its 21st Birthday Year
2009     The build at Milton Wynd, Huntly is complete and the new tenants moved in November 2009 2010     The Organisation goes through a restructure to ensure that Inspire remains competitive in an increasingly difficult marketplace. This continued until early 2011. 2010     Inspired Soap is launched during Learning Disability week 2010 2010     Redmoss, Devanha and Loirston are closed and 13 individuals from these properties move into their own flats in the newly built Holland Street project, with Tenants First as landlords 2011     Café Academy is launched and the first students are welcomed in January 2011. 2011     The 1st floor of the Boulevard building is leased to Sport Aberdeen, and Inspire Conferences is dissolved. Café Coast becomes Café Coast with Meeting Rooms to accurately reflect these changes 2011     People supported at existing projects in Peterhead move into the newly renovated Threadneedle Street project. The property is owned by NTS and the landlords are Tenants First. 2011     Inspire prepares for the new system of direct payments