|The Anthony Toby Homes Trust was founded in 1974 by a group of people working in the learning disability field, together with family members. They all strongly believed that people with learning disabilities should have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else, and their aim was to work together to make this happen.
In January 1988 the Trust opened its first home in Wokingham for a small group of people with learning disabilities, Ashwater House. The charity had worked enormously hard to make this dream a reality and had to fight prejudice and ignorance from certain quarters to achieve this. Later that year the Trust supported 8 more people to live a full active life in the community of Wokingham.
Since 1998, the Trust has extended its support to a total of 17 people in its Wokingham homes, Staverton and Ashton.
The organisation is now a charitable company limited by guarantee.
The Anthony Toby Homes Trust believes in quality care and consistent support, enabling people to make real choices about how they live their lives. People living in the Trust’s homes are able to live rewarding lives in their local community, fulfilling their potential in areas they choose, and having their rights, needs and wishes respected as valued and unique individuals.
We are really excited about our latest project, an accessible sensory garden and sensory room. This would further enhance the lives of the people we support and provide sensory stimulation, enjoyment and relaxation.
We have completed the first stage of the project by laying a wheelchair accessible pathway. We are now trying to raise funds to extend this to build a walkway lined with plants which stimulate the senses. This will lead to a garden studio furnished with multi sensory equipment. The sensory equipment will be primarily aimed at people with autism or dementia, but may also be used by everyone we support. We aim to provide a calm area where people can relax and unwind when things are too stressful for them, yet the room will provide sensory stimulation too.
We estimate that to finish our project we will need to raise £10,000. To date we have raised £3,000 by our own fundraising efforts and by donations. We also received a generous grant from the Wokingham Learning Disability Partnership Board to start up the project. Waitrose Community Matters supported us as one of their good causes and we would like to thank them for their help. We would also like to thank those family members and friends who so kindly donated to this exciting and very worthwhile project.
If you are able to help us in any way, however small, we would be really pleased to hear from you. You will find our contact details on the Contact page of this website.
Thank you very much!