Family Support

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Family support groups are a great way to meet others for practical and emotional support. Most support groups are set up and run by parents and carers of people with additional needs.

The Trust firmly believes that families and significant others play a vital role in the continuing care of their loved ones and we very much welcome their involvement and input. After all, they have entrusted us with their most precious possession.

We are very proud of our family support group “Carers and Sharers” which is available to families whose sons or daughters live here or access any of the Trust’s facilities.

 We offer:

  • friendship
  • opportunities to socialise and meet other people in a similar position
  • information and advice
  • emotional and moral support
  • confidentiality
  • always a listening ear
  • a regular meeting place

 Topics we have discussed are:

  • Benefits
  • Wills and Trusts
  • Future Projects at The Orchard Trust
  • End of Life Information
  • Carers Gloucestershire
  • Making Activities Matter
  • Person Centred Planning and Approach


All meetings are on Friday afternoon's at The Lodge, Upper Stowfield from 2 - 4pm


Dates for 2019 are as follows:

  • 8th March
  • 21st June
  • 6th September 
  • 6th December

 All parents/carers/family members of people who live and attend any of the Orchard Trust services are most welcome to join us.


If you would like further information about the group, please contact Val Howard on 01594 861137 or email

If you would like to speak to someone about benefits/entitlements, please contact Fran Palmer on 01594 861137 or email

We look forward to hearing from you