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 currently only 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
  • siblings very welcome


Topics discussed are:

  • Benefits
  • Wills and Trusts
  • Future projects at The Orchard Trust
  • End of Life information
  • Carers Gloucestershire


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

  • 16th February 2018
  • 18th May 2018
  • 17th August 2018
  • 16th November 2018


At our next meeting on 16th February we will be joined by Rachael Love, Trainer with The Orchard Trust who will be discussing "Making Activities Matter" and no doubt she will make this a fun and creative session. This along with the usual updates on developments at the Trust, so please join us.
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

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News and Events

  • 25/01/2018 2:48pm
  • Orchard Trust will be promoting Dignity Action day with a coffee morning on Thursday 1st Feb 2018.

  • 08/01/2018 3:25pm
  • Trust Our Voice put together a video about the group.  They all got involved videoing, being part of the film and helping with voice overs.