Help us make history!


Stanley Grange Community Association is a charity with an incredible story. Six years ago, a group of families with relatives living at Stanley Grange came together with a common goal. They found inner strength, discovered hidden skills and pooled all their resilience and resources to save this community of homes for adults with learning disabilities from government closure.


They would not accept ‘no’ for an answer. They even took their campaign to the House of Commons and eventually found a way to raise the money to buy the site. They also secured a care provider, Future Directions that was prepared to step in and provide support in an innovative partnership model.


Since then SGCA has raised over £1,624,000 towards a total refurbishment programme which will cost £2,502,000 and the charity is in a very different place. 42 adults with a range of learning disabilities and complex needs live in range of flats, bungalows and cottages around a central village green and community hall, with funding for activities and trips out in the charity mini-bus.


We have just appointed a new manager and will soon launch a five year business plan which will set out how we will go forward. We want to become a beacon of good practice. We would like to use arts, learning and creative enterprises to promote health and wellbeing for the people we support and the wider community. We want to open up our facilities, using our unique rural location and amazing spaces such as the garden centre, extensive grounds and Victorian barn.


We are now recruiting a team of trustees to help us create, launch and deliver an ambitious 5 year business plan to achieve our dreams. Fundamentally we are looking for board members who are caring. People who want to make a difference to the lives of others and who can help us with projects like our phased building development plans, communications and fundraising strategy and partnership vision.


We would love to hear from you if you can offer your professional skills, contacts and experience in any of the following areas;


  • Buildings maintenance and development projects
  • Inclusive arts, community engagement, creative partnerships and arts funding  
  • Finance and accounting
  • Human resources and volunteer management
  • Fundraising
  • Commercial experience, business enterprise and education partnerships
  • Collaboration, stakeholder management
  • Legal expertise
  • Charity governance
  • Branding, marketing and communications

As well as meeting on a monthly basis with the rest of the trustees, we need your experience and expertise to contribute to the work of small project teams who meet on an ad hoc basis to complete tasks and report back to the trustee board.


There are 8 board meetings and the annual general meeting every year which take place either on Zoom or in person. To apply or for more details, in the first instance please contact our manager, Harriet Roberts for an informal conversation and to arrange a tour (subject to Covid restrictions).