The Early Days
Bethphage was founded in 1994 when Donna Werner, an executive of Bethphage in the US (now Mosaic), came to the UK. After visiting a long stay hospital (institution) that accommodated people with learning disabilities and mental health difficulties, Donna witnessed a person sitting alone, tearing up a magazine into pieces to keep them amused. Such was her passion to support and enable people with learning disabilities to live in “Inclusive Communities” where all people have the opportunity to live the life they choose, (Our Vision today) that she spoke to commissioners in Shropshire about the potential for providing UK services. This move for the people we then supported, was part of the hospital resettlement programme. Initially managed from the US, Bethphage soon became a free-standing UK organisation supported by our American parent.
Bethphage in the US was established in 1913 in Axtell Nebraska, by a young Swedish pastor, named K.G. William Dahl. He pursued his vision of creating homes for people with epilepsy and other disabilities who were previously kept in prison-like settings called county poor farms. 54 members of the Axtell community donated at least $1 each to help Dahl build his mission.
Bethphage is a charitable and specialist provider of support for adults (18+) with learning disabilities. We provide a diverse range of care and support services for more than 150 adults with learning disabilities and/or autism and mental health needs across Shropshire and the West Midlands.
What We Do
Our support varies depending on the person’s needs, ranging from two hours a week to 24 hours day and night. Support is provided in people’s own homes, their family home, in individual or shared tenancies and out in the community. We support people in small group settings or on an individual basis. Ultimately, Bethphage’s aims are always the same, offering “Person-Centered” support to help people connect with their community through meaningful activities and interests.
Supported Living is a model of service, enabling people to live in their own home, single occupancy or shared with other people, with the support each person needs, whether that’s 24 hours a day or less. Support is person-centred and enables people to be as independent as possible. Each person is a tenant, of the property they occupy, with a tenancy agreement and this provides them with the security to live in their own home with the support they need and have the same rights and responsibilities that other people in the community experience.
Supported Living gives people control over the support they receive, living where they want, how they want, with whom they want, for as long as they want.
We provide some fantastic educational and fun Day Opportunities across Shropshire including crafts, farming and rural, community activities and operate a public library. Oak Farm, Innage Lane and Our Space are all very different community based services that offer a range of interactive, socially inclusive and exciting opportunities for the adults we support, the local community, and all our volunteers.
Most people we support have a learning disability and some have autism, mental health needs, a physical disability, sensory impairment, dementia or needs associated with ageing. We have a fully qualified team that provides specialist support for people who may need a little extra help because of their physical disability, sensory impairment, mental health needs or autism.
With more than 350 trained and dedicated staff we deliver 7500 hours of support each week, we are extremely proud to hold a “Good” CQC rating across all our services in all our domains.
Bethphage has developed into a thriving, user-led organisation and principal point for many people with learning disabilities (and their families and carers) who benefit from our charity’s valuable services.
Working in Partnership with a range of highly skilled professionals and organisations – Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Speech and Language Specialists, GPs, Social Workers and others, Bethphage ensures that all the needs of the people we support are met.
“Staff had developed close and trusting relationships and detailed care plans with the people they supported, were aware of their life histories and their expressed preferences.”
CQC Inspection Bradbury Court 2019
Latest Bethphage News
The theme for this year’s Learning Disability Week is Arts and Creativity, to kick off the week we spoke to our day opportunity Innage Lane!
Our support can vary from 2 hours a week to 24 hours a day, and is always tailored to the person’s wants and needs. Read about Lucy’s support here!
We are starting our “day in the life” project with Ben, who has been supported by Bethphage for four years. Read more about Ben’s day here…
8 Longbow Close
Tel: 01743 272880
North Shropshire Area Office
Tel: 01948 804901
West Midlands Office
17 Lichfield Street
Tel: 01922 660813
Telford Area Office
Park Lane Centre
Tel: 01952 457382