The Care First Group was first established in 1996 with an aim of improving the quality of life, through vocational training, of adults aged 16+ with learning difficulties/disabilities, autism, mental health and behaviours of concern. It soon opened its Care First College, a specialist training and development college that works closely with mainstream colleges to deliver City and Guilds approved curriculum based training.
Every year, students from the college hold a Summer Fair to help raise funds for Care First, as well as to help raise awareness of the college, it’s aims and what it means to the students. I was honoured to be the guest of honour at this year’s event and I took along my youngest son, Elijah, as my consort. It was a fantastic opportunity to talk to the students and learn more about the Care First Group, and it was both humbling and inspirational to see the wonderful work they do.
I was shocked to learn that the majority of young adults with learning disabilities and no support network potentially face the prospect of either prison or being sectioned. This is why organisations such as The First Care Group is so imperative and crucial to the young people of Stafford, and why I will continue to support this amazing organisation.