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who are the norman laud association?
The History of The Norman Laud Association
The Norman Laud Association was first started more than 50 years ago when a group of local enthusiastic parents most of whom had a medical background and supported by Doctor Preston, a local GP at the time acquired rooms at a nearby clinic in the Boldmere area of Sutton Coldfield. From this clinic in July 1961 a nursery for a small group of children all with physical and learning disabilities was opened just for a few hours one afternoon a week.
Mr Norman Laud, a local councillor, soon became aware of ‘this little nursery’ and encouraged the support of local groups to fundraise for basic equipment to help. Word soon spread resulting in more children attending and more volunteers coming forward to help and it soon became apparent that a purpose-built building would be needed to meet the demand; so with more fundraising and an anonymous donation of £5000, in December 1962 building plans were drawn up to build premises on a local site on land on the Birmingham Road in Wylde Green.
Thus early in 1964, still supported by Councillor Laud, the nursery opened its doors but sadly less than two years later Norman Laud suddenly died aged 60 so didn’t really get to appreciate the fruits of his labour .
After 10 years of providing respite care solely for nursery age children, many parents were asking for provision for older children and so by 1974 planning permission had been granted to extend the nursery building to build a short stay respite home where children could stay overnight. This was officially opened by HRH Princess Alexandra in July 1979.
By 1996 care was extended to the over-18’s and with the enormous help of Sutton Coldfield Municipal Charities (now Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust), other fundraising and a large grant from the National Lottery, Emscote House was finally opened for adults.
Since its inception The Association has grown and seen many changes over the years supporting children and adults with learning and physical disabilities both locally and further afield. In June 1996 The Norman Laud Association was officially registered as a charity with the Charity Commission and in 2004 became incorporated and registered as a Company Limited by Guarantee with Companies House whilst retaining its charitable status.
The Association is still thriving today offering much needed support to children, adults and their families.
— Our Services
Lime Grove House, Children’s Short Stay Home providing overnight and day provision during weekends and holidays for children aged 7-18 years
Emscote House offers Short Break Services for Young adults, aged 18 – 65 years
We also have a charity shop based in Wylde Green which is open from 9:30 to 17:00 Monday to Saturday.
— Our Aspiration
Our aspiration for our service users is to enhance their social experiences, develop and maintain skills for independence, support individual interests and build resilience so they are equipped for the every changes in our lives.
— Our Patrons
Rt Hon The Earl of Aylesford
Rt Hon Sir Norman Fowler
Rt Worshipful The Lord Mayor of Birmingham