Who we are
Choice Support is a national charity supporting people with autism, learning disabilities and mental health needs.
We put you at the centre of everything we do, so that you get support that truly meets your needs.
We value people for who they are, and we expect everyone we support to be respected in society. Nobody should be held back from achieving their dreams because of their disability. We believe that with the right support everyone can live the life they choose.
We've merged with mcch
In 2019 we doubled in size as we merged with mcch, a charity with a 30-year history of supporting people with autism, learning disabilities and mental health needs. We now support around 2,300 people and employ around 3,000 staff. We decided to keep the name Choice Support as it accurately describes what we do.
A group approach
Over the years Choice Support has expanded, bringing in similar organisations, who share our values, to the group. In addition to the 2019 merger with mcch, over the last few years we have merged with the Lady Verdin Trust and the Burgess Autistic Trust.
Our expertise has strengthened through our merger with mcch. We have a skilled housing management team who help people to manage their tenancies and we are developing new properties with a focus on transforming care. Our mental health work has now expanded with additional forensic mental health schemes and supported employment services.
In 2017, we formed a strategic alliance with Respond. Formed in 1991, Respond works to lessen the effect of trauma and abuse on people with learning disabilities and/or autism, their families and supporters, through psychotherapy, advice, training, education and research.
How did we get here?
In the 1980s the Government decided to close long stay hospitals/institutions, replacing them with community based support and housing. That's when we started work, in 1984, supporting people in their journey to a more independent life. Times have changed, but today we're still focused on supporting people to live the lives they want and deserve.
Board of Trustees
Choice Support is governed by a Board of voluntary Trustees. Find out more about our Trustees.
We are led by a team of Directors. Find out more about them here.
Read our latest financial statements and Partnership Support Group (PSG) senior managers' remuneration policy here.
Our Gender Pay Report
Choice Support believes in treating all our employees fairly and in accordance with our legal obligations, part of that is ensuring that men and women are both paid the same for work of equal value.
Accreditation's and memberships
We believe everyone has the right to work, which is why we're a Disability Confident and Mindful employer. We are regulated by the Care Quality Commission, who inspect our residential care homes. We also work with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to employ Experts by Experience, to help CQC inspect services in their central region.
We are proud to be members of VoDG (Voluntary Organisations Disability Group), LDE (Learning Disability England), and the Association of Mental Health Providers, giving us a stronger voice in the sector. As a charity, we have high standards when it comes to fundraising. Donating to or fundraising for charities is a big responsibility and you need to feel assured that your donation will be handled securely and will be spent effectively. That's one of the reasons why we're registered with the Fundraising Regulator.