A little History
Care First was established in 1996 to address the needs of adults with learning difficulties and disabilities in a variety of settings, within the community. Since then, it’s expanded the learning provision to also include adults who learn differently as well as adults with brain injuries, mental health, physical disabilities and challenging behaviour.
Skills Tank exists to enrich the lives of adults, 18+, with Learning Difficulties/Disabilities, Challenging Behaviour, Mental Health and/or Autistic Spectrum Disorder, as well as help take the pressure off carers 5 days a week.
It's all about working tirelessly to develop the adult you care for through a wide variety of
exciting, practical and proven learning opportunities. These learning opportunities are delivered at our premises and out in the community by our dedicated staff, under the guidance of team leaders and learning mentors, all of whom are fully DBS checked.
Care First successfully launched Skills Tank in 2007, initially in the Collingwood Community Centre at Pheasey and Paget Community Focus in Erdington Birmingham. Due to demand we combined the two groups and moved into our own premises, Signal House, Baltimore Road, Great Barr in 2009.
Our partnership has always continued with Collingwood as the students enjoy indoor exercise in the sports hall and they’ve developed a wonderful garden, growing a range of flowers, soft fruit and vegetables. With Signal House fast reaching full capacity we’ve taken on extra space to create a dedicated Skills Tank facility at Collingwood in January 2013.
Now with a strong history of success (do look at the case studies section) and growing demand there are now Skills Tanks in Tamworth, Kings Norton as well as additional capacity at Great Barr with the addition of Station House and Pheasey Park Farm Community Centre.