How we were formed?
The Norman Laud Association is a registered charity, founded in 1961 by a group of local, enthusiastic volunteers who wanted to help parents with disabled children based in Sutton Coldfield. Norman Laud, the local councillor, was extremely instrumental in acquiring the land and premises at our Birmingham Road site where the nursery began in 1966. Sadly he passed at the age of 60, before the nursery opened, so it was fitting to name the nursery after him, and the Association remains named in memory of his inspiration today.
What do we do?
Our work has evolved over the years. We now care for children and adults with special needs to whom we fondly refer to as “guests”. We provide a range of day and short break respite care services for our guests to provide them with a “home from home”. Many of the guests that are cared for are profoundly disabled making the respite period invaluable to both carers and guests.
During the respite period, we aim to promote each guest’s independence ensuring they reach their full potential in life. Our specialist service gives our families the confidence that their loved ones are receiving one to one care in a fun and stimulating environment, specially designed for their complex needs, which allows the carers that time to spend with other siblings or simply take a short break away from what is a demanding and exhausting role.
The 7 Pools Run and Cinder Path Run support
We are delighted and privileged to have been chosen to be the sole beneficiary from the funds raised through both the 7 Pools Run and Cinder Path Run each year. This support is extremely important to us, so much so the cross country runs are 2 of the main fundraising events that happen in our calendar.
The benefits to us are immense. Over the years the money from the 7 Pools and Cinder Path runs have contributed to a sensory room, sensory garden, specially adapted playground equipment and soft play area to be added to our facilities. This on-going, much appreciated support is crucial in the drive to raise £200,000 per year required to fund the services we offer, which are truly significant to provide families in the West Midlands, who care for a person with special needs, that vital lifeline.
We rely heavily on voluntary income, to ensure we sustain the high standards of care we provide, and to further develop our services and provide all the specialised equipment we need.