About us

Service users complete a jigsaw

The Wilf Ward Family Trust was founded in November 1986 to give relief to carers through the provision of residential respite units and day facilities. Our work began when our founding Trustees Wilf and Phyllis Ward established Isabella Court in Pickering as a Short Break service for people with disabilities. Since then The Trust has grown significantly and now offers a large range of supported living accommodation and residential care services, as well as specialist holiday accommodation.

We currently operate across the Yorkshire and Humber regions and employ over 1100 staff. We can offer jobs and career opportunities for positions including support workers and managers across more than 80 individual services.

We are committed to the principles of personalisation, involvement, inclusion & community engagement, and always place the people we support at the centre of all that we do.

We believe that by providing great living environments, we create a place of safety where individuals can experience meaningful opportunities, be involved in their community, and live independent lifestyles.

Who was Wilf Ward?

“When my wife Phyllis and I first had the idea of founding a charitable trust to help families with special needs, we hardly realised how our idea would grow.”

Continue reading