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10 year anniversary

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  • 27 September: Grampian Community Care Charitable Trust formed in response to plans for closure of long-stay learning disability hospitals Ladysbridge in Banff and Woodlands in Aberdeen.
  • New Special Needs Capital Grant becomes available from Scottish Homes, the government funding agency.
  • GCCCT registered as Company Limited by Guarantee, signed by the three partner Housing Associations Castlehill, Grampian and Langstane.
  • First Chair Michael Fitzpatrick of Langstane Housing Association, appointed.
  • First property purchased, in Bridge of Don for clients with mental health problems.


  • Property purchased and adapted in Kingswells for people with learning disabilities.
  • House in Huntly completed for clients leaving long-term hospital, part of larger Grampian Housing Association development.


  • Developments completed for 26 people in Longside, Elgin, Forres and Alford for families and people leaving hospital.
  • Further house purchased in Aberdeen.


  • Two houses purchased and adapted in Westhill Aberdeenshire for seven clients leaving Woodlands.
  • Two houses completed in Dufftown for families with physical disabilities.
  • Properties purchased in Turriff and Aberdeen.
  • Mosaic Partnership report published recommending changes to widen Board membership of GCCCT and appoint full time officer.
  • Former Councillor, Sheila Henderson appointed as first Independent Chair.


  • First full-time Manager appointed. Post funded for two years by Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray Councils, Scottish Homes and Grampian Health Board.
  • Rent policy approved by Board.


  • Official opening of Lossiemouth, specialist autism service.
  • Completion of seven–bedroom Peterculter Aberdeen development in partnership with Castlehill Housing Association.


  • Houses purchased in Banff and Skene for two individuals.
  • Developments completed in Whitehills, Huntly, New Deer, Portsoy and Aberdeen for a total of 30 tenants.


  • Refurbishment of Moray Council property in Fochabers leased to GCCCT, Elgin house refurbished and occupied by four elderly residents.
  • Development completed in Banff for nine residents, in partnership with Langstane.
  • Houses completed in Ellon for five people and one house purchased for Aberdeen family who moves in for Christmas.
  • Ladysbridge Hospital closes in January; Woodlands closes in June.


  • Property purchased in Aberdeen for family with autistic child.
  • Business Plan submitted to Communities Scotland.
  • Special Needs Capital Grant under review by European Parliament so no further developments can be approved.


  • Grant reinstated.
  • GCCCT displays for the first time at the Chartered Institute of Housing Conference as part of the North East Street with partner organisations.
  • Lewis Macdonald opens site start for 15-flat development in Garthdee, part of Pitfodels Hostel reprovisioning.


  • Elgin development on site in partnership with Grampian Housing Association.
  • Property purchased in Aberdeen for family with disabled child.
  • Devanha partnership of Housing Associations formed.
  • Trust celebrates its 10th Anniversary with open day at Barn & Bushel Thainstone Centre Inverurie.


  • Completion of a four-person house at Elgin for people with learning difficulties.
  • Completion of 15 flats for rent in Garthdee, Aberdeen for people with moderate physical and learning disabilities.
  • Purchase of house in Dyce for a family with a family member who is a wheelchair user.


  • Flat purchased in Aberdeen to provide accommodation for a person with learning difficulties.
  • Funding secured to build a house for a family with a disabled child.
  • The GCCCT Board proposes transferring its business and undertaking as a going concern to a host organisation as an entity in order to secure its future and identity as a provider and developer of special needs housing. (See noticeboard for details.) 

2009 to May 2010

  • After an assessment process of 18 months the Trust's Board identified Castlehill Housing Association as the preferred organisation with which to begin a detailed process of talks and hopefully agreement resulting in the Trust transferring to Castlehill. (see noticeboard for details)

1st October 2011

  • On 1st October 2011 Grampian Community Care Charitable Trust became a wholly controlled subsidiary of Castlehill Housing Association. (See noticeboard for details.)