On 1st November 1958 a new section of the College, Dorincourt, was able to admit its first residents, 22 men and 21 women.
Dame Georgiana described Dorincourt as a ‘unique opportunity for combining an industrial unit, already designed for that purpose, with an established Training College in a district eminently suited for the purpose and offering the fullest opportunity for further development.’ Dorincourt was suited to people with disabilities who could not be employed in open industry, either because they needed to work under special conditions, or no suitable employment was in reach of their homes, with their disability meaning they could not live in lodgings.
The two main sections were light electrical and manual work, and pottery. Over the years Dorincourt became less rigid in its structure; people could work in the workshop and live at home, or vice versa. Dorincourt is now an independent living service which helps people with complex disabilities to acquire key life skills and greater independence. The unique transitional service enables people to set and achieve their own goals.
Text and images courtesy of the Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People.