Brian and Jackie Richardson established The Richardson Partnership for Care in 1989, when they opened up their own home in Northampton to support people with learning disabilities. They soon realised that there was also a need for specialist residential care for adults with acquired brain injury. So, in 1994, they used their experience and skills to open another specialist residential care home.
Richardson Care has grown to encompass six homes and the family atmosphere and desire to provide a positive and supportive environment remain. The second generation of the family, Laura Richardson-Cheater and her husband, Greg, now run the business.
We believe that environment and social inclusion are at the heart of fulfilment, and combined with clinical care, these lead to enhanced quality of life and successful rehabilitation. Everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, and our experience has demonstrated that even people who present with the most challenging behaviour can be supported to achieve their potential and be happy.
Over the years, ‘Richardson’ has become more than a family name and the name of the organisation. It has become a brand that encompasses the values that we stand for: high quality care, professionalism and placing the service user at the centre of everything we do. Therefore after celebrating our 30th anniversary in 2019, we decided to update our identity to reflect this and became Richardson Care.
Richardson Care is still a privately-owned family business with Laura and Greg Richardson-Cheater at the helm, supported by Operational & Clinical Officer, Jane Payne. We continue to innovate and focus on enabling service users to have a better quality of life, supporting them to fulfil their potential as valued and respected human beings.
1989 – Brian and Jackie Richardson open the first home for 10 adults with learning disabilities, in Clarence Avenue, Northampton
1992 – Greg Cheater completes a volunteer placement
1993 – A second home in Clarence Avenue opens for 4 people with learning disabilities
1994 – 144 Boughton Green Road opens for 14 people with acquired brain injuries
1995 – Greg returns as a Senior Care Support Worker
2000 – Laura Richardson becomes a Partner
2003 – 23 Duston Road opens for 10 people with acquired brain injuries
2003 – Jane Payne joins as Registered Homes Manager
2003 – Greg becomes a Partner, Laura & Greg take over the day-to-management of the organisation
2004 – Julita Frackowska joins as Assistant Psychologist
2007 – 2 & 8 Kingsthorpe Grove open, and service users move from Clarence Avenue
2009 – ‘Martin the Music Man’ starts providing Music Enrichment activities
2010 – The Richardson Mews opens – a home for 25 adults with acquired brain injury
2011 – Jane Payne becomes Service Manager
2011 – Jacky Johnson joins as Homes Manager at 144 Boughton Green Road
2011 – Guy Stewart, Chartered Physiotherapist, joins the multi-disciplinary team
2012 – Tally Thumwood joins Richardson Care as an Activity Support Worker
2013 – The Richardson Partnership for Care gains ASDAN Accreditation
2014 – The Richardson Partnership for Care celebrates its 25th anniversary
2014 – Dr Seth Mensah, Consultant Neuropsychiatrist & Dr Pedro Areias Grilo, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, join the multi-disciplinary team
2015 – The Richardson Mews & 144 Boughton Green Road gain Headway Approved Provider Status
2015 – Gill Ayris joins the Admissions & Referrals Team
2016 – Helen Petrie becomes Homes Manager at The Richardson Mews
2019 – The Coach House opens, a home for 11 adults with acquired brain injury
2019 – The focus of 23 Duston Road changes from acquired brain injury to support for adults with dual diagnosis, learning disabilities and complex needs
2019 – The organisation celebrates 30 years
2020 – “The Richardson Partnership for Care” rebrands to become “Richardson Care”
2020 – Tally Thumwood promoted to Homes Manager at 2 & 8 Kingsthorpe Grove
2021 – Nikki Hives joins as Homes Manager at The Coach House