About us

Outward is a forward-thinking and inclusive charity that works across ten London Boroughs to support people to live with dignity and purpose.

We support: people with learning disabilities, including a specialised service that supports people on the autism spectrum, older people, people with mental health issues, and young people at risk.

Our work is diverse, from supporting people to live independently in their own homes to providing safe, secure accommodation and tailored support when and where it is needed. Everything we do is about enabling people to have greater choice, independence and control over how they live their own lives.

Please take a few minutes to have a read of our latest Annual Report here, to learn more about how we have made a difference in our local communities over the last 12-18 months.

...or watch our special 40th anniversary video below to see how we have engaged, enabled and empowered people since 1975.


Our History - Engaging, Enabling and Empowering

We have been supporting people for more than forty years and are committed to the values of Engaging, Enabling and Empowering.

1975 - We were set up in Waltham Forest in 1975 by a group of parents who were keen for their children with learning disabilities to live their lives outside of institutional care; ‘out of the wards’.

1977 - The first four tenants move into a shared house. Over the next ten years, the organisation grows, propelled by a core group of volunteers working with staff from the London Borough of Waltham Forest Social Services Department and Newlon Housing Trust.

1986 - The organisation is incorporated as a limited company, and employs its first paid member of staff.

1987-2000 - We develop our services to provide residential care homes, day services and community outreach to people with learning disabilities. We open two care homes for frail elderly women with learning disabilities as part of the Leytonstone House re-provision exercise.

2001 - Outward Housing joins the Newlon Housing Group.

2002 - Tower Hamlets Consortium transfers its assets and liabilities over to Outward Housing.

2006 - Outward launches its Specialist Autism Service and Newlon transfers its supported housing function over to Outward.

2008 – Outward opens a transition service for young people in Hackney. Newlon and Outward develop HOLD; a shared ownership scheme for people with long-term disabilities.

2011 - Our Future Jobs initiative funds a two-year programme to train young unemployed people for a career in social care.

2012 - We invest in Nutley Edge Cottages, a beautiful holiday destination in East Sussex, to provide rural retreat holidays for vulnerable people.

2014 - Outward recruits and funds training for eight customers with learning disabilities to become Quality Checkers, to ensure that our services are meeting the rigorous standards of the people we support.

2015 - We start running the Hackney FoodCycle hub, taking surplus food donations from independent retailers and larger supermarkets, and cooking these into free 3-course meals for those at risk of food poverty and social isolation. The hub is run completely by volunteers.

2016 - We run a full programme of supported Activity Breaks at Nutley Edge for adults with learning disabilities and on the autistic spectrum. The holidays are a real hit with guests!

Outward Today

  • manages over 800 properties

  • operates 36 care and support services

  • employs over 450 staff

  • delivers 33,000 volunteer hours to over 900 people each year

  • works across ten London boroughs.

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