Background

The “BETTER LIVING” Project Co-ordinator is MAGGIE GILBERT, who has more than 40 years’ experience in practical, hands-on care for the very young, the elderly and the learning disabled.  She cared for her elderly parents in their latter years until her father died from cancer in August 2000, and her mother from Alzheimer’s disease in January 2004, but her core experience in the Care Sector comes from the youngest of her three children – THEA – being classified as a “Failed Cot Death” at the age of 9 weeks.  Thea is now 41 years old, but with the developmental age of circa 18 months – with no speech, semi-continent and needing help with everything.

Driven by this experience and by her strong desire to do the utmost for her daughter, Maggie has been extremely active in the Voluntary Sector for over 30 years – creating, organising and managing services for children and young people with disabilities, and support for their families – where these support systems did not previously exist.  She was personally responsible for the registration and management of the following Charities, and was also responsible – in July 1997 – for merging the three * indicated Charities into “The Springboard Project” – a Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee – with a subsidiary trading company called “Springboard Trading Ltd.” – designed to generate income to support the charitable work.

The Rainbow Club                       Reg. No. 286405         30/06/83

 Grasshoppers*                            Reg. No. 803471         02/07/90

The Springboard Project*             Reg. No. 1014270      01/09/92

Horsham Toy & Leisure Library*   Reg. No. 1036015    11/04/94

Maggie has the support of a committed Board of Trustees who are all professionals in their diverse fields.  She draws on a wealth of personal knowledge and experience in the sector, and also has the vision, tenacity and drive to take this Project forward.  The implicit concept of “Holistic Care” within “BETTER LIVING” is hers, and the care definition which emerges will, for excellent personal reasons, be labelled: