We’ve achieved a lot since our organisation was founded in 1799! This year we celebrate our 220th birthday and what a year we’re having!

SeeAbility was founded by two Directors of the Bank of England and being able to reconnect to the Bank for our birthday year has been a particular highlight for us. We’ve also forged many other partnerships and those partnerships enable our organisational impact to multiply beyond what we previously thought possible.

Our birthday year presents a unique opportunity for us to acknowledge that while we’re completely committed to providing extraordinary care and support to people with disabilities, our role is increasingly to challenge what they expect from life, from themselves and from wider society.

People like Mary – who joined us in 1948 when she was 16 and who has been supported by SeeAbility for longer than anyone else. Today she lives in a home of her own, surrounded by her own belongings. The SeeAbility team are always ready to help her when she needs support but she has full control over her life.

And people like George, who joined the SeeAbility family in 2018. At 19 years old he is one of the youngest people we support and is achieving a huge amount. He is working his way towards becoming a professional cyclist and gets up at 5am every day to cycle for about four hours – all before heading off to work at his local Sainsbury’s branch. He lives in his own home supported by SeeAbility and relishes the freedom to pursue his cycling career and his ambitions, whilst still having specialist support available to him at any time.

Mary and George’s stories are not unique – all of the people we support and everyone who works at SeeAbility share the same goal for our landmark 220th year: to shine a light on people’s abilities and deliver opportunities for equal and meaningful participation for all.