Making a difference

"This wonderful home is all we hoped it would be and is a benchmark for others caring for profoundly disabled young people. We have been particularly impressed with the emphasis on the care of each resident as an individual, with the programme of activities and therapies both on-site and externally, with the high standards of care and training and quite simply with the love and security in which staff 'cocoon' all the residents - a true home in every sense of the word."

About Martha Trust

Martha House and Sophie House are managed on a not-for-profit basis by a Board of local Trustees who include the Founders of the Trust. The first resident was welcomed to Martha House in January 1997, and at Sophie House on the 1st October 2012.

Both nursing homes have been carefully designed for wheelchair users and incorporates a wide variety of specialised fittings, such as baths, hoists and beds.


'The Therapy Centre' attached to both homes offers a wide range of therapies including: hydrotherapy, physiotherapy, aromatherapy, music, art, speech and multi-sensory therapies.

Both homes have large landscaped gardens which have been designed and planned to be fully accessable to wheelchairs. The gardens provide important elements for therapy and sensory stimulation with seating areas allowing families to sit with their son or daughter in a peaceful environment.

Our Residents

Martha Trust is unique because we have no geographical boundary or age limit. Moving house is a very difficult experience for anyone but if you are unable to understand what is happening this can become quite stressful to an individual and their family.

We fully understand how difficult it must be when a son or daughter is admitted for lifelong care. Both homes have a family room with en-suite facilities to enable parents to stay whilst their child settles in. Parents and relatives are welcome to visit at any time however it must be understood that the home accommodates several people and that their visit should not impige on the care provided to others.

This facility can also be used if the resident is unwell and the family wish to stay.

The homes are registered by the Care Quality Commission as Nursing Homes which provide permanent and respite care for both children and adults. The people living at Martha House and Sophie House have complex needs, and are totally dependent, requiring constant one-to-one attention and nursing care.