Thera was established in 1998 supporting five people with a learning disability in Cambridgeshire. Thera wanted to show that people with a learning disability could take control of their day to day support but also have a controlling role in the company that provides that support. Thera supports over 3,000 people with a learning disability across England and Scotland and in 2017 it employed 12 people with a learning disability as paid leaders.
Over the years, Thera has developed a number of specialist services for beneficiaries specifically to address the varying needs of people with a learning disability. This is a key part of Thera's person-centred approach. This includes; working with companies to provide secure paid employment to people with a leaning disability; enrolling people with a learning disability in accredited qualifications; providing properties for tenants with a learning disability; and improving social inclusion through programmes such as Gig Buddies in Scotland.
This year, in line with its strategy, Thera has focused on growing its core services to people with a learning disability. It has increased not only its reach, by supporting more people than last year, but also its depth – by improving the quality of its services.
Thera has continued to learn from its impact results to gain insights into its performance and determine whether the organisation is reaching its goals and having a real impact on people with a learning disability.