History

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    The inspiration for halow came from Harriet, Amber, Laura, Oliver and William, each having a learning disability.  Their parents, all friends, came together at the beginning of 2006 concerned with the prospect for their children's future and others like them. Passionate that these young people should lead positive and happy lives, near their own friends and families in Surrey, the parents established the halow project.

    From one room and one person in 2006, halow has grown to employ 20 office based staff, with 45 Buddies and 55 volunteers.  We support just under 200 young people in their quest to lead meaningful, independent lives.

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    The first major turning point in our growth story was in June 2008 when Yvonne Hignell came on board as Project Director - by November of that year, Yvonne had produced a business plan, halow had moved into an office in Quarry Street. In January of 2009, Jason Butcher had joined and started setting up social activities for the young people.  By March, halow had secured its first tranche of Surrey Short Breaks funding and by June, funding was obtained from Learning Disability Development to set up our Building Futures programme and the first website was kindly designed and donated by Room 11. That summer also saw our first major activity, with 36 young people and volunteers attending the WOMAD festival.

    Over the last three years, halow has developed beyond all expectations. Since the beginning of 2009, we have created a significant organisation, seen as a specialist in our field, not only by young people and their parents but also by the local authority and the wider third sector.