Where we've come from
Gofal Housing Trust
We were founded in 1990 as Gofal Housing Trust following the closure of Parc and Penyfai Hospitals in Bridgend, South Wales. Our aim was to provide high quality supported accommodation that enabled adults with severe and enduring mental health problems to make a safe and sustainable transition from institutional care to independence in local communities.
Our belief then, as it is today, was that people with mental health problems face prejudice and discrimination on many levels and in many areas of their lives. We believed that people with mental health problems had the right, as citizens, to a range of appropriate and accessible services, information, and choice; and the right to be consulted about their needs and wishes in relation to both service provision and development. It was our commitment to develop and provide a range of quality housing and support services which started with our first supported house and first member of staff in 1999.
In 2002, we changed our name from Gofal Housing Trust to Gofal Cymru in order to better reflect our growing range of services and move away from purely accommodation based support. Greater emphasis was placed on developing the range and reach of new and innovative services that reflected both local need and national developments in the mental health field.
By 2010, we had grown into an organisation supporting over 1600 people across 11 Welsh local authorities. We rebranded and repositioned ourselves as the charity that is 'thinking differently about mental health and wellbeing'. We redefined our vision and mission for the future and began trading as Gofal. We began a process of embedding our new vision across the organisation and implementing the recovery model across services. This work has seen us emerge as a leading Welsh mental health and wellbeing charity that is recognised for its knowledge and expertise, has the ability to influence mental health policy, strategy and legislation in Wales, and is having a positive lasting impact on the lives of the people that we support.