November 2018

Richard Hirstwood is the founder and principal tutor for Hirstwood Training. His training courses have, and continue to be, experienced worldwide. He created this wonderful video of his experiences at Fernley Resource Centre.

He was impressed with the wonderful sensory corridors and tactile weave that was created at Fernley by members of the staff team working with people who have profound and multiple Learning disabilities.

Please do have a look at the video link below…


July 2018

The Gender Pay Gap legislation (developed by the Government Equalities Office) introduced in April 2017, requires all employers of 250 or more employees to publish their gender pay gap for relevant employees as of 31st March 2017. PSMG was not in scope last year but has now to publish its data. Please follow the link below for more info... 

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announcement - departure of social care director

May 2018

The Trustees announce that Nigel Turner will be leaving his position of Social Care Director for the Frances Taylor Foundation on 25 May 2018.

Nigel said:

It is with great regret that I have decided that this is the time that I should move on from the Frances Taylor Foundation. I came for 6 months – on an interim contract in 2010 – and have stayed almost 8 years. I am immensely honoured to have been a small part of so many achievements by the people who make up the Frances Taylor Foundation – the people we support, staff and managers - people with such enthusiasm, commitment and skill.

I am particularly proud of the way we have improved and modernised services, worked towards financial sustainability, and – of course – our 100% Good CQC ratings. Not only did we reach the Investors in People Silver standard in 2017, but became IIP Silver Employer of the Year, which was a tribute to the way our values and vision are embedded within the Frances Taylor Foundation.

While the current changes will inevitably lead to a feeling of some uncertainty, I am leaving with the knowledge that you have everything you need, with the support of the Trustees, to thrive, prosper and develop in future. 

I will return to my original plan from back in 2010, which was to develop a portfolio of non-executive and consultancy/interim roles. I will look on with eager anticipation of hearing of FTF’s further successes and achievements.   

Thank you so much to all who have made this such a positive, rewarding and enjoyable 8 years.

Sr. Rosarii O’Connor, Superior General, said:

The Trustees join with me in offering our sincere thanks to Nigel for his commitment to the vision and work of the Frances Taylor Foundation since 2010.  He has embraced the core values of the services of the Poor Servants of the Mother of God, commitment, compassion, empowerment, care and respect for the individual.

With his Directorate Team colleagues, he has gone beyond the call of duty in ensuring the Frances Taylor Foundation services are well-managed, comply with standards, and carry forward the tradition and charism of the Congregation.

We wish him well as he embraces his future plans with energy, dynamism and a vision of service to society.


On-line launch of FTF Booklet

January 2018

We are delighted today to launch the on-line version of a booklet about the Frances Taylor Foundation, told through the stories of people we support and the staff who support them.

We had very positive feedback when the print version launched late last year, and hope you enjoy reading about our work - in the words of people who are at the centre of who we are, and what we do. 


our extra care supported living service is outstandingly responsive

January 2018

This service supports people with learning disabilities and other needs, who live in two blocks of flats in Brighton and Hove. The latest inspection report from the Care Quality Commission [CQC] rated the service “Good” overall, and “Outstanding” in the area of being responsive to people’s changing needs.

The report says, “staff used innovative and individual ways of involving people and their family, friends and other carers in their care and support plans, so that they felt consulted, empowered, listened to and valued”. One visiting professional is quoted in the report: "This organisation is truly person centred. I have seen really positive results from the way they have worked with people to gain independence and try new things. People seem to flourish in this service."

Nigel Turner, FTF’s Social Care Director, said, “I am proud to be associated with this truly responsive service and I have congratulated everyone there on this remarkable CQC report. The service has helped maintain our record of all 13 FTF registered services being rated as Good, but has taken this to a new level in terms of creative and collaborative working to help people achieve their goals in life.”

IIP Silver Employer of the Year Awarded to Frances Taylor Foundation

November 2017

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We are thrilled to announce that the Frances Taylor Foundation was awarded the accolade of Silver Employer of the Year out of all of the organisations across the UK which have achieved the IIP Silver award in 2017 (with 250 to 5000 employees).

The national awards ceremony took place in Old Billingsgate in the City of London. Three members of our Directorate Team attended the ceremony, and received the trophy in person.

Nigel Turner, Social Care Director, said, "I am absolutely delighted and enormously proud that  the Frances Taylor Foundation has been selected as Silver Employer of the Year. This is a massive tribute to the work of everyone within the Frances Taylor Foundation, to build a positive, open, consultative, participative, respectful and caring culture."

We would like to say a special thank you to all FTF staff, who have worked extremely hard to make this happen.



July 2017


The Frances Taylor Foundation has been recognised as an Investor in People, following a thorough assessment process which involved face to face meetings with staff, and an on-line survey which 85% of staff completed. In the survey, we beat the care industry averages in all nine areas, and scored highest in “living the organisation’s values and behaviours”. 

The report said:

“The Foundation has a very clear vision in place and it is very clear how that underpins both strategic planning at the corporate level and operational delivery through the local services. Short and longer-term priorities are well communicated and, as a result, well understood throughout the organisation, and there is universal belief in the organisation and what it is striving to achieve. There is a significant level of confidence and trust in the senior leadership within the organisation, with people talking positively about their visibility and accessibility.”

We will now be working hard to aim for the next level, Gold, in three years’ time. This will involve annual reviews of progress with our IIP consultant/assessor.



June 2017


Our 4th annual staff conference took place on 6 June. This year it was held in Brighton, at the Grand Hotel, and with a visit to the British Airways i360 on the seafront, and attended by about 130 staff.

Sandra Davies, manager of Marina care home in Brighton, took the lead on making the local arrangements – pictured here inside the i360. Thanks Sandra, and all involved, for a hugely successful event, which was also supported and attended by our Trustees.   

There are more photos of the day on our Flickr page