During the 20th Century large numbers of people with learning disabilities were moved into long stay hospitals in Surrey from all over the country.

This has increased the proportion of people with a learning disability in the general population of the county and as a rough estimate Surrey has approximately 34% more adults requiring supported care than the UK average.

Us in a Bus was originally set up to provide leisure and communication opportunities for adults with profound learning disabilities in four of these long stay hospitals. Two team members visited hospital wards housing around 40 people who would share an hour long session once a week. For many of these adults this was their one opportunity to experience social interaction.

Our work was originally managed by Scope but in 1993 Us in a Bus became a registered charity in its own right. With the advent of care in the community Us in a Bus moved its work from long stay hospitals and started visiting people in their own homes. This meant that there were fewer people per session and allowed for a more focused approach. Us in a Bus now enables the social interaction of around 200 people with profound learning disabilities and complex needs each week in Surrey and the surrounding areas.

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In 2015 we celebrated 25 years of working with people with profound learning disabilities and complex needs. Two of the original team members are still with us: Janet Gurney is our Director of Training and Marianne Hecker is one of our Trustees.
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