History of Accuro
The question often arises why is the organisation called Accuro? Well as you will see from the above definition it is derived from a Latin word relating to caring for other people. Frankly we adopted it, following lengthy discussions, as a compromise that the three different organisations that combined to create Accuro could agree on.
Our roots then are in 3 separate organisations all of which were charities in their own right and which had been formed by 3 separate groups of parents of children with a disability who, unhappy about the services that were available to them, decided to do something to change this themselves. Their immediate concern being the limited opportunities for them and their families to receive respite care, in particular respite care that was flexible enough to respond to their individual and often very different needs. Accordingly the first service set up, independently, by the three groups was the shared care service that remained a key element of Accuro’s portfolio of services for 30 years until the recent decision by Essex County Council to terminate (for purely commercial reasons) the contract under which this service was being delivered.
The 3 organisations that were the ancestors of today’s Accuro were:
- Harlow Shared Care (HSC), established in 1982 which began providing shared care in 1984
- Respite Care in Uttlesford (known as ResCU), established in 1994 and providing shared care from that year
- Special Needs of Children and Parents (known as SnoCaP), also established in 1994 that was based in the Epping Forest District Council area.
SnoCaP and HSC amalgamated in 2002 with part of ResCU joining this group to form a single organisation 3 years later in 2005. The name of Accuro – more accurately Accuro (Care Services) as the name Accuro was already registered by another company – being formally adopted in December 2007. The organisations combining in order to reap a number of mutual benefits that included economies of scale, making best use of limited resources, developing a professional, more business orientated organisation, etc.
As outlined the origins in Accuro lay in providing a local response to identified needs and this has remained a corner stone of the subsequent development of the organisation. Once the shared care services became established in all 3 areas it fairly quickly became clear that local families were in need of a wide range of other services that were not otherwise available. In response a range of services were developed the first two of which were:
a family support worker service in which support was to be provided for children with a disability in their own homes rather than in the home of a shared carer
a social & leisure opportunities project for adults with a disability that subsequently evolved into our current Adult Friendship Scheme.
Subsequently Accuro has continued to grow and has continued to develop local services in response to local people. Our growth being given a real boost with the introduction of the government initiative ‘Aiming High for Disabled Children’ which provided funding that has enabled the introduction of a number of new services across Essex some of which in West Essex are being provided by Accuro.
Today Accuro provides a portfolio of services for children, young people and adults with a disability and their families. All services that have been developed as a tailored response to specific identified needs and wishes of local people and which all actively seek to engage people who access these services in monitoring, evaluating and developing them.