The archive contains reports and studies on the project; agenda, minutes and papers of meetings of the Executive Committee; HR files; material relating to infrastructure and operations; promotional and training documents; press coverage files; and a collection of transcripts of oral interviews conducted with former staff, volunteers and social workers.
Cardiff Universities Social Services
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 1239 108
- Dates of Creation1971 - 2018
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description1 box 210 documents
- Digital Content
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Cardiff Universities Social Services (CUSS) began as a student volunteering project in 1967, jointly operated by University College Cardiff (now Cardiff University) and University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology. It operated several schemes aimed at improving the lives of children and adults with learning disabilities. In July 1974 CUSS used a University College Cardiff-owned property at 12 Ruthin Gardens to accommodate four students alongside five former-residents of Ely long stay hospital, with the aim of supporting their transition to community living. From 1976 this venture was carried out in partnership with South Glamorgan County Council. This was the first small 'Community Group Home' for people with a learning disability in the UK, and possibly the first in Europe. Currently operating as the Innovate Trust .
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