Back To The Start
We were founded in 1985, when initially we were ‘open’ for two days a week. This was held in St Luke’s Church Hall in Barton Hill. We were, at the time, known as ‘The Disabled Christians’ Fellowship Centre’, or ‘The DCF Centre’ when abbreviated.
In 1985 Janet Wiltshire, following being prompted by God, while she was general secretary of the charity Disabled Christians Fellowship, started providing day care with activities for people with various disabilities. This was for two days a week in term time, at St Luke’s Church Hall in Barton Hill.
Moving Into Our Own Building
When, in 1990, we moved into our own premises in Wick Road, Brislington, we then operated for five days a week, and in 1996 became a charity in our own right with a new name – The DCF Premier Workshops – in case we should expand and set up other workshops elsewhere.
Up To Now
In 2006 we moved to Filwood Park, in Knowle West, a building with fantastic facilities and a great garden including sensory plants such as herbs and bamboo, a pond with a range of wildlife, fruit bearing trees and bushes and vegetables patches. This is where we are based today.
We adopted the working name of Haven Day Centre in 2016, (although still registered legally as DCF Premier Workshops Trust). In June 2021, the charity became a Charitable Company, limited by guarantee. Our new Charitable Company is known as Haven Community.