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About Birmingham Rathbone

Birmingham Rathbone Society is a registered charity no 516557 that supports people with mild to moderate learning difficulties in Birmingham to reach their full potential.


We provide support for people with learning difficulties to live as independently as possible in the community. This can include support to access training, further education, volunteering and employment opportunities; securing and maintaining safe accommodation; accessing health services; managing finances; and a range of social and leisure activities.

Birmingham Rathbone is a high quality service provider having received a top review score of 5 ‘A’ grades for our Supporting People services (2013) and ‘Good’ across the board awarded by the CQC for our Home Care service (2015).

Birmingham Rathbone (formerly named Birmingham Elfrida Rathbone Society) was incorporated in 1985.


The Society was named after the suffragette and social reformer, Elfrida Rathbone, who was born in 1871 and founded an Occupational Centre in London in 1919 for children who had been excluded from schools because of their learning difficulties.


The Society embraced Elfrida’s philosophy that people with learning difficulties were capable of engaging in useful work and campaigned for more choice, equality, access to services and a better quality of life for people with learning difficulties.


This work is still as necessary today as it was in the early twentieth century and in undertaking this work, Birmingham Rathbone is continuing the work which Elfrida Rathbone began almost a century ago.