With the growth in residential provision being made by Health Authorities and Local Councils in response to Better Services for the Mentally Handicapped (1971) and the closure of long stay hospitals, the role of Maclntyre in the national context came under close scrutiny by its Governors. The pattern of applications from Local Authorities gradually changed, as the majority of referrals were now for children and young adults with higher support needs.
Consequently, Maclntyre adapted its provision towards a balance between age and ability, to enable residents to learn with and from each other. Staff continued to play an essential role in the provision of the services, adapting to the changes and growing their expertise with the changes. Patterns of care were developed to ensure that all residents of all abilities received progressive support and training.
MacIntyre saw the need for expanding the facilities to enable it to take care of the children moving out of long stay hospitals. In 1983 a management taskforce invested in centralising the previously scattered staff in a new office in Leighton Buzzard, strategically well located in relation to Westoning, Wingrave and Milton Keynes, bringing as a result improved communication between the organisation’s various departments, the economic use of shared resources, and a more coordinated response to the people’s needs. With this development Maclntyre managed to expand its services in partnership with parents and statutory organisations.
“In 1983 a management taskforce invested in centralising the previously scattered staff in a new office in Leighton Buzzard- Keith Warren Price in a letter to potential supporters, Circa 1967”