In 1960, negative social attitudes meant parents of children with learning disabilities often could not receive any support without feeling shame. For Jewish children in Glasgow there was an added problem. At home under the care of their family they could enjoy important religious celebrations, but once their parents were no longer able to look after them there was no Jewish care system available to help to maintain their active faith.

A mother named Carrie Hill wrote to the local Jewish paper appealing to fellow parents of children with learning disabilities to come forward. The response was very encouraging and a subsequent meeting concluded that a residential home staffed by trained personnel and fully equipped to give the necessary vocational training should be established.

The Glasgow Jewish Association of Parents and Friends of the Mentally Handicapped, chaired by Reverend Cosgrove, was formed to raise the funds needed to purchase a house to accommodate residents and provide short-term respite care.

More than half a century later, the legacy of Carrie Hill and the founding group lives on in Cosgrove. From humble beginnings, Cosgrove has evolved into a widely respected charity and a leading source of support for children and adults with learning disabilities in East Renfrewshire and the wider Glasgow area.

Proud of its Jewish heritage, Cosgrove is open to all and a driving force for people with learning disabilities to be active participants in their community and achieve their goals without hindrance. Carrie Hill would certainly be a proud lady today!

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