Cosgrove has been supporting and breaking down barriers for people with additional needs in Glasgow South Side since the 1960’s when it became registered as a charitable organisation. It was originally named The Jewish Association for the Mentally Handicapped.
Carrie Hill’s letter to Jewish Echo in 1960. Sourced in The Scottish Jewish Archives Centre.
St. John’s Road Day Centre
St. Johns building. Sourced in The Scottish Jewish Archives Centre
In 1963, a 15 room house at 6 St. John’s Road, Pollokshields, was purchased as a Day Centre which was equipped with a fully kosher kitchen. It was declared officially open by the honorary president, Mr Isidore Walton in 1964.
On the 8th December, the home became fully residential with fully trained staff.
Cosgrove House at St. Johns. Girls Independent Unit. Left to right – JF, DL and BV. Sourced in The Scottish Jewish Archives Centre
New Independent Living Unit
The independent living unit was officially opened by David and Carole Walton
Left to right – Mrs Lindy Markson, Mr Roger Mitchelle, Mr Jack Gladstone, Mrs Carole Walton, Mr David Walton, Michael and John Walton, Mr Allan Stewart MP, and Mr Symie Miller, Jewish Echo 8th June 1989. Sourced in The Scottish Jewish Archives Centre.
Housing and Play
First house purchased for use as an independent living unit for men and Children’s Play Scheme began.
A new name…
The Jewish Association for the Mentally Handicapped was renamed Cosgrove Care with a subheading “Caring for people with learning disabilities in the Jewish Community”.
St. Johns Road was sold and moved into a purpose built unit within the Maccabi complex, Giffnock, with kosher facilities.
Arnside Flats Opened
SR, SK, DS at Arnside
Cosgrove’s First Conference
Sponsored by Scottish Enterprise Cosgrove held its first conference on 7th November.
Ken MacIntosh MSP opening Cosgrove’s first conference November 2000. Sourced in The Scottish Jewish Archives Centre.
Received the charity award for management service.
Burnfiend House. Left to right – JF, BV, AF and DL
Walter Hecht took over as Chief Executive
Community café and training café opened.
Cosgrove celebrated it’s 50th birthday.
Heather Gray became Chief Executive
Open to all
More than half a century later, the legacy of Carrie Hill and the founding group lives on in Cosgrove. 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!
RT and MF at ConneXions
…and in to the future…
Between 2017 and 2022, Cosgrove is focusing on 3 strategic priorities.
Find Out More
To find out more about Cosgrove, what we do and how we can help contact us on 0141 620 2500 or complete the contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.