Our History




Three Cs was set up in 1993 to provide supported living in the community for people with learning disabilities as a result of the hospital closure programme. The Cs originally stood for 'Committed to Care in the Community'.

In 2002, Three Cs merged with Crossways Association to become provider of mental health residential, supported living and day services in Southwark. It was also involved in the national pilot of person-centred planning.

Between 2004 and 2008, Three Cs extended its services to Greenwich and Newham, funded a mental health outreach programme and a transitions project from its reserves and won a national training award. The Cs were changed to 'Control and Choice in the Community' signalling a new rights-based approach to services.

In 2009, Three Cs got a Three Stars Excellent rating for its domiciliary care services, was re-recognised under Investors in People, introduced an employment pool and social inclusion activities and started on the path to becoming an outcomes-focused and evidence-based organisation.

In 2010, Three Cs became the first organisation nationally to launch iPlanit, a web-based tool to track outcomes and put the action into planning. Three Cs held a series of three Celebrating Success events and made 82 awards for Independence and Community to celebrate people's achievements. Four new services were won in Redbridge.

In 2011, Three Cs increased focus and investment in social inclusion to include a permanent job coach, and a volunteer and social activities worker – and the wholesale re-modelling of its mental health day services. We also won a major transfer of Local Authority supported living services in Lewisham.

In 2012, Three Cs achieved 100% compliance with Care Quality Commission standards in mental health residential care services, and in domiciliary care and support. We achieved Investors in People Bronze Standard, were finalists in the Laing and Buisson Healthcare Awards, and won National Training Award London Region 'Employer of the Year' 2012.

 Three Cs achieved £220k sales of personal budgets one year after its 'Support4Living' services were launched. We celebrated our 20th Anniversary and launched a new Innovation Group which oversaw the ideas, development and product testing of Max Out in Southwark.

 Three Cs achieved 100% compliance with CQC standards in all mental health and learning disabilities services. The web app Max Out in Southwark for mental health service users was launched. We won three new services in Lewisham and published research What We Want: to support positive mental well-being in Southwark.

We closed our day service centre in Southwark. We achieved the quality mark 9001. We started work in MADTA and Barclays on a new strategy. Ipsos Mori Ethnography Team worked with us on research into social networks and well-being.