Founding members Essie Lewis, Wellesley Lewis, Nidia Fogoe, Valerie Wedderburn, Casperia Schasmith and Junior Hemens began their new care agency Moreland Trust Nursing Care.
The organisation was created to meet the needs of the elders of African Caribbean heritage within Wolverhampton; by providing assistance through support, Advocacy,befriending, information and advice.
During January 2001, Moreland Trust Nursing Care held a focus group to identify the services required by elders of African Caribbean heritage within Wolverhampton.
Following this, a pilot study was undertaken during March and April to examine the health and social care issues faced by elders within the African Caribbean community.
After two years hard work the organisation had grown significantly in terms of credibility, reputation and commitments. With support from the New Testament Church of God, Heath Town (now known as Harvest Temple), Moreland Trust Nursing Care was able to move to new premises at New Trust Health Centre.
The Trust was renamed Moreland Trust Health and Social Care.
Moreland Trust gained charitable status in September 2003 (Charity No. 1099929). The organisation became a company limited by guarantee (Company No. 4507457).
Moreland Trust Health and Social Care received a Community Fund Payment for the employment of a Project Manager, Outreach Worker, Administrator and premises.
Moreland Trust successfully attracted funding from the Big Lottery Fund to enable them to continue to provide much needed support.
The first employed Outreach Worker began work on the 10th May 2005.
During 2006 Moreland Trust moved premises to the current offices at Waterloo Terrace, Newhampton Road East.
Moreland Trust participated in a cultural event in West Park on 16/7/2006 and held it's own summer fete on 29 September 2006.
A project Co-ordinator was employed on 12 June 2006 and a second Outreach Worker on 4th September 2006.
Founder member Mr Wellesley Lewis sadly passed away during 2007.
Moreland Trust hosted a successful conference with speakers from PCT and Lileth Grant and Navigation Consultants.
A sponsored walk took place on 21st April 2007 to raise funds for Moreland Trust and keep fit sessions commenced for service users.
A feasibility study was carried out into setting up a culturally sensitive resource centre.
Service users and supporters joined together for a Christmas buffet on 1st December 2007.
Moreland Trust held a Health and Social Care conference on 10th July 2008.
Serrvice users enjoyed various outings with the commencement of Moreland Trust's Holiday Club including a trip to the pantomime, London and Thames cruise, Oxley Marine canal trip and a visit to Walsall Illuminations.
A second Christmas buffet was enjoyed by service users and supporters on 5th December 2008.
A second bid for funding from the Big Lottery fund, for a new project, was sucessful.
Service users visited London's Docklands Museum on 18th June 2009.
Essie Nell Lewis was named in the Queen's Birthday Honours List and was awarded an MBE. Dr Joshua Johnson was appointed as the Moreland Trust's Patron.
Moreland Trusts 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner took place in June 2010 and a Health and Social Care conference also took place at Wolverhampton's Lighthouse Theatre to further celebrate the 10th anniversary.
Moreland Trust received a visit from the Jamaican High Commissioner, Anthony Johnson in September 2010.
Service Users trips included West Midlands Safari Park and Liverpool Slavery Museum.
In November 2011 Moreland Trust was awarded a grant to employ a Volunteer Co-ordinator, by Lloyds TSB Foundation.
Moreland Trust was also able to purchase fitness equipment and begin well-being sessions for service users, thanks to funding from Sporting Equal/Age Concern's "fit as a Fiddle" campaign.
In November 2012, funding for the project unfortunately ended. Although service provision did continue due to the excellent support from our volunteers.
Three years funding for the continuation of the project was received from the Big Lottery Fund in August 2013.
A new Operations Manager, two Outreach Workers and an administrator were recruited and services are being enhanced.
Moreland Trust recieved funding from the European Social Fund (ESF) to support people aged 19 years and over who are unemployed to have a greater opportunity of finding employment. .
Moreland Trust have been working in partnership with United Caribbean Ladies Group, helping to alleviate isolation by providing social activities in a comfortable atmosphere for all service users.
Funding from the ESF had ended in May 2015, however, the Big Lottery approved a reallocation of budget to maintain the ESF programme for a further 3 months.
Moreland Trust received a grant from AGE UK for fitness and wellbeing support for the elderly as well as receiving funding from Eveson Trust which enabled Moreland Trust to meet accommodation costs.
Funding from The Step Up Initiative had come to an end in May 2015, however, the funding received enabled Moreland Trust to successfully run a volunteer programme providing training, access to courses, work experience and practical support to volunteers.
In August 2016, the three-year funding from the Big Lottery had ended. Due to this, Moreland Trust had submitted another application under the ‘Reaching Communities’ programme.
A smaller grant was submitted to the Eveson Charities Trust to assist the work of our volunteers and outreach workers.
Due to the ending of the Big Lottery funding in August 2016, there was a reduction of service delivery and the volunteering programme. However, Moreland Trust was able to maintain services to service users such as: computer classes and trips.
Moreland Trust successfully put the ‘Passport to Wellbeing’ project into place due to the funding from the Big Lottery. This project was officially launch in April 2018.
Moreland Trust received funding from ‘Awards for All’, enabling the employment of a volunteering Co-ordinator who will recruit and co-ordinate new volunteers.
There had been a increase in activities provided to service users through April 2018-October 2018, these included: Nail Arts & Pampering sessions and Health & Wellbeing discussions.
Thanks to the funding received from the Big Lottery in 2018, Moreland Trust have managed to re-engage with a lot of service users and even have new ones join. The required outcome for the Big Lottery fund is on track to being met.