Pre 1918 Over the course of nearly 100 years, we have supported over 250,000 disabled people throughout the UK to live the lives they chose, as independently as possible. We are proud of our military heritage and our founding is still true today of providing three key services; care, housing and employment. Expand The UK identified the need for care and support of the war-disabled. A group of concerned people that would become the Village Centres Council, met for the first time in London to consider what might be done to help the ever-increasing number of men becoming disabled on the Western front in the Great War. Italy and France's efforts to ensure adequate care and training for the disabled servicemen had impressed them all. They all agreed that the UK needed to follow that lead.