Our History

Who is Paul?

Paul’s Place got its name in a rather unique and special way. It was back in 1995 when the club was formed and led by Kath Aldom MBE. A young disabled man called, Paul Willmott, was part of the initial conversations about the group. 

Paul was just nineteen when he was involved in a horrific accident, which left him in a coma for eight months and in hospital for over four years. Paul came home in a wheelchair and his life was never the same.

Paul, like the other founding members wanted to see a social group for physically disabled people. Kath and the group began a social outing to the pub once a month. Adults with physically disabilities were able to go out, make friends and have something to look forward to. Sadly, Paul passed away just as the club was forming.

It soon became clear the group was very much in demand and we became a registered charity in 2007. In memory of Paul Willmott, the name Paul’s Place, was born.

We launched our day centre in 2000 and today there is an extensive carers and respite programme, we have regular trips and holidays, arts, music and sports clubs. We arrange an evening programme, which includes bowling, cinema, concerts and of course going to the pub.

Today. ‘Paul’ embodies anyone using the charity, regardless of gender or disability. We are a people-based, disability-led charity and continue to replicate the ethos of the original club.