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Our History

Ormiston Families is a leading charity for children, young people and families in the East of England. We provide services that support children and young people manage the challenges they face and improve their life chances.

We currently run four core programmes of work to ensure the best possible outcomes for children and families across East Anglia. 

The Nurture Programme supports the development of children in their early years; The Engage Programme improves outcomes for young people in education; The Unite Programme works with prisoners' families; and The Connect Programme promotes the well-being of individuals in the local community.

If you want to know more about what Ormiston Families does to help children and families across the region, please visit our Services pages.

Our History

In 1969 Fiona Ormiston Murray and her new husband were tragically killed in a car accident on their honeymoon. The Murray Family established the Ormiston Trust to create a living memorial to a woman who loved children but was denied the chance to have her own. 

We have been supporting children, young people and their families across East Anglia ever since.

Ormiston opened its first service in 1981-the Robert Milne Family Centre, a former Barnardo’s home in Ipswich. By 1992, Ormiston Children and Families Trust was established to manage an increasingly diverse range of services for children, young people and families.

In 2014 we changed our name to Ormiston Families and established four programmes of work that reflect what we do and what we believe the future will hold.

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