Papworth Trust

Papworth Trust is a leading disability charity. Our mission is to support disabled people to have equality, choice and independence in their lives. Our work includes:

  • providing a range of high quality services for disabled and disadvantaged people;
  • providing advice for disabled people and their families and carers through our Information Centre
  • campaigning for changes that disabled people want.

We deliver most of our services in the East of England, and some services in the East Midlands and Greater London.

Our services

Click a link above for more information about our service and how to contact us.

Examples of our work

A new shower makes all the difference

I visited Mr and Mrs B to help the couple apply for a Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) to have a stairlift and level access shower fitted to their part-owned property, as recommended by the local authority’s Occupational Therapist (OT).

Mrs B sadly passed away during the DFG process, which meant re-involving the OT and starting a fresh application for the shower only. I helped Mr B do this, but during my visits also spoke to him about other help we could provide, for example to ‘downsize’ to a more convenient home (he was keen to remain where he was), to check his benefits and to apply for Attendance Allowance.

Now that he was alone, Mr B was more aware of the day to day problems he was facing, and we went ahead with an application for Attendance Allowance, which he later commented “has made all the difference in the world”. His DFG work is now also completed, and he wrote to say that he had been “very pleased with the professional, helpful and friendly attitude of the approved contractors” who fitted the shower for him.

Key people and contact details

Matthew Lester, Director of Operations, is responsible for our My Services division which includes our Information and Advice service
Damond Ferguson
is Operations Manager of our Home Improvement Agency
Our volunteers are central to the success of Papworth

Papworth Trust, Bernard Sunley Centre, Papworth Everard, Cambridge, CB23 3RG

  • Tel: 0800 952 5000
  • Fax: 01480 357 201
  • Email:
  • Website:

News about us

OWL Bikes has university students in a spin at freshers’ fair

OWL Bikes provides vocational training for disabled and disadvantaged people. It recycles and refurbishes unwanted bikes to sell to the public at reasonable prices – including 77 sales in just 9 hours at the Cambridge University Freshers’ Fair at the beginning of October.

Staff and volunteers from the social enterprise sold refurbished bikes and accessories to students at a pop up stall on Parkers Piece, Cambridge.

OWL Bikes collects and repairs abandoned and unwanted bikes, saving them from going to landfill and selling them on to the local community. The project also provides vocational training for disabled and disadvantaged people.

“We’ve been really busy over past few months working hard to get all the bikes refurbished in time for the freshers’ fair,” said Cathy Shortland, Team Leader at Papworth Trust.

“We had a fantastic response and we’re thrilled that we managed to sell over 70 bikes.

“We’re back to our normal business hours now – if you’d like to find out about buying a bike from our workshop, arranging a bike collection or volunteering opportunities, please just get in touch.”