About us

Since our origins in 1963 Hansel has been focused on breaking down barriers faced by people with additional support needs, creating inclusive environments, opportunities, and choices to enable people living in Ayrshire to live independent and fulfilling lives.

We are a leading social care charity however, through our unique organisational structure, we are so much more than that, placing innovation and passion at the forefront of delivering real change through a range of services and opportunities for the people we work for.

We do this through our fantastic team of more than 400 team members, whose dedicated approach to care and support creates a safe and positive environment for people to thrive, alongside our partnerships with healthcare agencies, organisations and businesses.

History Timeline

The Hansel journey extends over six decades, with important milestones evidencing the successful development of the organisation to meet the ever changing and evolving needs of people choosing support through our diverse activities.

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Our purpose

Our Vision
To give people of all abilities the freedom to live the life they choose.

Our Mission
Ensuring we deliver empowering support so every person feels included and experiences equality, choice, dignity, compassion and respect.

Our Values
We share a set of core values – respect, trust, team working, continuous improvement and inclusion – and they guide all that we do.

Our Values

Organisation and Governance

The Hansel Group of Charities comprises two companies limited by guarantee, Hansel Foundation and Hansel Alliance.  Both are registered charities, each governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.

All care and support services, including 3e employability programmes and social enterprises, are delivered through Hansel Alliance as the subsidiary operations arm of the Group.  Hansel Foundation provides senior leadership and corporate services functions for all Hansel activities; resources all fundraising and communications activities; and delivers both revenue and capital project initiatives consistent with the strategic direction agreed by its Board of Directors.


Meet the team

Hansel’s day to day operations are overseen by a core team of highly skilled and dedicated Directors and Managers within our leadership team. The contribution from over 400 valued team members is vital to helping the people we support to have the freedom to live.

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