Potential Living came into being with the formation of a supported living project operated by VAMW Care. VAMW Care was formed in the early eighties by a group of local people concerned about the limited opportunities available for people with learning disabilities in the area.
Local councillor John Thomson MBE, was involved from the outset, initially overseeing the construction of the registered residential home in Gavin Street in Motherwell in 1982, before becoming Managing Director. VAMW Care expanded throughout the eighties and nineties and other registered homes were opened in Motherwell and Wishaw providing accommodation and support for individuals of all ages with a wide variety of needs.
It was John Thomson who coined the phrase “That all may reach their potential” and it retains the same importance for us today as an organisation as it did all those years ago. Sadly, John passed away in 1996.