A group of parents came together in December 1988 to consider what the long-term future was for their sons and daughters with learning disabilities. At that time the only viable alternative for those with complex disabilities was admission to long stay hospitals. Community care was in its infancy and only those who were more able were living successfully in a community setting. Parents at Clippens School asked the then Head Teacher Doreen McFarlane MBE if she would be willing to be involved in the creation of a new charity, McFarlane Homes.

One of the parents, Brendan Somers, a Senior Banking Manager with the Allied Irish Bank in Glasgow, retired from this post and channelled all his energies into McFarlane Homes, supported by his family. With his skills and knowledge of financial matters and his enthusiasm for the cause, the charity opened its first residential facility, Netherlee House, in December 1995.

Since then the organisation has developed and matured and at present we have twelve services within the Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire areas.

In autumn 2014 we decided to adopt a new name, McFarlane Trust.