Who we are Our team Our history Founded in 1898, We Are a Growing Organisation. Read Our Story: The Grace Eyre Foundation takes its name from Grace Eyre Woodhead, who founded the organisation in 1898. The work of the organisation started by placing children with learning disabilities from London slums in holiday homes in East Sussex. Once agreed that children could be placed permanently within families, there evolved the need for regulated placements and supervision by visiting officers. In line with government legislation of the day, the 'Guardianship Society' was formed in 1913. One year later, a day centre, offering industrial training was opened in Brighton, probably the first of its kind in the country. In 1950 the 'Guardianship Society' moved to its present premises in Hove and in 1988 the 'Guardianship Society' changed its name to The Grace Eyre Foundation. In present day, Grace Eyre is now a dynamic, person centred service offering a diverse range of services and is a strong focused organisation. If you'd like to read more about significant dates in the history of Grace Eyre, please read our Brief History, put together for our centenary in 2013.