It all started when Raymond Cripps, a journalist and publisher for a small weekly newspaper in Witney, Oxfordshire came across a story that intrigued him: three young men from Germany had travelled to Coventry to help rebuild the crypt in the Cathedral that their fathers had destroyed in WWII. Raymond hoped to write the story for his newspaper and thus went to Coventry to meet with them.

Raymond wanted this account of compassion in action to get the readership it deserved. He had heard of a publication in America called Guideposts, which specialised in such stories. His article was published and he received a cheque and a subscription to the magazine. The magazine contained stories about about people finding faith and using faith to help them through life's challenges and problems. Raymond began to wonder if the possibility of a British Guideposts magazine would be viable.

In summer 1965, Raymond shared his aspirations with Cliff Upex a local printer, and with the support of Guideposts USA, the magazine went into production. The Guideposts publications were unique. They were multi-faith, encouraged people to set aside their differences, to share their humanity and unite as one community. The ethos of inclusion and setting aside ones preconceptions formed the foundations on which our charity still runs today.

The magazine built a strong readership and received a number of letters every week pointing to the needs and problems people had. One need that began to stand out, above all others, was the need for community housing and care for people who were being unnecessarily confined to psychiatric hospitals and hospitals for those with learning disabilities. Cliff decided to investigate further and discovered that there were hundreds of people who could be discharged from hospital if such accommodation existed.