By the end of the first 12 months, Cliff Upex had raised enough money to make the vision a reality.

The Charity believed that those who had been in hospital for so much of their lives needed training to help them adjust to living in the outside world. When training had been given and appropriate accommodation was found, volunteer helpers were recruited to provide support and friendship. People could now be released from hospital to enjoy life in the community; being able to cope with daily tasks in a safe and supported environment.

These were the key objectives Guideposts Trust set out to achieve:

  • To establish and provide support for homes, halfway houses, cluster flats and other such accommodation for those seeking rehabilitation in the community.
  • To offer caring and befriending support for people who are now living in the community after years of being in hospital.
  • To establish counselling centres for anyone facing mental health issues and/or at risk of being admitted into hospital.

Cliff set about the task of recruiting volunteers, working with hospital staff and organising training. He also had the idea to arrange for people, ready to transition from hospital, to come into small groups so that they could get to know each other and live together as friends.

By 1989, Guideposts had 88 group homes, 18 staffed homes providing 200 bed spaces and 104 flats. At this time, the Housing Corporation had decided that the charitable work of the Trust needed to separate from Guideposts Housing Association. This was a disappointing development for Guideposts taking away one of its core aims. Guideposts Housing Association then separated to later become Advance Housing.