RHLT was initially formed by a group of concerned parents to provide long term residential care to a small group of adults with learning disabilities in Richmond. However, since its foundation in 1985, the Trust has developed a range of other services providing people who have a learning disability in the Richmond Borough with a high quality of opportunity through the provision of a range of residential, leisure and daytime services. 

Today, the Trust serves the community by providing not only residential care but also supported living schemes and a number of additional leisure activities which are open to the wider population of adults with learning disabilities in Richmond. Some may be living at home with their parents or carers, some in supported living schemes and residential care homes run by other organisations, and some may be living independently.