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Wellbeing support for families living with disability or illness

The Almond Tree Foundation can help if you feel...

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Anxious or Stressed

Disability and illness can have a profound impact on a family. You might feel anxious, stressed or find it difficult to relax.  You may struggle to prioritise your own health or wellbeing due to lack of time.

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Isolated or Alone

You can feel isolated and unable to share your feelings with friends or family. You sometimes have feelings of anger, frustration or guilt which put extra pressure on your relationships.


Fearful of the future

You might have times of feeling fearful of the future and trapped by your circumstances. Everything seems to point in a downward direction leaving little hope for a positive outcome.

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Rekindle your wellbeing

​Wellbeing is defined as the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy and yet can be difficult to access. 

  • But what if wellbeing was always available?

  • What if wellbeing was built in?

  • What if there were simple principles behind how we experience the world?

The answers to these questions can change how we relate to our circumstances and the world.

This automatically reconnects us to our in-built wellbeing. 

Something so simple and everyday that it is easily overlooked.

How we can help

We have personal experience of living with disability and illness. We understand the impact, challenges and what it takes to keep going every day. We have struggled with our wellbeing, at times feeling powerless given our circumstances. 

Until we learnt about a recent discovery in the field of human psychology. We came to understand that there are principles underlying human experience and we already have everything we need to thrive in the face of any challenge.


Anxiety, fear and overwhelm became the exception rather than the norm. Replaced by frequent feelings of wellbeing, peace of mind and connection to others. The ability to feel gratitude and comfortable with whatever is happening.

This is the potential of what’s on offer for you and your family.

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Stories Of Hope

Our new web-based video series features people who have a family member living with a disability or illness. Within every story is a message of hope. Click here to see the full series.

Rohini Ross


Rohini lives with her husband Angus and their two daughters in Topanga, CA. When they first started dating, Rohini was unfazed by his Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis. Later, when they married and moved to the US, an increase in symptoms caused her to respond in unexpected ways.

Gayle Nobel


Gayle has a lifelong connection to autism through her brother and 34 year old son Kyle.

She worried about Kyle’s future until she realised that she knew exactly what to do one step at a time.

Elsie Spittle


Elsie has experience of both illness and disability with family members and in professional settings.

By looking beyond a person's diagnoses she has connected more deeply to her own essential nature and wellbeing as well as helping others do the same.

The Almond Tree Foundation

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Disabled people make up 10% of the population, around 650 million people*. There are many wonderful organisations that provide support. What makes The Almond Tree Foundation different is our sole focus on wellbeing education.


The Almond Tree Foundation is a non-profit Community Interest Company. Our aim is to create a supportive environment of shared experience. A community where parents, spouses and relatives caring for someone with a disability or illness can learn how to access wellbeing. 


The Almond Tree is a symbol of hope and renewal. It is amongst the first trees to blossom after winter, signalling spring. A sign of the changing season and hope in times to come. It is also known as the awakener, bringing new awareness. In China it symbolises fortitude in sorrow.


We hope you will explore our resources and we look forward to connecting.


*((Source: World Health Organisation)

About Us

Julian Fraser and Claire Shutes, the founders of the Almond Tree Foundation, have personal experience of living with disability. Collectively they have taught thousands of people (including themselves), how to live with less stress, more resilience and greater connection to wellbeing. Their aim is to share what they teach with a wider community.

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