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Blackthorn Trust - helping disabled adults to achieve more

Blackthorn Trust is a charity which provides medical care, specialist therapies and rehabilitation through work placements within Blackthorn Garden. It aims to help people living with mental, physical and learning disabilities. The diverse range of activities offered enable you to acquire new skills and gain confidence to better deal with challenges.…
Telephone:
01622 828382
E-mail:
martin@blackthorn.org.uk
Website:
https://www.blackthorn.org.uk/

Bright Shadow

Bright Shadow’s mission is to enable people living with dementia, and those affected by it, to live well and to thrive. Established in 2009, we are experts in creative activities that are fun, meaningful, accessible and challenging. All that we do promotes wellbeing for people…
Telephone:
01227 467 272
E-mail:
info@brightshadow.org.uk
Website:
https://brightshadow.org.uk/

Canterbury Vineyard Garden Centre - day opportunities for adults with learning disabilities

The Vineyard Garden Centre provides daytime activities and learning opportunities in growing plants. The service works with people to build their confidence and skills, opening up new opportunities.
Telephone:
01227 831052
E-mail:
plant.centre@fifthtrust.co.uk
Website:
https://www.vineyardgardencentre.co.uk/

Mencap - Employment Services

Employment Support Service which enables individuals with a learning disability or difficulty to gain paid employment or unpaid work experience in the open market, as well as supported internships, traineeships or apprenticeships. The 52 week programme includes the following; Peer support workshops and skills development…
Telephone:
0808 808 1111
E-mail:
employment.support@mencap.org.uk
Website:
https://www.mencap.org.uk/.../employment-services

CoursesOnline

CoursesOnline offers users across Kent and beyond a wide variety of online training courses, operated by some of the UK's top institutions and other providers. The courses are fully accredited and cover a diverse selection of topics, providing qualifications and skills for anyone looking to…
Website:
coursesonline.co.uk/

Spadework - In West Malling, providing day opportunities for adults with learning and other disabilities

Spadework offers independent living skills training and work experience to adults with learning difficulties. This is done through activities such as: Growing plants sold in the garden centre; Growing fruit and vegetables served in the café and sold in the farm shop; Making cakes, jam and chutneys…
Telephone:
01732 870002
E-mail:
info@spadework.org.uk
Website:
www.spadework.net/.../index.html
Age Range:
19-25
Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Autism, Physical sensory/medical

Canterbury Oast Trust - Poulton Wood Nature Reserve

Poulton Wood is set in 28 acres of beautiful bluebell woodland with fields, ponds and hedgerows. The Rangers support people with learning disabilities to help with looking after the beautiful woodland. In addition, adults with learning disabilities can work towards getting qualifications in Woodwork and Conservation.…
Telephone:
01233 720163
E-mail:
info@c-o-t.org.uk
Website:
https://www.c-o-t.org.uk/.../poulton-wood

Canterbury Oast Trust: training in growing plants - opportunities for adults with learning disabilities

Canterbury Oast Trust manages a nursery and a growing area for plants and vegetables within the Ashford Rare Breeds Centre. Additionally, there is a Plant Shop where what is grown is sold to the public. Adults with learning disabilities can volunteer at the nursery and…
Telephone:
01233 861493 ext 258
E-mail:
lifeskills@c-o-t.org.uk
Website:
www.c-o-t.org.uk/.../horticulture

Richmond Fellowship

Richmond Fellowship’s Tonbridge and Malling Community Based Support service works with individuals affected by mental ill health already living in their own homes to receive assistance with day-to-day tasks and activities, such as budgeting finances or doing the weekly food shop. Our community based service…
Telephone:
01732 743392
E-mail:
greensands@richmondfellowship.org.uk
Website:
https://www.richmondfellowship.org.uk/
Age Range:
Suitable for all ages

The Hop Yard

The Hop Yard helps adults with learning disabilities to develop self-confidence, learn new skills and make friends. Contact the Head Office (based in Lenham, Kent) to find out more information about the following: ‘Horse and Cart’ to ride horses and do other yard activities such as…
Telephone:
01622 859216
E-mail:
hopyard@symbolfss.org
Website:
https://www.hopyard.org/

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