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The Ark Bakery Project and Small Holding


The Bakery  and Project has been running for 5 years and offers real work skills and learning opportunities

for people with additional needs referred via “Shared Lives”.

Referred individuals learn how to make breads and cakes, work in our little bakery, develop new and transferable skills.

Together we deliver our popular Bread Making Workshops , Deliver our wares, run our Occasional shop and attend shows and Markets.

Self Confidence, Creativity, Work and Life skills..... And the development of a sense of role and purpose

are some of the hopes and aims for all those who join us at The Ark .

The project adheres to standards, training and requirements required by Kent County Council and is supervised and supported  by Shared lives part of KCC

The project is managed by an  Occupational Therapist with over 25 years of experience .

Who to contact

Contact Name
Hester Ethell
Contact Position
Occupational Therapist and Project Manager
07858 795758

Where to go

The Ark
2 ark cottages
Canterbury Road
CT18 8DE

 The Bakery is situated at the back of our home  which is a very old building with some internal steps and uneven ground out side . 

Sessions follow the working day  ( but can be accesssed in  full or half session legth) and are run in small working groups of up to 3 Bakers or Ark workers.. however this can and may be smaller to meet individuals needs and to meet the changing requirements for  Covid 19 standards and safety  

 The Small Holding is spread accoss several near by sites with in walking distance of the house and bakery .

Hens Vegatable and fruit growing area  and Politunnel are to the back of the property and bakery ..and the fields where our sheep graze are a short walk, drive or wheel from our home . 

When is it on?

Date & Time Information
Open Tuesdays Wednesdays Thursdays and Fridays 9.30 to 5.30
Time of day
Session Information
Following Shared Lives format of a half day (up to 2 hours) or full day (2 to 5 hours) session lengths

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
Full and Half Sessions Session costs are calculated by KCC
Cost details
Shared Lives and KCC manage the cost of the sessions via the referred individuals contributions and are calculated by considering the level of assistance and support the individual will require to attend and get the best from the project.
Referral required?
Referral and availability notes

The project is cared for by SHARED LIVES  and all referrals  can be made straight to:


 Kent County Council

Kroner House

Eurogate Business Park

TN24 8XU ..Telephone 03000 412400

Please contact Hester at the Ark Bakery on 07858 795758 to  discuss your referral wishes, which can then be forwarded on. 




1. A busy Working  Bakery baking beautiful  breads and cakes and deliver them to local people and businesses  4 days a week  


2. The Small Holding where we  run a flock of shetland sheep for their beautiful wool and meat , raise hens for eggs and grow our vegetables and fruit ..

The project is designed for People with additional needs with  an  interest in either or both of these areas ...wishing to develope all manner of skills and confidence  .. This may be in terms of preparing themselves for future  employment or voluntary work or further study or to continue in helping them work towards achieving their fullest potential. 

Please call 07858 795758 to find out more.

The Small hloding is obviously outside and does have uneven ground so this should be bourne in mind 

The bakery is with in an old house and is accessible via the main road or gravel drive with some internal steps 

Age Range
Suitable for all ages
Learning difficulty,

Local Offer

Local Offer Disabilities
Learning difficulty
Local Offer Age Bands
Primary (4-10 years)
Secondary (11-16 years)
Transitions to Adulthood (16+)
Needs Level
SEN Provision Type


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