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aArtvark

aARTvark is an artistic day centre based in Ashford for adults with learning disabilities, additional needs and mental health problems. At aArtvark we use a wide variety of drawing, painting and textile techniques, and we enjoy an array of craft activities. We are driven by…
Telephone:
07735 448140
E-mail:
helga.aartvark@gmail.com
Website:
https://www.aartvark.org
Age Range:
19-25, 18-25 (Transition)
Disablities:
Learning difficulty

aArtvark

aARTvark is an artistic day centre based in Ashford for adults with learning disabilities, additional needs and mental health problems.

At aArtvark we use a wide variety of drawing, painting and textile techniques, and we enjoy an array of craft activities.

We are driven by the challenge in finding ways and to make adaptations for each individual to enable them to reach their goals. It is our priority that the works created are achieved by the student with our guidance and support, so that ultimately the artwork is theirs to be proud of.

We have regular exhibitions, and students are involved in the whole process. It is a joy to see how proud the students are to display their work to the public and to discuss it with visitors. 

aArtvark is run by a professional artist who is a fully qualified and registered art teacher. The other members of our aArtvark team are specialised in a variety of subject areas, making it a very exciting learning environment. We also make sure that the art products and materials used are of the best quality, as our students deserve to experience working with products that will help them to achieve the best possible results. At aArtvark, we strongly believe in integrated learning, and as a registered Asdan centre we deliver a variety of courses, but without putting any pressure on our students; often students don't necessarily realise they are working towards a certificate.

Our students have built many friendships, and occasionally there are outings to places such as the Harry Potter Studio, restaurants, the cinema and the theatre.

Feel free to contact us for a free taster session.

 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Helga Picknell
Telephone
07735 448140
E-mail
helga.aartvark@gmail.com
Website
https://www.aartvark.org

Where to go

Name
Aartvark
Address
Room 1-3 Caxton House
Wellesley Road
Ashford
Kent
Postcode
TN24 8ET
Notes

There is  parking on site.

Ramp access to the building

There are disabled toilets and the rooms can accomodate wheelchair users.

 

When is it on?

Date & Time Information
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 0930-1600 ( Wednesday mainstream art education classes)
Time of day
Afternoon
Morning
Session Information
0930-1600

Other Details

Cost details
We are on the KCC framework
Referral required?
No
Referral and availability notes

Please contact us for a taster session.

All students are welcome. Some students are via the KCC contract, some are direct payments, Kent card and some are private.

Notes

aARTvark is an artistic day centre based in Ashford for adults with a variety of additional needs, mental health problems and learning difficulties.

If you would like to participate in a free taster day please contact Helga Picknell on 07735448140.

Age Range
19-25, 18-25 (Transition)
Disablities:
Learning difficulty,

Active Lives - day centre for adults with learning and physical disabilities

Active Lives offers adults with learning and physical disabilities a wide range of activities designed to stimulate learning and independence. The centre has a large front and rear garden. Inside there is a room for relaxation and a cafeteria and kitchen where students can choose their meals and drinks. There is also a…
Telephone:
01227 450740
E-mail:
info@activelives.org
Website:
www.activelives.org/

Active Lives - day centre for adults with learning and physical disabilities

Active Lives offers adults with learning and physical disabilities a wide range of activities designed to stimulate learning and independence.

The centre has a large front and rear garden. Inside there is a room for relaxation and a cafeteria and kitchen where students can choose their meals and drinks.

There is also a large hall with a stage and work stations for the programme of activities.

Our programme includes:

  • employment training
  • independent living training
  • travel training
  • horse riding
  • social events & excursions
  • dance & music
  • fitness & exercise
  • arts & crafts
  • home cookery

 

Active Lives operate a mini bus which is available to students.

Our Employment programme offers the opportunity to gain valuable work experience at our Centre. We run our own online retail store. www.shopfromapound.co.uk which is operated from our Centre and we also have access to 2 convenience stores where we can place students for work place training. These offer us the opportunity to provide actual work based training with a view to helping students develop skills to enable them to access job opportunities and gain independence.

We are delighted to announce that with effect from March 2018 our dance programme will be conducted by Jo and Grace from Confidance. They are professionally qualified dance instructors who specialise in running programmes for people with disabilities. You can view their work at http://www.confidance.org.uk/

Who to contact

Contact Name
Janice Roberts
Contact Position
Administration Manager
Telephone
01227 450740
E-mail
info@activelives.org
Website
www.activelives.org/

Where to go

Name
Active Lives
Address
Bertha The Queen
Cumberland Avenue
Canterbury
Kent
Postcode
CT1 1SL

When is it on?

Date & Time Information
Open Monday to Friday from 10.00am until 4.00pm

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£41.00 - £44.00 Per day
Cost(s)
Cost details
Transport is available at an extra cost

Be Seen, Be Heard campaigning group - Sittingbourne (bemix - formerly Skillnet Group)

Be Seen, Be Heard is a campaigning and awareness raising group. We develop presentations around attitudes towards people with learning difficulties/disabilities.  We visit schools and other community group and give our presentation/workshops We are people with and without learning difficulties/disabilities and as part of our…
Telephone:
07834 190140
E-mail:
Thomas.Holton@bemix.org
Website:
https://www.bemix.org
Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Physical disability, Hearing impaired, Behavioural, emotional and social development, Severe learning difficulty, Visually impaired, Communication and interaction, Autism, Physical sensory/medical, Profound, severe or complex

Be Seen, Be Heard campaigning group - Sittingbourne (bemix - formerly Skillnet Group)

Be Seen, Be Heard is a campaigning and awareness raising group.


We develop presentations around attitudes towards people with learning difficulties/disabilities.  We visit schools and other community group and give our presentation/workshops


We are people with and without learning difficulties/disabilities and as part of our work we are supported to gain confidence and skills for life and accessing work Eg. admin, communication, presentations, organisation, planning.


We work with children and young people to explore and learnour impact on the world including people, planet and animals!


We offer 3 workshops:


How we want to be Treated: This is a presentation/workshop about how we want to be treated equally and fairly. It is a chance to get to know us and our achievements.


Work With Us: This is a presentation/workshop including applications and interviews for the children. Through this process, many children will experience working with us as supporters.


Eco Citizens: This is about how we can improve the way we use the worlds’ resources. It includes making a sensory garden with the school.

 

We are part of bemix (formerly Skillnet Group).

This project runs within the Day Opportunities framework, Lot 2, Promoting Independence

Who to contact

Contact Name
Thomas Holton
Contact Position
Project Lead - Be Seen, Be Heard Sittingbourne
Telephone
07834 190140
E-mail
Thomas.Holton@bemix.org
Website
https://www.bemix.org

Where to go

Name
The Pulse
Address
29
Park Road
Sittingbourne
Kent
Postcode
ME10 1DR
Notes

Fully accessible

When is it on?

Date & Time Information
Wednesdays 9am-3pm
Time of day
Afternoon
Morning

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£47.06 Per day
Cost(s)
Referral required?
No
Disablities:
Autism, Behavioural, emotional and social development, Communication and interaction, Hearing impaired, Learning difficulty, Physical disability, Physical sensory/medical, Profound, severe or complex, Severe learning difficulty, Visually impaired,

Bemix Group Support

Our projects and support aim to provide a stepping stone towards greater independence for people with learning difficulties and/or autism. In our groups, people have the opportunity to develop a range of skills. These include skills linked to the project, for example, music, media, performing…
Telephone:
01227 374285
E-mail:
info@bemix.org
Website:
https://www.bemix.org/.../group-support
Age Range:
18-25 (Transition)
Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Autism

Bemix Group Support

Our projects and support aim to provide a stepping stone towards greater independence for people with learning difficulties and/or autism. In our groups, people have the opportunity to develop a range of skills. These include skills linked to the project, for example, music, media, performing arts, catering or woodwork. In addition, people using our groups build social skills, confidence and self-advocacy.

As part of our projects, people have the opportunity to do a course and gain a qualification accredited through Gateway Qualifications.

 bemix works with individuals to develop a person centred support plan. The plan sets outcomes and goals that they would like to achieve and that are important to them. These are reviewed throughout a person's journey with bemix. The reviews include one to one sessions dedicated to supporting people to move on from bemix and access further opportunities.

bemix is contracted by Kent County Council as part of the Day Opportunities Framework.

Who to contact

Telephone
01227 374285
E-mail
info@bemix.org
Website
https://www.bemix.org/.../group-support

Where to go

Name
bemix Canterbury
Address
Unit 3, Roper Yard
Roper Road
Canterbury
Kent
Postcode
CT2 7ER

Other Details

Cost details
Check the different courses for costs
Age Range
18-25 (Transition)
Disablities:
Autism, Learning difficulty,

Canterbury Oast Trust - life skills for adults with a learning disability

Canterbury Oast Trust offers adults with a learning disability a wide range of activites and training to enable and empower them to reach their full potential and to take their place as members of society.  Canterbury Oast Trust currently operates eight Life skills projects where…
Telephone:
01233 861 493
E-mail:
info@c-o-t.org.uk
Website:
https://www.c-o-t.org.uk
Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Physical disability, Hearing impaired, Language difficulty, Behavioural, emotional and social development, Severe learning difficulty, Visually impaired, Communication and interaction, Autism, Physical sensory/medical, Profound, severe or complex, Behaviour and learning

Canterbury Oast Trust - life skills for adults with a learning disability

Canterbury Oast Trust offers adults with a learning disability a wide range of activites and training to enable and empower them to reach their full potential and to take their place as members of society.  Canterbury Oast Trust currently operates eight Life skills projects where we offer students vocational training both accredited and non-accredited.

Our Life skills offer activites and training in areas which include catering and hospitality, retail, IT, literacy and numeracy, music and dance, art and craft, horticulture and agriculture all supported by expert tutors who are supported by passionate teams.

Our services are spread across several sites including a double roundell Oast house, Tearooms in Rye, Poulton Wood our 28 acre nature reserve and of course our flagship site, The Rare Breed Centre at Woodchurch.

Our COT Pathfinders programme offers the oppotunity to understand what is needed for working life and our commercial based activities give students the experience to understand and gain skills in a real working environment.

COT also offer a mini-bus service that is open to students.

Who to contact

Telephone
01233 861 493
E-mail
info@c-o-t.org.uk
Website
https://www.c-o-t.org.uk

Where to go

Name
Rare Breed Centre
Address
Highlands Farm
Warehorne Road
Woodchurch
Nr Ashford
Kent
Postcode
TN26 3RJ

When is it on?

Date & Time Information
Open Monday to Friday (some services operate 7 days per week, please ask)from 9am until 4pm
Time of day
Afternoon
Evening
Morning
Session Information
Please ask for time of identified service at time of application.

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£40.50 - £66.74 Per day
Cost(s)
Cost details
Costs of service will be dependent on service
need of student and length of session - please ask for further details.
Transport is available at an extra cost.
Referral required?
Yes
Referral and availability notes

Upon request a Life Skills information pack and application form can be sent to your required address. 

Disablities:
Autism, Behaviour and learning, Behavioural, emotional and social development, Communication and interaction, Hearing impaired, Language difficulty, Learning difficulty, Physical disability, Physical sensory/medical, Profound, severe or complex, Severe learning difficulty, Visually impaired,

Chipstead Lake Resource Centre - day opportunities for disabled adults

We offer a wide and varied range of activities for disabled people, from art sessions to day trips, sailing lessons, pottery and much more. Our centre is a lively, inviting place where you can meet people, try out different activities and build new skills. If you…
Telephone:
01732 459 510
E-mail:
chipstead@leonardcheshire.org
Website:
www.chipsteadlake.org
Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Physical disability, Hearing impaired, Behavioural, emotional and social development, Visually impaired, Communication and interaction, Autism, Physical sensory/medical, Profound, severe or complex, Behaviour and learning

Chipstead Lake Resource Centre - day opportunities for disabled adults

We offer a wide and varied range of activities for disabled people, from art sessions to day trips, sailing lessons, pottery and much more.

Our centre is a lively, inviting place where you can meet people, try out different activities and build new skills. If you tell us there is something that you would like to do, we will do our best to make it happen!

Who to contact

Contact Name
Kerry Pidwell
Contact Position
Deputy Manager
Telephone
01732 459 510
E-mail
chipstead@leonardcheshire.org
Website
www.chipsteadlake.org

Where to go

Name
Chipstead Lake Resource Centre- Leonard Cheshire Disability
Address
Chevening Road
Chipstead
Sevenoaks
Kent
Postcode
TN13 2SD
Notes

Our centre is open to people of all ages with any type of disability. Hot lunches are available and we are able to cater for any dietary requirements.

Our clients include people who pay for themselves and people who receive direct payments, personal budgets or individual budgets from local councils. We offer a free taster session to experience the friendly atmosphere and activities on offer.

If you’d like to come along, please just get in touch.

When is it on?

Date & Time Information
Open Monday to Friday 9.30am-3.30pm
Time of day
Afternoon
Morning

Other Details

Cost details
Our clients include people who pay for themselves and people who receive direct payments
personal budgets or individual budgets from local councils.
Notes

We also cater for adults with a mild to moderate learning disability 

Disablities:
Autism, Behaviour and learning, Behavioural, emotional and social development, Communication and interaction, Hearing impaired, Learning difficulty, Physical disability, Physical sensory/medical, Profound, severe or complex, Visually impaired,

Choice Support - Carlton Day Centre

Sidcup, Kent About the Carlton Centre The Carlton Centre offers education, training and leisure opportunities for people with learning disabilities or autism. A modern and well-equipped building, the centre has flexible spaces and purpose-built facilities which include; a state-of-the-art special care suite, with ceiling hoists…
Telephone:
0800 0282 815
E-mail:
contactus@choicesupport.org.uk
Website:
https://www.choicesupport.org.uk
Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Autism

Choice Support - Carlton Day Centre

Sidcup, Kent

About the Carlton Centre

The Carlton Centre offers education, training and leisure opportunities for people with learning disabilities or autism. A modern and well-equipped building, the centre has flexible spaces and purpose-built facilities which include; a state-of-the-art special care suite, with ceiling hoists for people with profound and multiple physical disabilities; a soundproof music room; a dedicated room for arts and computer training; a sensory room that provides an environment for learning and relaxation; and a therapy room. The centre is also the perfect setting to provide community engagement activities ranging from art, drama, and music workshops to photography club and visits into community libraries and gyms.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Derek Kennedy
Telephone
0800 0282 815
E-mail
contactus@choicesupport.org.uk
Website
https://www.choicesupport.org.uk

Where to go

Name
Carlton Centre
Address
Carlton Centre
Carlton Road
Sidcup
Kent
Postcode
DA14 6AH
Notes

The centre is fully accessible with wide corridors and a lift. The garden is patioed and there is a large hall.

Other Details

Disablities:
Autism, Learning difficulty,

Choice Support - Growing Concern

Staplehurst and Maidstone, Kent About Growing Concern Working from two locations in Kent, Growing Concern supports people with learning disabilities to develop their gardening skills! The team help you grow fruit and vegetables as well as look after plants, we also sell some of the produce…
Telephone:
0800 0282 815
E-mail:
contactus@choicesupport.org.uk
Website:
https://www.choicesupport.org.uk
Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Autism

Choice Support - Growing Concern

Staplehurst and Maidstone, Kent

About Growing Concern

Working from two locations in Kent, Growing Concern supports people with learning disabilities to develop their gardening skills! The team help you grow fruit and vegetables as well as look after plants, we also sell some of the produce and plants to local businesses.

Growing Concern helps people build confidence and self-esteem in a working environment. We can look for work experience on your behalf and support you to write a CV, apply for jobs and gain interview skills.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Julie Fahy
Telephone
0800 0282 815
E-mail
contactus@choicesupport.org.uk
Website
https://www.choicesupport.org.uk

Where to go

Name
Choice Support
Address
Growing Concern
Maidstone Road
Staplehurst
Tonbridge
Kent
Postcode
TN12 0RE

Other Details

Disablities:
Autism, Learning difficulty,

Choice Support - Ken Boyce Centre

Sidcup, Kent About the Ken Boyce Centre The Ken Boyce Centre is a day centre for adults with learning disabilities. It provides opportunities for community engagement and activities which include: • Sports and leisure, including swimming and golf• A transition into employment group• Access to hydrotherapy…
Telephone:
0800 0282 815
E-mail:
contactus@choicesupport.org.uk
Website:
https://www.choicesupport.org.uk
Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Autism, Profound, severe or complex

Choice Support - Ken Boyce Centre

Sidcup, Kent

About the Ken Boyce Centre

The Ken Boyce Centre is a day centre for adults with learning disabilities. It provides opportunities for community engagement and activities which include:

• Sports and leisure, including swimming and golf
• A transition into employment group
• Access to hydrotherapy pool and aromatherapy massage sessions
• Access to community facilities such as ten-pin bowling and the ice-rink.

 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Kelly Stedman
Telephone
0800 0282 815
E-mail
contactus@choicesupport.org.uk
Website
https://www.choicesupport.org.uk

Where to go

Name
Ken Boyce Centre
Address
150
Rectory Lane
Footscray
Kent
Postcode
DA14 5BT

Other Details

Disablities:
Autism, Learning difficulty, Profound, severe or complex,

Choice Support - Pathways Day Centre

Northfleet, Kent About Pathways Day Centre Pathways is a service for adults aged 19 or older with a learning disability. Pathways Day Centre is a friendly service, that encourages individuals to learn new skills and increase their confidence. The service offers a wide variety of…
Telephone:
01474 360 220
E-mail:
contactus@choicesupport.org.uk
Website:
https://www.choicesupport.org.uk
Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Autism, Profound, severe or complex

Choice Support - Pathways Day Centre

Northfleet, Kent

About Pathways Day Centre

Pathways is a service for adults aged 19 or older with a learning disability. Pathways Day Centre is a friendly service, that encourages individuals to learn new skills and increase their confidence. The service offers a wide variety of activities, ranging from sports and leisure to arts and crafts, and are designed to suit different interests and abilities. 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Alison O'Reilly
Telephone
01474 360 220
E-mail
contactus@choicesupport.org.uk
Website
https://www.choicesupport.org.uk

Where to go

Name
Pathways
Address
18a
St. Georges Square
St. Georges Centre
Gravesend
Kent
Postcode
DA11 0TB

Other Details

Notes

The day centre is fully accessible for people with mobility problems or who may be in a wheelchair.  

Disablities:
Autism, Learning difficulty, Profound, severe or complex,

Choice Support - Peppercorns Day Centre

Dartford, Kent About Peppercorns Day Centre Peppercorns is an exciting day centre service for adults with learning disabilities over 19 years old. The centre is a fun and friendly place with a range of fantastic facilities and equipment. Our studio area provides the perfect setting for the…
Telephone:
01322 293312
08000 282 815
E-mail:
contactus@choicesupport.org.uk
Website:
https://www.choicesupport.org.uk
Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Autism, Profound, severe or complex

Choice Support - Peppercorns Day Centre

Dartford, Kent

About Peppercorns Day Centre

Peppercorns is an exciting day centre service for adults with learning disabilities over 19 years old. The centre is a fun and friendly place with a range of fantastic facilities and equipment. Our studio area provides the perfect setting for the drama club, or to let loose in the dance class; you can learn valuable lessons in the healthy lifestyle meetings, talking about exercise and planning healthy meals; you can even put these lessons to the test in cooking up tasty treats in the kitchen. There are also opportunities to socialise over a game of pool or table tennis, or you can relax and play games in the computer room. 

About the community

Peppercorns is located right in the middle of Dartford town centre, it is surrounded by shops, restaurants and leisure facilities that the day centre make full use of.

This includes the Industry building on Spital Street, just moments walk around the corner, which provides the Freedom nightclub on every last Wednesday of the month.

Who to contact

Telephone
01322 293312
08000 282 815
E-mail
contactus@choicesupport.org.uk
Website
https://www.choicesupport.org.uk

Where to go

Name
Choice Support
Address
Peppercorns
3a Orchard Street
Dartford
Kent
Postcode
DA1 2DF

Other Details

Disablities:
Autism, Learning difficulty, Profound, severe or complex,

Choice Support - Transitions

Maidstone, Kent  About Transitions We believe that every person should be empowered to access employment with the right support, and Transitions is a service that can help people aged 18-25 with learning disabilities to prepare for and enter paid employment. We work with people in 1-1…
Telephone:
0800 0282 815
E-mail:
contactus@choicesupport.org.uk
Website:
www.choicesupport.org.uk/
Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Autism, Profound, severe or complex

Choice Support - Transitions

Maidstone, Kent 

About Transitions

We believe that every person should be empowered to access employment with the right support, and Transitions is a service that can help people aged 18-25 with learning disabilities to prepare for and enter paid employment. We work with people in 1-1 sessions and in groups to help gain skills and experience which could lead to paid employment. The support can include: 

  • CV writing
  • Interview preparation and practice
  • Job searching
  • Travel training, job tasters and work experience

 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Julie Fahy
Telephone
0800 0282 815
E-mail
contactus@choicesupport.org.uk
Website
www.choicesupport.org.uk/

Where to go

Name
Choice Support Transitions
Address
Live It Well Maidstone
84 Holland Road
Maidstone
Kent
Postcode
ME14 1UT

Other Details

Disablities:
Autism, Learning difficulty, Profound, severe or complex,

Choice Support - Tuck by Truck Aylesford

Aylesford, Kent   About Tuck by Truck Aylesford  You may not think you are ready to work. As soon as you come to Tuck by Truck, you will see that everything is possible! Here you will learn new skills and build your confidence, meet new friends,…
Telephone:
0800 0282 815
E-mail:
contactus@choicesupport.org.uk
Website:
www.choicesupport.org.uk/
Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Profound, severe or complex

Choice Support - Tuck by Truck Aylesford

Aylesford, Kent

 

About Tuck by Truck Aylesford 

You may not think you are ready to work. As soon as you come to Tuck by Truck, you will see that everything is possible! Here you will learn new skills and build your confidence, meet new friends, and build your CV with real work experience. You can progress to paid work as a Delivery Assistant and we will support you to find volunteering and work experience opportunities at other businesses.

We deliver a tray of snacks to businesses in the Aylesford area and make deliveries every week or every 2 weeks.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Julie Fahy
Telephone
0800 0282 815
E-mail
contactus@choicesupport.org.uk
Website
www.choicesupport.org.uk/

Where to go

Name
Choice Support
Address
Unit 5, Brittania Business Park
Mills Road
Aylesford
Kent
Postcode
ME20 7NT

Other Details

Notes

Tuck by truck provides trays of snacks for small and large businesses. The people that work in the businesses are trusted to help themselves to the snacks and drinks and leave the money in a money-box. Tuck by tuck collect the money every week from the money-box and replace the snacks that have been bought.

 

 

Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Profound, severe or complex,

Choice Support - Tuck by Tuck Erith

Erith, Kent About Tuck By Truck Erith You may not think you are ready to work. As soon as you come to Tuck by Truck, you will see that everything is possible! Here you will learn new skills and build your confidence, meet new friends, and…
Telephone:
0800 0282 815
E-mail:
contactus@choicesupport.org.uk
Website:
www.choice.org.uk/.../index.aspx
Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Profound, severe or complex

Choice Support - Tuck by Tuck Erith

Erith, Kent

About Tuck By Truck Erith

You may not think you are ready to work. As soon as you come to Tuck by Truck, you will see that everything is possible! Here you will learn new skills and build your confidence, meet new friends, and build your CV with real work experience. You can progress to paid work as a Delivery Assistant and we will support you to find volunteering and work experience opportunities at other businesses.

We deliver a tray of snacks to businesses in the Erith area and make deliveries every week or every 2 weeks.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Cath Thompson
Telephone
0800 0282 815
E-mail
contactus@choicesupport.org.uk
Website
www.choice.org.uk/.../index.aspx

Where to go

Name
Choice Support
Address
Unit 13, Manford Industrial Estate
Manor Road
Erith
Kent
Postcode
DA8 2AJ

Other Details

Notes

Tuck by truck provides trays of snacks for small and large businesses. The people that work in the businesses are trusted to help themselves to the snacks and drinks and leave the money in a money-box. Tuck by tuck collect the money every week from the money-box and replace the snacks that have been bought.

Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Profound, severe or complex,

Choice Support - Tuck by Tuck Herne Bay

Herne Bay, Kent   About TBT You may not think you are ready to work but as soon as you come to Tuck by Truck, you will see that anything is possible! You can learn new skills, build your confidence, meet new friends, and build…
Telephone:
0800 0282 815
E-mail:
contactus@choicesupport.org.uk
Website:
www.choicesupport.org.uk/
Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Autism, Profound, severe or complex

Choice Support - Tuck by Tuck Herne Bay

Herne Bay, Kent

 

About TBT

You may not think you are ready to work but as soon as you come to Tuck by Truck, you will see that anything is possible! You can learn new skills, build your confidence, meet new friends, and build your CV with real work experience. There is the opportunity to progress into paid work as a Delivery Assistant and we will support you to find volunteering and work experience opportunities at other businesses.

We deliver a tray of snacks to businesses in the Erith area and make deliveries every week or every 2 weeks.

Tuck by truck provides trays of snacks for small and large businesses. The people that work in the businesses are trusted to help themselves to the snacks and drinks and leave the money in a money-box. Tuck by tuck collect the money every week from the money-box and replace the snacks that have been bought.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Karen Smeed
Telephone
0800 0282 815
E-mail
contactus@choicesupport.org.uk
Website
www.choicesupport.org.uk/

Where to go

Name
Tuck by Truck
Address
Unit 6C, Herne Bay West Industrial Park
Sea Street
Herne Bay
Kent
Postcode
CT6 8JZ
Notes

This is a bit tricky to find. When you go down Sea Street, you'll see a large warehouse called WAHL and signs saying Bones on Beds - go in here and go down to the end, turn right and at the end turn right and you'll see Tuck by Truck on the left.

Other Details

Disablities:
Autism, Learning difficulty, Profound, severe or complex,

Compaid Training Centre

Compaid's Training Centre in Paddock Wood provides a friendly, sociable environment where disabled adults can be supported to develop their confidence and skills in using new technology.Clients have a range of opportunities, from learning how to use social media and online shopping, Microsoft Office applications…
Telephone:
01892 833606
E-mail:
jonathansargant@compaid.org.uk
Website:
www.compaid.org.uk
Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Physical disability, Communication and interaction, Autism, Physical sensory/medical, Profound, severe or complex

Compaid Training Centre

Compaid's Training Centre in Paddock Wood provides a friendly, sociable environment where disabled adults can be supported to develop their confidence and skills in using new technology.

Clients have a range of opportunities, from learning how to use social media and online shopping, Microsoft Office applications such as Word and Powerpoint, genealogy and family research, and digital design packages. Every client develops their skills at their own pace, with one to one support from a staff member or volunteer. There are regular special projects available, faciliated by local artists and other support organisations, and those who wish to do so can study for a professional IT qualification through our partnership with Mid-Kent College.

The Training Centre is fully accessible for disabled adults of any age, and we have wide experience in supporting people with physical disabilities, mild learning disabilities, autism, acquired brain injuries and stroke, and people with sensory impairments.

 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Jonathan Sargant
Contact Position
Training Centre Co-ordinator
Telephone
01892 833606
E-mail
jonathansargant@compaid.org.uk
Website
www.compaid.org.uk

Where to go

Name
Compaid Training Centre
Address
Unit 1 Eastlands
Maidstone Road
Paddock Wood
Kent
Postcode
TN12 6BU

When is it on?

Date & Time Information
Open Monday to Friday from 10.00am until 3.00pm
Time of day
Afternoon
Evening
Morning

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£47 Per day
£23.50 Per half day
Cost(s)
Cost details
The above cost is a for a full day session running from 10.00am to 3.00pm
or a half day running 10.00am-12.30pm or 12.30pm to 3.00pm. Lunch can be provided at an extra charge.
Referral required?
Yes
Referral and availability notes

Referrals are welcomed for clients across a  wide spectrum of disabilities, includinng phyisical disability, learning disabilities, sensory impairments, autism and acquired brain injury.

Notes

Referrals are welcomed from clients across a wide spectrum of disabilities, includinng phyisical disability, learning disabilities, sensory impairments, autism and acquired brain injury.

Disablities:
Autism, Communication and interaction, Learning difficulty, Physical disability, Physical sensory/medical, Profound, severe or complex,

Creative Media and Digital Arts, Sittingbourne (bemix - Skillnet Group)

In Creative Media and Digital Arts (CMDA) we work alongside adults with learning difficulties/disabilities to develop skills in photography, photo editing, social media, graphic design (posters flyers) and animation.  We also support people to develop their skills in creative writing - for example, writing poetry and short stories.   We…
Telephone:
07834 190140
E-mail:
thomas.holton@bemix.org
Website:
https://www.bemix.org
Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Profound, severe or complex

Creative Media and Digital Arts, Sittingbourne (bemix - Skillnet Group)

In Creative Media and Digital Arts (CMDA) we work alongside adults with learning difficulties/disabilities to develop skills in photography, photo editing, social media, graphic design (posters flyers) and animation.  We also support people to develop their skills in creative writing - for example, writing poetry and short stories.  

We have recently been working on producing a short animation about how people with learning difficulties/disabilities should be treated.

This project runs within the Day Opportunities framework, Lot 2, Promoting Independence

 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Thomas Holton
Contact Position
Supporter - Music and Arts
Telephone
07834 190140
E-mail
thomas.holton@bemix.org
Website
https://www.bemix.org

Where to go

Name
The Pulse Workshop and Events Venue
Address
29
Park Road
Sittingbourne
Kent
Postcode
ME10 1DR

When is it on?

Date & Time Information
Fridays 10am - 4pm
Time of day
Afternoon
Morning
Session Information
Morning session 10am - 1pm
Afternoon session 1pm - 4pm

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£47.06 Per day
£23.53 Per half day
Cost(s)
Vacancies
Yes
Referral required?
No
Referral and availability notes

We accept referrals from Care Managers and self referrals

Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Profound, severe or complex,

Day Services at the Scotts Project Trust

We offer Day Services designed 'to promote and support an individual's wellbeing, goals and aspirations in everyday community life with a view to sustaining choice, control, independence and personal aspirations which support the individual's Care and Support Plan'. Our Day Services are provided in beautiful…
Telephone:
01732 378944
01732 367917
E-mail:
info@dayservices.scottsproject.org.uk
Website:
https://dayservices.scottsproject.org.uk/
Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Profound, severe or complex

Day Services at the Scotts Project Trust

We offer Day Services designed 'to promote and support an individual's wellbeing, goals and aspirations in everyday community life with a view to sustaining choice, control, independence and personal aspirations which support the individual's Care and Support Plan'. Our Day Services are provided in beautiful idyllic site in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and provides a calm and welcoming environment. Please contact us for more information and to arrange a Taster Day.

 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Claire Davies/Clare Whymark
Contact Position
Day Services Senior Staff
Telephone
01732 378944
01732 367917
E-mail
info@dayservices.scottsproject.org.uk
Website
https://dayservices.scottsproject.org.uk/

Where to go

Name
Scotts Project Trust
Address
Delarue Hall
Delarue Close
Tonbridge
Kent
Postcode
TN11 9NN
Notes

Please click here for directions.

When is it on?

Date & Time Information
Open 9.30am to 4.30pm
Time of day
Afternoon
Morning
Session Information
Please click the link to our latest Day Service's session list as at May 2017: https://dayservices.scottsproject.org.uk/course-list

Other Details

Referral and availability notes

https://dayservices.scottsproject.org.uk/course-list

Notes

The Day Services centre is part of Scotts Project Trust.

Scotts supports adults with learning disabilities to strive to reach their aspirations and make choices about how they want to live their lives through three interlinked services, based near Tonbridge in Kent

  • St Peter's Row, our residential care home, for those who need support to develop their independence
  • The Oaks and Willows, two independent living houses, promoting the skills to live as independently as possible
  • Scotts Day Services which runs sessions and activities to develop life skills and confidence

Initially set up by Jill and Denis Scott, the Scotts Project Trust has been in existence for more than 25 years providing an invaluable service for all those who come here.

Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Profound, severe or complex,

Discovery Catering; cooking and hospitality group - Canterbury (bemix - formerly Skillnet Group)

Discovery Catering is a social enterprise.  It is run by a group of people with and without learning difficulties who work together to gain skills in cooking and catering. People are supported to develop and prepare recipes, learn about healthy eating, gain skills in using kitchen…
Telephone:
01227 374 285
E-mail:
Karen.Franczak@bemix.org
Website:
https://www.bemix.org
Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Profound, severe or complex

Discovery Catering; cooking and hospitality group - Canterbury (bemix - formerly Skillnet Group)

Discovery Catering is a social enterprise.  It is run by a group of people with and without learning difficulties who work together to gain skills in cooking and catering. People are supported to develop and prepare recipes, learn about healthy eating, gain skills in using kitchen equipment, work towards qualifications in hospitality and catering and be supported to work at catering bookings and local events.

This project runs within the Day Opportunities framework, Lot 2, Promoting Independence

 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Karen Franczak
Contact Position
Project Lead - Discovery Catering
Telephone
01227 374 285
E-mail
Karen.Franczak@bemix.org
Website
https://www.bemix.org

Where to go

Name
Westgate Hall
Address
Westgate Hall Road
Canterbury
Kent
Postcode
CT1 2BT

When is it on?

Date & Time Information
Tuesday
Time of day
Morning
Session Information
Open every Tuesday 11am - 2pm

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£23.53 Per half day
Cost(s)
Referral required?
No
Referral and availability notes

We accept referrals from Care Managers, supporters and self referrals

Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Profound, severe or complex,

East Kent Mencap - Margate Resource Centre

Promoting Wellbeing Service Programme of Activities We provide a range of activities which develop and enhance the health and wellbeing of people who use our services. We ensure people are supported to make choices which enable participation within our own services by accessing community resources.…
Telephone:
01843 808 964
E-mail:
info@eastkentmencap.co.uk
Website:
https://www.eastkentmencap.co.uk/
Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Physical sensory/medical, Profound, severe or complex

East Kent Mencap - Margate Resource Centre

Promoting Wellbeing Service

Programme of Activities

We provide a range of activities which develop and enhance the health and wellbeing of people who use our services. We ensure people are supported to make choices which enable participation within our own services by accessing community resources.

Our activities include:

Health and Fitness

Lifestyle and independent living skills

Survival cooking and food safety

Accessing community resources – Leisure centres and clubs which include:

Bowling

Swimming

Sailing

And other sports

We make use of other resources which include Birdwatching, learning computer skills at Libraries.

Staying safe

Travel training

Road safety

Creative workshops including Drama, Dance and Music, Photography, Art, Craft and upcycling.

 

Additional Support

We have developed new services and resources which offer further opportunities for people with additional needs.

These services offer additional communication and sensory activities which increase interaction, engagement, physical health and self-determination.

We employee a dedicated team to provide 1:1 support which enables people with additional health, physical and communication needs to access activities of their choice.

We will build services around people who choose us to support them. We provide opportunities for people to access their community resources.  

We provide support to young people.

We successfully bid for additional funds which enable us to provide activities and special experiences for people who use our services.

 

Who to contact

Telephone
01843 808 964
E-mail
info@eastkentmencap.co.uk
Website
https://www.eastkentmencap.co.uk/
Parent Organisation
East Kent Mencap

Where to go

Name
Margate Resource Centre
Address
New Gateway House
132 Northdown Road
Cliftonville
Margate
Kent
Postcode
CT9 2RB

When is it on?

Time of day
Afternoon
Evening
Morning
Session Information
Open Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£40.50 Per day
£20.25 Per half day
Cost(s)
Cost details
Please contact directly
Referral required?
Yes
Referral and availability notes

You can self fund and we accept direct payments, and referrals from KCC

Notes

These activities are  for men and women over the age of 18.  We have ramps for people in wheelchairs or those that have difficulty walking. We are able to offer places to people who need one to one support if they are accompanied by their own Support Worker.

Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Physical sensory/medical, Profound, severe or complex,

East Kent Mencap - Ramsgate Resource Centre

Promoting Wellbeing Service Programme of Activities We provide a range of activities which develop and enhance the health and wellbeing of people who use our services. We ensure people are supported to make choices which enable participation within our own services by accessing community resources.…
Telephone:
01843 808 964
E-mail:
info@eastkentmencap.co.uk
Website:
https://www.eastkentmencap.co.uk/
Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Autism, Physical sensory/medical, Profound, severe or complex

East Kent Mencap - Ramsgate Resource Centre

Promoting Wellbeing Service

Programme of Activities

We provide a range of activities which develop and enhance the health and wellbeing of people who use our services. We ensure people are supported to make choices which enable participation within our own services by accessing community resources.

Our activities include:

  • Health and Fitness
  • Lifestyle and independent living skills
  • Survival cooking and food safety
  • Accessing community resources – Leisure centres and clubs which include:
  • Bowling
  • Golf
  • Swimming
  • Sailing
  • And other sports
  • We make use of other resources which include Birdwatching, learning computer skills at Libraries.
  • Staying safe
  • Travel training
  • Road safety
  • Creative workshops including Drama, Dance and Music, Photography, Art, Craft and upcycling.

 

Additional Support

We have developed new services and resources which offer further opportunities for people with additional needs.

These services offer additional communication and sensory activities which increase interaction, engagement, physical health and self-determination.

We employee a dedicated team to provide 1:1 support which enables people with additional health, physical and communication needs to access activities of their choice.

We will build services around people who choose us to support them. We provide opportunities for people to access their community resources.  

We provide support to Children and young people.

We successfully bid for additional funds which enable us to provide activities and special experiences for people who use our services.

 

Who to contact

Telephone
01843 808 964
E-mail
info@eastkentmencap.co.uk
Website
https://www.eastkentmencap.co.uk/
Parent Organisation
East Kent Mencap

Where to go

Name
Foresters Hall
Address
Meeting Street
Ramsgate
KENT
Postcode
CT11 9RT
Notes

Accessible building located close to town centre

When is it on?

Date & Time Information
Open Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm
Time of day
Afternoon
Evening
Morning

Other Details

Cost details
Please contact Karen Loughrill
Referral required?
No
Referral and availability notes

You can self fund, and we accept direct payments, or a referral from KCC

Notes

These activities are for men and women over the age of 18.  We have ramps for people in wheelchairs or those that have difficulty walking. We are able to offer places to people who need one to one support if they are accompanied by their own Support Worker.

Disablities:
Autism, Learning difficulty, Physical sensory/medical, Profound, severe or complex,

East Kent Mencap - Sheerness Day Resource

Promoting Wellbeing Service Programme of Activities We provide a range of activities which develop and enhance the health and wellbeing of people who use our services. We ensure people are supported to make choices which enable participation within our own services by accessing community resources.…
Telephone:
01843 808 964
E-mail:
info@eastkentmencap.co.uk
Website:
https://www.eastkentmencap.co.uk/
Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Autism, Physical sensory/medical, Profound, severe or complex

East Kent Mencap - Sheerness Day Resource

Promoting Wellbeing Service

Programme of Activities

We provide a range of activities which develop and enhance the health and wellbeing of people who use our services. We ensure people are supported to make choices which enable participation within our own services by accessing community resources.

Our activities include:

  • Health and Fitness
  • Lifestyle and independent living skills
  • Survival cooking and food safety
  • Accessing community resources – Leisure centres and clubs which include:
  • Bowling
  • Swimming
  • Sailing
  • And other sports
  • We make use of other resources which include Birdwatching, learning computer skills at Libraries.
  • Staying safe
  • Travel training
  • Road safety
  • Creative workshops including Drama, Dance and Music, Photography, Art, Craft and upcycling.

 

Additional Support

We have developed new services and resources which offer further opportunities for people with additional needs.

These services offer additional communication and sensory activities which increase interaction, engagement, physical health and self-determination.

We employee a dedicated team to provide 1:1 support which enables people with additional health, physical and communication needs to access activities of their choice.

We will build services around people who choose us to support them. We provide opportunities for people to access their community resources.  

We provide support to Children and young people.

We successfully bid for additional funds which enable us to provide activities and special experiences for people who use our services.

 

Promoting Independence Service

Programme of Activities

Activities will require some formal building based delivery, however, to encourage real life approaches, a much higher emphasis will be placed on learning within community based settings.

Our proposed sites will serve as Hub and meeting points.

Sessions/Activities:

What is a person centred plan – How do I achieve my ambitions?

Skills and confidence assessment

Setting my targets and how to recognise that these have been met?

Moving On

How to use our resources to develop your independence

What is risk?

Speaking Up – Basic induction

Travel Training

Keeping Safe – HATE, MATE, PREVENT – How to avoid and resolve – Online safety

Healthy Living – Good Nutrition and Fitness

Wellbeing – Emotional Awareness – Developing and Maintaining friendships – what is loneliness?

Sexual health

Home skills – Budgeting, Paying Bills, Maintaining your benefits, cleaning, cooking, security, recognising home based hazards, minor home maintenance, housing options, Telecare, How to use social media, How to set up service contracts (Utilities bills), GPs and Dentists – When to use A&E

Information and Advice – How and where to find it

Speaking Up – Exploring self-advocacy – Local groups – Self Help – Methods and approaches

Self-help – Testing community based activity – Developing hobbies – creating social networks to share interests – What community based activities are available to you?

Future Options – Work, Further Education, self-directed support – Direct Payments

When to recognise a problem and how to ask for help – Personal resilience and coping skills

 

 

Who to contact

Telephone
01843 808 964
E-mail
info@eastkentmencap.co.uk
Website
https://www.eastkentmencap.co.uk/
Parent Organisation
East Kent Mencap

Where to go

Name
Trinity House
Address
2 Trinity Road
Sheerness
KENT
Postcode
ME12 2PJ
Notes

New resource in the centre of Sheerness, close to shops and leisure facilities offering a wide range of activities.

When is it on?

Date & Time Information
Open Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm
Time of day
Afternoon
Morning

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£40.50 Per day
£20.25 Per half day
Cost(s)
Referral required?
No
Referral and availability notes

You can self fund, and we accept direct payments, or a referral from KCC.

Notes

The activities are provided for men and women over the age of 18.  We are able to offer places to people who need one to one support if they are accompanied by their own Support Worker.

 

 

Disablities:
Autism, Learning difficulty, Physical sensory/medical, Profound, severe or complex,

Eco Shed - Woodwork and recycled arts (bemix - formerly Skillnet Group)

Eco Shed is a woodworking and upcycling arts project in Sittingbourne. We work alongside people with learning difficulties/disabilities and/or autism.  We support people to learn skills and develop their own ideas in wood work, recycling, upcycling and creative practical art.  We also support people to learn skills in…
Telephone:
01795 438857
07966 791601
E-mail:
terie.fielder@bemix.org
Website:
https://www.bemix.org
Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Autism, Physical sensory/medical, Profound, severe or complex

Eco Shed - Woodwork and recycled arts (bemix - formerly Skillnet Group)

Eco Shed is a woodworking and upcycling arts project in Sittingbourne.

We work alongside people with learning difficulties/disabilities and/or autism.  We support people to learn skills and develop their own ideas in wood work, recycling, upcycling and creative practical art.  We also support people to learn skills in business and social enterprise as part of the wider project.

Eco Shed is based in a modern workshop which enables us to make products to sell on the open market. Any profit we make is reinvested back into the project. We regularly display and sell our products at fairs and promotional events around Kent and also work in partnership with a number of local organisations and community groups.

We are passionate about recycling. All of the products made are from recycled materials. We recycle paper, card, plastic, glass and tins which are separated into bins and recycled. Waste is weighed and recorded and can be found on our progress reports. We feel strongly about raising awareness about ethical and environmental issues and have worked together to produce works of art which not only are made from recyclable materials but also benefit local wildlife. The items also produce a beautiful backdrop of colour in the garden. We have displayed these works of art in various locations showing that our products are creative, beneficial for the environment and everyone can be involved.

Eco Shed is part of bemix (formerly Skillnet Group); we believe everyone should work together equally within the community.

This project runs within the Day Opportunities framework, Lot 2, Promoting Independence

 

 

 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Terie Fielder
Contact Position
Project lead
Telephone
01795 438857
07966 791601
E-mail
terie.fielder@bemix.org
Website
https://www.bemix.org

Where to go

Name
The Eco Shed
Address
29
Park Road
Sittingbourne
Kent
Postcode
ME10 1DR
Notes

Our workshop is located at the back of The Pulse and we share the same address. 

When is it on?

Date & Time Information
Open Monday to Friday from 9.00 till 15.30

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£47.06 Per day
Cost(s)
Cost details
Each session costs £47.06 starting at 9am and finishing at 3pm.
Referral required?
No
Referral and availability notes

We take referrals from Care Managers and self referrals.

Notes

We support adults with learning difficulties/disablities, autism and mental health issues to have meaningful experiences within our thriving wood workshop enviroment.

As well as being given the opportunity to develop woodwork skills people can be actively involved in selling the products we make and getting paid work with us.

Disablities:
Autism, Learning difficulty, Physical sensory/medical, Profound, severe or complex,

The Education People - Supported Employment

Our Specialist Employment Service provides a range of services to support individuals to gain and sustain paid employment. We use a one-to-one, person-centred approach, tailored to best suit the individual’s needs. Utilising our specialist knowledge and experience of services for vulnerable learner groups, adults with…
Telephone:
03000 410 781
E-mail:
KentSupportedEmployment@theeducationpeople.org
Website:
The Education People Specialist Employment
Age Range:
19-25
Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Physical disability, Hearing impaired, Language difficulty, Behavioural, emotional and social development, Severe learning difficulty, Visually impaired, Communication and interaction, Autism, Physical sensory/medical, Profound, severe or complex, Behaviour and learning

The Education People - Supported Employment

Our Specialist Employment Service provides a range of services to support individuals to gain and sustain paid employment. We use a one-to-one, person-centred approach, tailored to best suit the individual’s needs. Utilising our specialist knowledge and experience of services for vulnerable learner groups, adults with a disability or disadvantage, and SEND students.

Who to contact

Telephone
03000 410 781
E-mail
KentSupportedEmployment@theeducationpeople.org
Website
The Education People Specialist Employment
Notes

https://www.theeducationpeople.org/products/specialist-employment/tailored-support-for-students-and-jobseekers/

Through our Kent Supported Employment team, we have been supporting students and adult jobseekers into tailored work experience, internships, apprenticeships and paid employment since 1991. We provide high quality support to help you prepare for, enter and succeed in the world of work.


Supported Employment aims to enhance, inspire and empower disabled and disadvantaged individuals into sustainable employment pathways. We provide a professional end to end service, to enable people to be self-sufficient within the work place. We promote to employers the benefits of employing a diverse and inclusive work force.


We can support you with:

  • Helping you create a new CV or review an existing one and understand how employers use them
  • The different ways of applying for jobs and how to answer certain types of questions
  • Deciding on a career that suits you. We use a vocational profile and professional careers guidance to help you make informed choices about the job you would like to do and see what your skills and aspirations are
  • Work experience and tasters to build on your experience and introduce you to different working environments
  • Preparing for an interview. Many people find interviews daunting, we can help with what to expect and run practice interviews
  • Talking to employers, support to liaise with managers and HR to negotiate flexible working conditions and reasonable adjustments in the workplace (if appropriate), and contacting Department of Work and Pensions about assessments and adaptations
  • Travelling to work to become more confident using public transport and learning new routes
  • Starting your job, we can give you in-work support, with job coaching, to help you learn and understand your new role
  • Advice on benefits to understand how any benefits you receive will be affected if you work and complete better off financial calculations
  • Providing support if you are already in work and are experiencing difficulty due to a disability or health condition.

When is it on?

Session Information
To find out more and to see if you meet our criteria please contact us at: Email: KentSupportedEmployment@theeducationpeople.org or Telephone: 03000 410781

Other Details

Referral required?
Yes
Referral and availability notes

If you would like our support to find an apprenticeship or paid work and you have a Kent County Council care manager or social worker, you can ask them to refer you to us using our Supported Employment online referral form that they will have access to.

To find out more and to see if you meet our criteria please contact us at:  Email: KentSupportedEmployment@theeducationpeople.org  or Telephone: 03000 410781

Age Range
19-25
Disablities:
Autism, Behaviour and learning, Behavioural, emotional and social development, Communication and interaction, Hearing impaired, Language difficulty, Learning difficulty, Physical disability, Physical sensory/medical, Profound, severe or complex, Severe learning difficulty, Visually impaired,

Elmsleigh Lodge - Day Center for Adults with Learning Disabilities

At Elmsleigh Lodge we provide Support, Rehabilitation and Develop Life Skills for our Service Users. We act as a social hub for Adults with Learning Disabilities to promote their independence and social inclusion. Our activities are set to promote individual goals and desired outcomes.
Telephone:
01634 403 797 / 07712 700 789
E-mail:
time4ulimited@gmail.com
Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Profound, severe or complex

Elmsleigh Lodge - Day Center for Adults with Learning Disabilities

At Elmsleigh Lodge we provide Support, Rehabilitation and Develop Life Skills for our Service Users. We act as a social hub for Adults with Learning Disabilities to promote their independence and social inclusion. Our activities are set to promote individual goals and desired outcomes.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Frank Kufakwaro
Contact Position
Manager
Telephone
01634 403 797 / 07712 700 789
E-mail
time4ulimited@gmail.com

Where to go

Name
Elmsleigh Lodge
Address
118
Maidstone Road
Chatham
Kent
Postcode
ME4 6DQ
Notes

Elmsleigh Lodge is a ten bed Supported Living unit with vacancies for Learning Disability & Challenging Behaviour Adults of all ages and for both short & long term stays. We have the day center adjoining. Please call us for all vacancy and placement enquiries. Emergency Placements are welcome

When is it on?

Date & Time Information
We are open 7days a week
Time of day
Afternoon
Evening
Morning

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
53.00 Per overnight stay
45.00 Per day
15.40 Per hour
Cost(s)
Referral required?
Yes
Referral and availability notes

We have 10 beds still available and spaces available for the day centre. Kindly email us your referrals in the first instance or simply call us on 01634 403 797 or 07712 700 789 and we will be happy to carry out our own assessments

Notes

We cater for Short & Long Term stays

We cater for Mild to Severe Learning Difficulties

We cater for Challenging Behaviours

Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Profound, severe or complex,

The Fifth Trust - Day Opportunities

Provide day opportunities for learning disabilities age 16+ based over two sites in the Elham Valley near Barham   
Telephone:
01227832022
Direct Line 01227 831851
E-mail:
nikki.marley@fifthtrust.co.uk
Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Profound, severe or complex

The Fifth Trust - Day Opportunities

Provide day opportunities for learning disabilities age 16+

based over two sites in the Elham Valley near Barham

  

Who to contact

Contact Name
Nikki Marley
Contact Position
General Manager
Telephone
01227832022
Direct Line 01227 831851
E-mail
nikki.marley@fifthtrust.co.uk

Where to go

Name
The Fifth Trust
Address
Elham Valley Vineyard
Elham Valley Road
Barham
Canterbury
Kent
Postcode
CT4 6LN
Notes

One of our sites is based on the Vineyard that also has a cafe and garden centre plus woodwork and pottery which are activities open to all indiviudals age 16+ with a learning disability.

When is it on?

Date & Time Information
9am - 5pm Monday - Thursday & 9am - 4pm Friday
Session Information
2 sessions per day am session 9 - 10.30 then break session 11-12.30pm
pm sessions 13.30 - 15.00 then break session 15.30 - 5pm

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£40.60 Per day
Cost(s)
Referral required?
Yes
Referral and availability notes

Referral via Care Manager

Referral via self referral 

Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Profound, severe or complex,

Folkestone Library - A Crafty Coffee

Thursday 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Have you ever wanted to try a new craft or are you willing to help others learn?Perhaps you’re a nifty knitter, a seasoned seamstress, talented at tapestry, competent at crochet or an expert embroiderer. OR maybe you’re a complete novice and want to learn a…
Telephone:
03000 41 31 31
E-mail:
folkestonelibrary@kent.gov.uk
Website:
Folkestone Library

Folkestone Library - A Crafty Coffee

Thursday 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Have you ever wanted to try a new craft or are you willing to help others learn?
Perhaps you’re a nifty knitter, a seasoned seamstress, talented at tapestry, competent at crochet or an expert embroiderer. OR maybe you’re a complete novice and want to learn a new skill.


If so, why not come along to Folkestone Library and have a go or just come for a chat and a coffee.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Folkestone Library
Telephone
03000 41 31 31
E-mail
folkestonelibrary@kent.gov.uk
Website
Folkestone Library
Parent Organisation
Folkestone Library

Where to go

Name
Folkestone Library

When is it on?

Date & Time Information
Thursday 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Time of day
Afternoon
Session Information
Thursday 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Other Details

Cost details
Free

The Freedom Centre

The Freedom Centre is an educational day centre, based in Sheerness, for adults with physical and learning disabilities.
Telephone:
01795 666233
E-mail:
office@freedom-centre.org.uk
Website:
https://www.freedom-centre.org
Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Physical sensory/medical, Profound, severe or complex

The Freedom Centre

The Freedom Centre is an educational day centre, based in Sheerness, for adults with physical and learning disabilities.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Mrs Anita Provan
Contact Position
Centre Manager
Telephone
01795 666233
E-mail
office@freedom-centre.org.uk
Website
https://www.freedom-centre.org

Where to go

Name
The Freedom Centre
Address
St Georges Avenue
Sheerness
Kent
Postcode
ME12 1QT
Notes

The Freedom Centre is fully accessible, with a computer suite, large hall and a kitchen providing hot meals, sandwiches, teas and coffees, all at a small cost.

When is it on?

Date & Time Information
Monday to Friday 9.00am to 3.00pm
Time of day
Afternoon
Morning

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£20.05 Per half day
£40.10 Per day
Cost(s)
Referral required?
Yes
Referral and availability notes

You can be referred through your Care Manager, or refer yourself via Direct Payments.

We have availability Monday to Friday for various sessions, including English, Art, Swimming, Tai Chi, IT and Arts & Crafts. We also hold a social day on Thursdays.

Notes

The Freedom Centre has, over the years, expanded to be used as a hub for outside agencies e.g. various therapies, CAB, Hairdressers, Chriopody, District Nurses and weight/diabetic management. 

We provide for different dietary needs.

We provide transport, where necessary.

Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Physical sensory/medical, Profound, severe or complex,

Hadlow Pottery

We are a working pottery producing quality items of functional and decorative ware which we sell through local outlets and community events throughout Kent. Our aim is to build the individual's confidence through the production of the pot. Each person has their own design giving them…
Telephone:
01732 851961
E-mail:
hadlowpottery@gmail.com
Website:
https://www.hadlowpottery.org/
Age Range:
18-25 (Transition)
Disablities:
Learning difficulty

Hadlow Pottery

We are a working pottery producing quality items of functional and decorative ware which we sell through local outlets and community events throughout Kent. Our aim is to build the individual's confidence through the production of the pot. Each person has their own design giving them a sense of identity.  Any profits made go back into the service to provide therapuetic art and craft activities for adults with learning difficulties. 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Maggie Blanche
Contact Position
C E O
Telephone
01732 851961
E-mail
hadlowpottery@gmail.com
Website
https://www.hadlowpottery.org/

Where to go

Name
Hadlow Pottery
Address
Hadlow College Court Lane Horticultural Site
Court Lane
Hadlow
Tonbridge
Kent
Postcode
TN11 0DP
Notes

The post code is for Tonbridge Fencing.  When you reach the destination please Turn into the Hadlow College Horticultural Site opposite Tonbridge Fencing. Drive to the end of the Greenhouse on the right , Turn right .  Hadlow Pottery is in front of you.

 

When is it on?

Date & Time Information
Open from Monday to Friday from 9am until 4pm.

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£40.50 Per day
Cost(s)
Referral required?
Yes
Referral and availability notes

Spaces are limited but please call to see if places are available

Age Range
18-25 (Transition)
Disablities:
Learning difficulty,

Hendrickx Associates

Training, assessment, consultancy, conferences and support.  Specialists in the Autistic Specrum Conditions, dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and equality & diversity.  Support and expertise provided to both organisations, individuals and families.
Telephone:
07803 325542
E-mail:
info@asperger-training.com
Website:
www.asperger-training.com
Age Range:
Suitable for all ages
Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Autism

Hendrickx Associates

Training, assessment, consultancy, conferences and support.  Specialists in the Autistic Specrum Conditions, dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and equality & diversity.  Support and expertise provided to both organisations, individuals and families.

Who to contact

Telephone
07803 325542
E-mail
info@asperger-training.com
Website
www.asperger-training.com

Where to go

Address
2
Myrtle Road
Lancing
West Sussex
Postcode
BN15 9HX

When is it on?

Date & Time Information
By appointment only

Other Details

Age Range
Suitable for all ages
Disablities:
Autism, Learning difficulty,

The John Graham Centre

The John Graham Centre –providing indoor and outdoor activities and opportunities for adults who have a learning disability.   Established in 2003, The John Graham Centre based on a farm in the village of Blean just outside Canterbury provides a warm and welcoming day service…
Telephone:
01227 478564
E-mail:
angela@thejohngrahamcentre.co.uk
Age Range:
Ages 16-18, 18-25 (Transition)
Disablities:
Learning difficulty

The John Graham Centre

The John Graham Centre –providing indoor and outdoor activities and opportunities for adults who have a learning disability.

 

Established in 2003, The John Graham Centre based on a farm in the village of Blean just outside Canterbury provides a warm and welcoming day service both indoors and outdoors for adults with learning disabilities.

 

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

  • THE FARM - helping to look after all the farm animals, sheep, pigs, cows, goats, donkeys, plus small animals- chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs.. Learning the care needed – feeding regimes, exercise, grooming, cleaning out and making new beds in the animal houses.  For many people, getting to know animals and working with them instills great personal satisfaction, feeling valued, helping to develop /improve expressive speech and communication skills, confidence and a general feeling of wellbeing.
  • HORSE RIDING – a small riding arena gives opportunity for horse riding indoors, plus outdoors in fields and woodland under the supervision of a qualified instructor. Also learning the overall care of the horse, feeding, grooming, leading horses in and out to grazing . Stable management, care of equipment, cleaning tack learning to clean out the stable and make a clean bed for the horse.
  • GARDENING large areas for learning about growing vegetables and flowers. Very therapeutic and rewarding activity for many people, helping to learn the importance of vegetables in our diet, learning new skills, working in a team or individually. Also, opportunity to join a small community gardening group helping local residents.                                                                                                                                                   
  • LOGGING – helping a local farmer in the village to bag up logs, meeting new people, integrating in the local community. 
  • SWIMMING in Faversham, Herne Bay, Whitstable public swimming pools – regular weekly sessions very much enjoyed. Again, integrating locally, developng/maintaining social skills, team building exercises.
  • FOOTBALL- joining organized Group to participate in courses organized by the Go Ability Trust and run by the KFA at Polo Farm Sports Centre in Canterbury with qualified football coaches.
  • SOME OTHER ACTIVITIES – may include - Travel training – individual or group, depending on need. Crabbing – dependent on weather and tides, very popular, much enjoyed social time in community. Outings – visiting places of interest locally – we have complimentary passes to Canterbury Cathedral. Spring /Summer – Cycling -we have our own cycles/tricycles plus we may cycle with a local club in Canterbury, using organised cycle tracks.

INDOOR ACTIITIES

  • COOKING a large well-equipped kitchen gives opportunity to gain or further develop skills – preparation of food, cooking, learning about good and not so good foods to eat, gaining confidence and increasing independence in health and safety in the kitchen. Small groups of 4 to 6 or individual support, depending on ability. All take part, discuss planning, developing individual portfolios to refer to or share with family/friends.
  • ART AND CRAFT – very popular department, creative and therapeutic. Group or individual projects, depending on choice. Good socialising skill development, hand eye coordination, team building, helping each other, developing friendships, gaining confidence and progressing independence skills.     
  • MUSIC AND DANCE – always popular, encourages personal expression, fun sessions, choices, aids personal development/confidence, mobility. Opportunity to take part in dance projects organised locally in partnership with The Go Ability Trust. 
  • SIGNING CLASSES – classes held weekly in Makaton/BSL signing popular sessions, fun and learning in the further development of communication skills    
  • LITERACY – for those who wish to further develop reading and writing skills, individual or small group sessions held weekly

The John Graham Centre is a family run independent enterprise working closely with students, their families, professionals, voluntary bodies and the local community.

 

Prior to attendance a taster day is offered free of charge, this enables the prospective student to get the feel of the Centre and is an opportunity for staff to assess the level of ability and support that will be required.

 

Health and safety is paramount, staff must complete a high level of Core Training plus specialist courses as required. All staff have enhanced DBS plus two referees prior to commencing their employment.

 

The John Graham Centre has a full-time health and safety officer on site plus a full-time quality assurance manager.

 

The John Graham Centre is both progressive and forward looking, the inclusion of skills for life is present in every activity that we do – social skills, communication, speech development, self-confidence, self-value, the well-being of each student is paramount. During 2018 each student with support of staff will be developing/updating their personal portfolio for their own reflection on goals achieved, plus providing evidence that they can share with friends/family/professionals of their very valued progress along the life-skills pathway.

 

TRANSPORT

 

The Centre’s mini buses can collect adults with learning disabilities from: 

  • Canterbury
  • Whitstable
  • Herne Bay
  • Dover
  • Folkestone
  • Sturry
  • Upstreet
  • Faversham
  • Sittingbourne
  • Sheerness
  • Medway  

Who to contact

Contact Name
Angela Cook
Contact Position
Director
Telephone
01227 478564
E-mail
angela@thejohngrahamcentre.co.uk

Where to go

Name
The John Graham Centre
Address
Lucketts Farm
17 Blean Hill
Blean
Canterbury
Postcode
CT2 9EF

When is it on?

Date & Time Information
Open Monday to Friday
Session Information
Monday: 10:00 - 15:30
Tuesday: 10:00 - 15:30
Wednesday: 10:00 - 15:30
Thursday: 10:00 - 15:30
Friday: 10:00 - 15:30

Other Details

Cost details
Contact provider for details
Vacancies
n/a
Referral required?
Yes
Age Range
Ages 16-18, 18-25 (Transition)
Disablities:
Learning difficulty,

KAROBEN DAY OPPORTUNITY SERVICE

A rural farm setting providing opportunities for those with physical and learning disabilities aged 16 - 65 to engage with farm animals, plants, horses & donkeys, developing life skills to enhance independence, achieve goals and aspirations. Look us up on Facebook ! Our current pathways are -…
Telephone:
01233 770015
07974458288
E-mail:
carrie.karoben@gmail.com
Age Range:
Ages 16-18, 18-25 (Transition)
Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Physical disability, Physical sensory/medical

KAROBEN DAY OPPORTUNITY SERVICE

A rural farm setting providing opportunities for those with physical and learning disabilities aged 16 - 65 to engage with farm animals, plants, horses & donkeys, developing life skills to enhance independence, achieve goals and aspirations. Look us up on Facebook !

Our current pathways are -

Promoting Wellbeing :

Supporting individual wellbeing as well as needs, goals and aspirations through individual care & support plans

  • Engaging in purposeful activities
  • Experience community based opportunities
  • Access to Multi-sensory programme

Promoting Independance: 

Providing opportunities for promoting and supporting greater independence skills by building on existing skills and learning new skills through a variety of activities including:

  • ASDAN development
  • Cookery
  • Life skills
  • Animal Care
  • ASDAN Horse Course

Promoting Employment support :

A programme providing workshops & field trips to enhance social skills, confidence and gain knowledge to progress on a pathway to future paid employment.

Providing individualised support in ! ASDAN Development courses
CV writing, Interview techniques and Accessing work experience

Individual support : 

Through recognising and being responsive to individual needs with a flexible and specific approach in supporting individuals to meet identified outcomes with in their care and support plan whilst enabling safe access to meaningful activities. We also offer 1:1 horse/animal therapy!

Who to contact

Contact Name
Carrie Anning
Contact Position
Manager
Telephone
01233 770015
07974458288
E-mail
carrie.karoben@gmail.com

Where to go

Name
KAROBEN
Address
PARK FARM
SMARDEN BELL RD
SMARDEN
ASHFORD
KENT
Postcode
TN27 8PD
Notes

We do have big signs outside but we are in a rural setting so please contact us for seasonal landmarks or visit Karoben farm on facebook for a map link.

When is it on?

Date & Time Information
Open Monday to Friday from 10 until 3
Time of day
Afternoon
Morning
Session Information
Half day sessions can be provided with prior agreement

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
Wellbeing £53-£56 Per day
Independence £51-£54 Per day
Employment support £51.71 Per day
Additional support service £15 Per hour
Cost(s)
Cost details
Please contact us for exact costings and for individual horse therapy.
Referral required?
Yes
Referral and availability notes

We currently have availability on all days

Age Range
16-65
Notes

We cater for all disabilities aged 16 - 65.

We cover Ashford, wye, sellinge, wincheap canterbury, challock, charing, harrietsham, lenham, tenterden, Bethersden, Pluckley, Smarden, & anywhere in between.

Age Range
Ages 16-18, 18-25 (Transition)
Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Physical disability, Physical sensory/medical,

The Life Project Day Service - Blossoms Care Services Limited

LIFE Project Day Service The LIFE Project Day Service is a specialist day service for adults with enhanced support requirements, supporting individuals with Autism, complex needs and individuals with a dual diagnosis such as a learning disability and physical disability.  The Life Project supports people to:…
Telephone:
01795 422186
01795 422827
07833455821
E-mail:
blossoms.generalmanager@live.com
Website:
www.blossomssupportedliving.com/
Age Range:
Ages 16-18, 18-25 (Transition)
Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Physical disability, Severe learning difficulty, Autism, Profound, severe or complex

The Life Project Day Service - Blossoms Care Services Limited

LIFE Project Day Service

The LIFE Project Day Service is a specialist day service for adults with enhanced support requirements, supporting individuals with Autism, complex needs and individuals with a dual diagnosis such as a learning disability and physical disability. 

The Life Project supports people to:

  • Increase independance safely
  • Access the community to imporve social integration
  • Develop independent living skills
  • Engage sensory needs- learning through experiences
  • Socialise and build friendships
  • Encourage different communication methods
  • Provide comfort in a safe environment

We use a variety of skills and techniques to provide structure and achieve outcomes. We focus on consistency and proactive support to enhance the well being of those attending through stimulative sessions.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Samantha Hatcher Swann
Contact Position
Registered Manager
Telephone
01795 422186
01795 422827
07833455821
E-mail
blossoms.generalmanager@live.com
Website
www.blossomssupportedliving.com/

Where to go

Name
The LIFE Project
Address
BLOSSOMS CARE SERVICES
15-16 Eaves Court , Bonham Drive
Eurolink Industrial Estate
SITTINGBOURNE
KENT
Postcode
ME10 3RY
Notes
  • Personal care suite with overhead and manual hoist 
  • Sensory room
  • Dark Room
  • Fully operational kitchen 
  • 2 large Activity rooms
  • Lounge
  • Short distance from the town, swimming pool, shops, college & library
  • Mobility friendly Ramped access 

When is it on?

Date & Time Information
We are flexible to your needs - 24/7
Time of day
Afternoon
Evening
Morning
Session Information
We strive to work with you to ensure the support you require is at a time you require this.

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£47.25 - £51.14 Per day
Cost(s)
Cost details
We are able to provide additional 1:1 and 2:1 support as per your requirements.
Please contact us for further information.
Referral required?
Yes
Referral and availability notes

'’If you would like to find out more information or

would like to come and visit the service

please feel free to call me I am more than happy to help you

on your journey, I may be able to help sign post.

or give you some friendly advice’’-  :

Samantha Hatcher Swann- Registered Manager- 01795 422186/ 01795 422827

Notes

 

  • On call facility provides extra security and safety for those with health, psychological, emotional and behavioural needs- 24/7 support
  • Flexible service to meet your choices
Age Range
Ages 16-18, 18-25 (Transition)
Disablities:
Autism, Learning difficulty, Physical disability, Profound, severe or complex, Severe learning difficulty,

The Life Skills centre (Folkestone) Ltd

The Life Skills Centre runs Monday to Friday, closing on bank holidays and a short break over the Christmas period. We have a 15 seated minibus, which transports some of our service users to & from Life Skills & also is very handy for our…
Telephone:
01303 221855
E-mail:
francescalawton@btconnect.com
Website:
https://www.facebook.com/
Age Range:
Ages 16-18, 18-25 (Transition)
Disablities:
Learning difficulty

The Life Skills centre (Folkestone) Ltd

The Life Skills Centre runs Monday to Friday, closing on bank holidays and a short break over the Christmas period. We have a 15 seated minibus, which transports some of our service users to & from Life Skills & also is very handy for our off site activities.

The Centre itself has 5 classroom-based activities, these being Art & Crafts, Numeracy & Literacy, ASDAN (Towards Independence Programme), Computer Skills (also incorporating ASDAN modules) & a fully functioning workshop offering Woodwork Skills.

Twice weekly (Wednesday & Friday), we go to a gym, this is at PVLC, a disability inclusion gym with qualified gym Instructors who provide individuals with their own training program to work on. We also access Hythe swimming pool twice weekly, Monday is a session where we swim with other members of the public & Thursday we have the pool to ourselves, this is more of a fun based session where we use balls & floats and thoroughly enjoy ourselves!

As a Centre, we regularly have trips into Folkestone Town Centre, which is only a few minutes away.  During this off site activity, we focus on budgeting skills and the values of money and also building confidence to shop independently.

We also access local art galleries as part of the Art & Crafts group.

During the summer months and dry weather, we have some off site trips, for example to Brockhill Country Park or Kearsney Abbey. We also hold regular client meetings to ensure that our service users have their say and inform us of trips they’d like to do. These are all highly organised and booked in advance, with letters sent to parents & Carers.

We also have cinema trips & football tournaments!

 

 

 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Francesca Lawton
Contact Position
Managing Director
Telephone
01303 221855
E-mail
francescalawton@btconnect.com
Website
https://www.facebook.com/

Where to go

Name
The Life Skills Centre
Address
Channel House
Cobbs Mews
Folkestone
Kent
Postcode
CT20 2SS
Notes

Very central and has a small car park. Close to local shops, bus routes and train stations.

When is it on?

Date & Time Information
Monday-Friday 10am-4pm

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£40.50 Per day
Cost(s)
Referral required?
Yes
Referral and availability notes

Please contact the office for any enquiries. All appointments should ideally be booked in advance.

Notes

We are not a one-one service

Age Range
Ages 16-18, 18-25 (Transition)
Disablities:
Learning difficulty,

Mount Lodge Care Farm - Day Service for Adults with learning disabilities

Mount Lodge Care Farm Benenden Road, Biddenden, Kent TN27 8BY Tel: 01580 291803   Email: theworkshop.chicken@gmail.com   Web Site: kentcarefarming.co.uk   Mount Lodge Farm offers young people and adults with learning disabilities/additional needs the opportunity to engage in fully supervised farming and countryside related activities, covering Ashford, Maidstone, Folkestone, Tunbridge Wells and surrounding areas. The members…
Telephone:
01580 291803
07961826031
E-mail:
theworkshop.chicken@gmail.com
Website:
www.kentcarefarming.co.uk
Age Range:
Ages 16-18, 18-25 (Transition)
Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Communication and interaction

Mount Lodge Care Farm - Day Service for Adults with learning disabilities

Mount Lodge Care Farm Benenden Road, Biddenden, Kent TN27 8BY Tel: 01580 291803   Email: theworkshop.chicken@gmail.com   Web Site: kentcarefarming.co.uk  

Mount Lodge Farm offers young people and adults with learning disabilities/additional needs the opportunity to engage in fully supervised farming and countryside related activities, covering Ashford, Maidstone, Folkestone, Tunbridge Wells and surrounding areas.

The members that attend the farm work as a team and with staff to build confidence and self-esteem and promote health and wellbeing. Members will be introduced to new experiences, learn new skills as well as developing existing skills and interests working with our animals and growing plants and vegetables.

 

At Mount Lodge Farm we encourage our members to develop independence and life skills working on the farm, making and mending, woodwork and rural crafts.

 

We promote exercise and healthy eating, members will help grow fresh produce and learn how to prepare and cook healthy food.

  

Activities include

  •     Animal & Poultry care, Pony & Donkey grooming and exercise
  •     Woodwork/ Carpentry, Photography & rural crafts
  •     Vegetable & plant production  
  •     Food preparation and cooking from home grown produce
  •     Independent living, Skills & employability, Asdan Qualifications
  •     Team building, group fitness & orienteering

Who to contact

Contact Name
Helen Stow
Contact Position
Farm Manager
Telephone
01580 291803
07961826031
E-mail
theworkshop.chicken@gmail.com
Website
www.kentcarefarming.co.uk

Where to go

Name
Mount Lodge Farm
Address
Mount Lodge
Benenden Road
Biddenden
Ashford
Kent
Postcode
TN27 8BY
Notes

Between Ashford and Maidstone Just off the A28

When is it on?

Date & Time Information
Monday - Thursday: 10am - 3pm
Session Information
Full day: 10am-3pm

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£45.00 Per day
Cost(s)
Vacancies
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday.
Referral required?
No
Referral and availability notes

Please contact Helen if you would like to come and meet us all here at the farm and have a taster of the what the service has to offer.

Age Range
Suitable up to the age of 60
Age Range
Ages 16-18, 18-25 (Transition)
Disablities:
Communication and interaction, Learning difficulty,

Music and Media Courses - Sittingbourne (bemix - formerly Skillnet Group)

Our music and media groups support people to explore and develop skills in music (song writing, performance, learning an instrument, DJ skills, music production) and media (film making, digital photography, graphic design, using the internet, making radio shows). People with learning difficulties/disabilities and/or autism can choose to…
Telephone:
07966 017597
01227 374 285
E-mail:
steve.perry@bemix.org
Website:
https://www.bemix.org
Age Range:
Ages 16-18, 18-25 (Transition)
Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Language difficulty, Communication and interaction, Autism, Behaviour and learning

Music and Media Courses - Sittingbourne (bemix - formerly Skillnet Group)

Our music and media groups support people to explore and develop skills in music (song writing, performance, learning an instrument, DJ skills, music production) and media (film making, digital photography, graphic design, using the internet, making radio shows).

People with learning difficulties/disabilities and/or autism can choose to work towards gaining an accredited qualification with Gateway Qualifications.  

The 'Progression into Music Skills' and 'Progression into Media Arts' qualification can be taken at either Entry Level 3, Level 1 or Level 2 as an award (short course) or certificate (longer course).

People build their own courses from a selection of units depending on what they would like to learn. This can include:

  • Learning instruments such as guitar, bass, drums, vocals, keyboards 
  • Song writing
  • Composing music
  • DJ skills
  • Recording
  • Music technology
  • Playing in a band
  • Music theory
  • Film making
  • Digital Photography
  • Using the Internet
  • Radio Production
  • Creative Writing
  • Graphic Design 

There is also a selection of “core units” which cover key skills such as working in a team and developing employment related skills.

 

Music and Media Courses are run by bemix (formerly Skillnet Group).

This project runs within the Day Opportunities framework, Lot 2, Promoting Independence

 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Steve Perry
Contact Position
Director - Project Development
Telephone
07966 017597
01227 374 285
E-mail
steve.perry@bemix.org
Website
https://www.bemix.org

Where to go

Name
The Pulse
Address
29
Park Road
Sittingbourne
Kent
Postcode
ME10 1DR

When is it on?

Date & Time Information
Tuesday 10am to 4pm
Time of day
Afternoon
Morning
Session Information
Weekly group sessions

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£47.06 Per day
Cost(s)
Referral required?
No
Referral and availability notes

People can be referred by the Care Manager, other supporters or self refer.

Notes

Our courses are open to anyone who wants support to gain a qualification.  We work mostly with people with learning difficulties/disabilities and/or who have autistic spectrum conditions.

Age Range
Ages 16-18, 18-25 (Transition)
Disablities:
Autism, Behaviour and learning, Communication and interaction, Language difficulty, Learning difficulty,

Music and Media Group and Courses - Canterbury (bemix - formerly Skillnet Group)

Our music and media groups work alongside people to explore and develop skills in music (song writing, performance, learning an instrument, DJ skills, music production) and media (film making, digital photography, graphic design, using the internet, making radio shows). People with learning difficulties/disabilities and/or autism can choose…
Telephone:
07966 017597
01227 374 285
E-mail:
steve.perry@bemix.org
Website:
https://www.bemix.org
Age Range:
Ages 16-18, 18-25 (Transition)
Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Language difficulty, Communication and interaction, Autism, Behaviour and learning

Music and Media Group and Courses - Canterbury (bemix - formerly Skillnet Group)

Our music and media groups work alongside people to explore and develop skills in music (song writing, performance, learning an instrument, DJ skills, music production) and media (film making, digital photography, graphic design, using the internet, making radio shows).

People with learning difficulties/disabilities and/or autism can choose to work towards gaining an accredited qualification with Gateway Qualifications.  

The 'Progression into Music Skills' and 'Progression into Media Arts' qualification can be taken at either Entry Level 3, Level 1 or Level 2 as an award (short course) or certificate (longer course).

People build their own courses from a selection of units depending on what they would like to learn. This can include:

  • Learning instruments such as guitar, bass, drums, vocals, keyboards 
  • Song writing
  • Composing music
  • DJ skills
  • Recording
  • Music technology
  • Playing in a band
  • Music theory
  • Film making
  • Digital Photography
  • Using the Internet
  • Radio Production
  • Creative Writing
  • Graphic Design 

There is also a selection of “core units” which cover key skills such as working in a team and developing employment related skills.

 

Music and Media Courses are run by bemix - formerly Skillnet Group.

This project runs within the Day Opportunities framework, Lot 2, Promoting Independence

Who to contact

Contact Name
Steve Perry
Contact Position
Project Lead - Music and Arts
Telephone
07966 017597
01227 374 285
E-mail
steve.perry@bemix.org
Website
https://www.bemix.org

Where to go

Name
West Track Studios
Address
Unit 3, Roper Yard
Roper Road
Canterbury
Canterbury
Kent
Postcode
CT2 7EG

When is it on?

Date & Time Information
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10am - 4pm
Time of day
Afternoon
Morning
Session Information
Weekly group sessions

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£47.06 Per day
£23.53 Per half day
Cost(s)
Referral required?
No
Referral and availability notes

People can be referred by the Care Manager, other supporters or self refer.

Notes

Our courses are open to anyone who wants support to gain a qualification.  We work mostly with people with learning difficulties/disabilities and/or who have autistic spectrum conditions.

Age Range
Ages 16-18, 18-25 (Transition)
Disablities:
Autism, Behaviour and learning, Communication and interaction, Language difficulty, Learning difficulty,

Music and Media Group and Courses - Dover (bemix - formerly Skillnet Group)

Our music and media groups work alongside people to explore and develop skills in music (song writing, performance, learning an instrument, DJ skills, music production) and media (film making, digital photography, graphic design, using the internet, making radio shows). People with learning difficulties/disabilities and/or autism can choose…
Telephone:
07966 017597
01227 374 285
E-mail:
steve.perry@bemix.org
Website:
https://www.bemix.org
Age Range:
Ages 16-18, 18-25 (Transition)
Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Language difficulty, Communication and interaction, Autism, Behaviour and learning

Music and Media Group and Courses - Dover (bemix - formerly Skillnet Group)

Our music and media groups work alongside people to explore and develop skills in music (song writing, performance, learning an instrument, DJ skills, music production) and media (film making, digital photography, graphic design, using the internet, making radio shows).

People with learning difficulties/disabilities and/or autism can choose to work towards gaining an accredited qualification with Gateway Qualifications.  

The 'Progression into Music Skills' and 'Progression into Media Arts' qualification can be taken at either Entry Level 3, Level 1 or Level 2 as an award (short course) or certificate (longer course).

People build their own courses from a selection of units depending on what they would like to learn. This can include:

  • Learning instruments such as guitar, bass, drums, vocals, keyboards 
  • Song writing
  • Composing music
  • DJ skills
  • Recording
  • Music technology
  • Playing in a band
  • Music theory
  • Film making
  • Digital Photography
  • Using the Internet
  • Radio Production
  • Creative Writing
  • Graphic Design 

There is also a selection of “core units” which cover key skills such as working in a team and developing employment related skills.

 

Music and Media Courses are run by bemix - formerly Skillnet Group.

This project runs within the Day Opportunities framework, Lot 2, Promoting Independence

 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Steve Perry
Contact Position
Project Lead - Music and Arts
Telephone
07966 017597
01227 374 285
E-mail
steve.perry@bemix.org
Website
https://www.bemix.org

Where to go

Name
Biggin Hall
Address
Biggin Street
Dover
Kent
Postcode
CT16 1DW

When is it on?

Date & Time Information
Mondays and Wednesdays from 10am to 4pm
Time of day
Afternoon
Morning

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£47.06 Per day
£23.53 Per half day
Cost(s)
Referral required?
No
Referral and availability notes

People can be referred by the Care Manager, other supporters or self refer.

Notes

Our courses are open to anyone who wants support to gain a qualification.  We work mostly with people with learning difficulties/disabilities and/or who have autistic spectrum conditions.

Age Range
Ages 16-18, 18-25 (Transition)
Disablities:
Autism, Behaviour and learning, Communication and interaction, Language difficulty, Learning difficulty,

Music and Media Group and Courses - Thanet (bemix - formerly Skillnet Group)

Our music and media groups work alongside people to explore and develop skills in music (song writing, performance, learning an instrument, DJ skills, music production) and media (film making, digital photography, graphic design, using the internet, making radio shows). People with learning difficulties/disabilities and/or autism can choose…
Telephone:
07966 017597
01227 374 285
E-mail:
steve.perry@bemix.org
Website:
https://www.bemix.org
Age Range:
Ages 16-18, 18-25 (Transition)
Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Language difficulty, Communication and interaction, Autism, Behaviour and learning

Music and Media Group and Courses - Thanet (bemix - formerly Skillnet Group)

Our music and media groups work alongside people to explore and develop skills in music (song writing, performance, learning an instrument, DJ skills, music production) and media (film making, digital photography, graphic design, using the internet, making radio shows).

People with learning difficulties/disabilities and/or autism can choose to work towards gaining an accredited qualification with Gateway Qualifications.  

The 'Progression into Music Skills' and 'Progression into Media Arts' qualification can be taken at either Entry Level 3, Level 1 or Level 2 as an award (short course) or certificate (longer course).

People build their own courses from a selection of units depending on what they would like to learn. This can include:

  • Learning instruments such as guitar, bass, drums, vocals, keyboards 
  • Song writing
  • Composing music
  • DJ skills
  • Recording
  • Music technology
  • Playing in a band
  • Music theory
  • Film making
  • Digital Photography
  • Using the Internet
  • Radio Production
  • Creative Writing
  • Graphic Design 

There is also a selection of “core units” which cover key skills such as working in a team and developing employment related skills.

 

Music and Media Courses are run by bemix - formerly Skillnet Group.

This project runs within the Day Opportunities framework, Lot 2, Promoting Independence

 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Steve Perry
Contact Position
Director - Project Development
Telephone
07966 017597
01227 374 285
E-mail
steve.perry@bemix.org
Website
https://www.bemix.org

Where to go

Name
Ramsgate Youth Centre
Address
Concorde House
High Street
St Lawrence
Ramsgate
Kent
Postcode
CT11 0QG

When is it on?

Date & Time Information
Monday 10am to 4pm
Time of day
Afternoon
Morning

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£47.06 Per day
Cost(s)
Referral required?
No
Referral and availability notes

People can be referred by the Care Manager, other supporters or self-refer.

Notes

Our courses are open to anyone who wants support to gain a qualification.  We work mostly with people with learning difficulties/disabilities and/or who have autistic spectrum conditions.

Age Range
Ages 16-18, 18-25 (Transition)
Disablities:
Autism, Behaviour and learning, Communication and interaction, Language difficulty, Learning difficulty,

ourZone day centre

At ourZone in Rochester, you can enjoy meeting new people, getting involved with a wide range of activities and experiences and learn new skills, all with the support of a specialist team. Open to people who are over 18 and have physical or long term…
Telephone:
01634 335580
E-mail:
medch.ourzone@nhs.net
Website:
https://www.medwaycommunityhealthcare.nhs.uk/.../activity-centre-ourzone
Age Range:
18-25 (Transition)
Disablities:
Physical disability, Physical sensory/medical

ourZone day centre

At ourZone in Rochester, you can enjoy meeting new people, getting involved with a wide range of activities and experiences and learn new skills, all with the support of a specialist team.

Open to people who are over 18 and have physical or long term health conditions, at ourZone you will get the support you are looking for to help you achieve your goals and aspirations with the full assistance of our friendly experienced team.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Michelle Vincent
Contact Position
Team leader
Telephone
01634 335580
E-mail
medch.ourzone@nhs.net
Website
https://www.medwaycommunityhealthcare.nhs.uk/.../activity-centre-ourzone

Where to go

Name
ourZone
Address
Pattens Lane
Rochester
Kent
Postcode
ME1 2RB
Notes

Activities at ourZone are split into different zones, where you can take part in different activities, learn different skills and socialise with different people.

Click on the links below to find out more about each of the zones: -

We also have specially adapted vehicles which can provide you with transport from and to your home.

ourZone services, including transport, will incur a cost which may be met by the social element of your personal budget.

At ourZone, we also offer a wide range of additional sessions hosted by local companies on a charged basis, which you may wish to take part in, including: -

  • Hairdresser
  • Beautician
  • Aromatherapy
  • Podiatrist

 

ourZone also includes a café that is open to users, families and staff, operating on a separate payment basis.

Other Details

Age Range
18-25 (Transition)
Disablities:
Physical disability, Physical sensory/medical,

Performing Arts and Drama - Canterbury (bemix - formerly Skillnet Group)

This is a group run by bemix (formerly Skillnet Group).  It is a supported drama group for people with learning difficulties/disabilties and/or autism to work together to create drama and performance. We meet in an accessible venue in the centre of Canterbury. We do improvisation, drama…
Telephone:
01227 374 285
E-mail:
louise.munro@bemix.org
Website:
https://www.bemix.org
Age Range:
Ages 16-18, 18-25 (Transition)
Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Physical disability, Language difficulty, Communication and interaction, Autism, Behaviour and learning

Performing Arts and Drama - Canterbury (bemix - formerly Skillnet Group)

This is a group run by bemix (formerly Skillnet Group).  It is a supported drama group for people with learning difficulties/disabilties and/or autism to work together to create drama and performance. We meet in an accessible venue in the centre of Canterbury.

We do improvisation, drama games, and improve our acting skills. We also write scripts and put on performances about our rights.

This project runs within the Day Opportunities framework, Lot 2, Promoting Independence

Who to contact

Contact Name
Louise Munro
Contact Position
Project Lead - Performing Arts
Telephone
01227 374 285
E-mail
louise.munro@bemix.org
Website
https://www.bemix.org

Where to go

Name
West Track Studios
Address
Unit 3 Roper Yard
Roper Road
Canterbury
Kent
Postcode
CT2 7EG

When is it on?

Date & Time Information
Mondays, 10am to 4pm

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£47.06 Per day
Cost(s)
Referral required?
No
Referral and availability notes

We accept referrals from Care Managers, Supporters and self referrals

Age Range
Ages 16-18, 18-25 (Transition)
Disablities:
Autism, Behaviour and learning, Communication and interaction, Language difficulty, Learning difficulty, Physical disability,

Risky Business Drama Group (bemix - formerly Skillnet Group)

'Risky business' is a supported drama group run by bemix (formerly Skillnet Group).  People with learning difficulties/disabilties to work together to create drama and performance. We meet in an accessible venue in the centre of Sittingbourne. We do improvisation, drama games and improve our acting…
Telephone:
01227 374 285
07496360376
E-mail:
louise.munro@bemix.org
Website:
https://www.bemix.org
Age Range:
Ages 16-18, 18-25 (Transition)
Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Physical disability, Language difficulty, Communication and interaction, Autism, Behaviour and learning

Risky Business Drama Group (bemix - formerly Skillnet Group)

'Risky business' is a supported drama group run by bemix (formerly Skillnet Group).  People with learning difficulties/disabilties to work together to create drama and performance. We meet in an accessible venue in the centre of Sittingbourne.

We do improvisation, drama games and improve our acting skills.  We also write scripts and put on performances about our rights.

This project runs within the Day Opportunities framework, Lot 2, Promoting Independence

Who to contact

Contact Name
Louise Munro
Contact Position
Project Lead - Performing Arts
Telephone
01227 374 285
07496360376
E-mail
louise.munro@bemix.org
Website
https://www.bemix.org

Where to go

Name
The Pulse
Address
29
Park Road
Sittingbourne
Kent
Postcode
ME10 1DR

When is it on?

Date & Time Information
Open Friday 10am - 1pm
Time of day
Morning

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£23.53 Per half day
Cost(s)
Referral required?
No
Referral and availability notes

We accept referrals from Care Managers, Supporters and self referrals

Age Range
Ages 16-18, 18-25 (Transition)
Disablities:
Autism, Behaviour and learning, Communication and interaction, Language difficulty, Learning difficulty, Physical disability,

Strode Park Foundation - Community Day Opportunities

Providing day care and a wide range of social and creative activities.
Telephone:
01227 373292
E-mail:
clare.thomas@strodepark.org.uk
Website:
https://www.strodepark.org.uk/
Age Range:
Ages 16-18, 18-25 (Transition)
Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Physical disability, Severe learning difficulty, Communication and interaction, Physical sensory/medical, Profound, severe or complex

Strode Park Foundation - Community Day Opportunities

Providing day care and a wide range of social and creative activities.

Who to contact

Telephone
01227 373292
E-mail
clare.thomas@strodepark.org.uk
Website
https://www.strodepark.org.uk/

Where to go

Name
Strode Park Community Day Service
Address
Strode Park
Herne
Herne Bay
Kent
Postcode
CT6 7NE
Notes

Please see website

When is it on?

Time of day
Afternoon
Morning
Session Information
0930-1530 each week day
with some additional late sessions. Please enquire.

Other Details

Cost details
Direct payments
debit and credit cards accepted. Fee rates depend on the service level required and are available on request. Access to in house therapies and hydro can be arranged and included; individually priced.
Referral required?
No
Referral and availability notes

Hospitals, Care Managers, GPs, Practice Nurses, Family or Self-referral are all accepted routes of referral.

Notes

The service is suitable for all adults and able to accommodate an extremely wide and complex range of needs associated with disability, complex disabilities, long term conditions, degenerative conditions, rehabilitation and convalescence.

A spirit of community and self help underpins the service's more formal skills and abilities and is both uplifting and empowering.

Age Range
Ages 16-18, 18-25 (Transition)
Disablities:
Communication and interaction, Learning difficulty, Physical disability, Physical sensory/medical, Profound, severe or complex, Severe learning difficulty,

Symbol Hop Yard Dickley Day Service

Symbol have established what we have called The Hop Yard services. These offer something new, diverse, exciting, innovative and fun in the form of a wide range of activities for children and adults of all ages.  The Hop Yard is a great place to learn a…
Telephone:
01622 859216
E-mail:
hopyard@symbolfss.org
Website:
https://symbolconnect.co.uk
Age Range:
Ages 16-18, 18-25 (Transition)
Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Physical disability, Severe learning difficulty, Communication and interaction, Physical sensory/medical, Profound, severe or complex

Symbol Hop Yard Dickley Day Service

Symbol have established what we have called The Hop Yard services. These offer something new, diverse, exciting, innovative and fun in the form of a wide range of activities for children and adults of all ages.  The Hop Yard is a great place to learn a new skill, and meet new friends.

Site Based activities

Music Hall which is all about all things music based.  Participants can learn or just mess about with instruments, make music on the computer, record their own music, learn to use their voice, production and acting skills.

Art studio which offers a vast array of creative art activities such as pencil, pen, paintwool crafts, felt, silk, paper mache sculpture and model making plus many more.

We are also able to offer our equine centre at the Dray in Hollingbourne. Participants have hands on experience in horsemanship, all stable and yard duties and of course ride in our safe arena.

 

 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Sue Christian
Contact Position
Administrator
Telephone
01622 859216
E-mail
hopyard@symbolfss.org
Website
https://symbolconnect.co.uk

Where to go

Name
Dickley Court
Address
Dickley Court
Dickley Lane
Lenham
Maidstone
Kent
Postcode
ME17 2DD

When is it on?

Date & Time Information
The Day Service is open from Monday - Friday at Dickley Court from 10am-3pm.
Time of day
Afternoon
Morning

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
Day Service - Standard - £8.10 (Day £40.50) Per hour
Day Service - 1:1 - £14.38 Per hour
Day Service Additional Hours 1:1 rate - £14.38 Per hour
Day Service - Additional Hours 1:2 rate - £7.19 Per hour
Short Breaks - Per Night (4am-10pm) £120.00 Per overnight stay
Short Breaks - Day service Standard (5 hours) - £36.00 Per day
Short Breaks - 1:1 - £14.38 Per hour
Short Breaks - Enhanced 1:1 - £16.24 Per hour
Short Breaks - Waking Night - £18.85 Per hour
Cost(s)
Referral required?
No
Referral and availability notes

For more information on referral's and availability please contact Symbol Head office 

Age Range
Ages 16-18, 18-25 (Transition)
Disablities:
Communication and interaction, Learning difficulty, Physical disability, Physical sensory/medical, Profound, severe or complex, Severe learning difficulty,

Thanet Community Forest School

We are a local Community Incorporated Organisation with charitable status and provide day care services for adults with moderate learning disabilities, SEMH and ASD, we are based between an allotment on Dane Valley Allotments and Dane Valley Woods, Margate, Kent. We provide natural arts and crafts,…
Telephone:
07515129401
07788239304
07805546624
E-mail:
thanetcommunityforestschool@gmail.com
Age Range:
11-18, 19-25, 6-10
Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Communication and interaction

Thanet Community Forest School

We are a local Community Incorporated Organisation with charitable status and provide day care services for adults with moderate learning disabilities, SEMH and ASD, we are based between an allotment on Dane Valley Allotments and Dane Valley Woods, Margate, Kent. We provide natural arts and crafts, cooking, budgeting and independence skills, horticulture experience including copicing, silvestre and woodland experience. We also provide work experience for young people, forest school experiences for children and young people. We work closely with local schools, post 16 providers of education and local children's nurseries. We are in the process of planting 280 trees and natural shrubs. All our staff are qualified to a minimum of level 3 either in care or education and our manager was a tutor at Hadlow College, teaching horticulture. All staff have current DBS checks and all have experience of working with children, families, young people and adults with learning difficulties and social, emotional, metal health and challenging behaviour, however we are unable to meet the needs of participants who need to be restrained. We have links to creative artists and also local businesses who provide pottery experiences, art projects which we can engage in. Forest school ethos is very much person centred and allows the person regardless of age problems solve and experience success through their own merit. However all our participants need to be fully mobile and continent. Unfortunately we cannot take profound, multiple learning difficulties or severe learning difficulties as we do not have wheelchair access, we do not restrain so cannot provide support for participants who need to be restrained or who have medical needs require nursing, 1:1 or medical support.

There is a compost toilet which is up 4 steps. opposite our base and all our horticulture is organic and eco friendly. We also run open days, family fun days and community tree planting days.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Luke Evans/ Sally Parrett/Frances Clements
Contact Position
Chair/Admin & Support/Senior Support Worker
Telephone
07515129401
07788239304
07805546624
E-mail
thanetcommunityforestschool@gmail.com

Where to go

Name
Dane Valley Allotments
Address
Dane Valley Road
Margate
Kent
Postcode
CT9 3RX
Notes

The Allotments are kept locked and have high fencing surrounding the area. Their are 2 compost toilets.

The forest schools base is in a container with a large shelter adjacent to it.

Working on site participants will need steel toe capped boots/wellingtons, waterproofs, warm clothing, jeans or combat trousers and hat and gloves as we do not have electricity and work in all weathers.

The venue does not have an mainline electricity or gas.

The allotment is at the top end of Dane Valley Allotments near Drapers Mill School, Margate, Kent.

We provide hot and cold refreshments, hot food once a week which will be prepared by the participants.

When is it on?

Date & Time Information
Open Moday to Friday ( except public and bank holidays) 9.30 am to 3.30 pm (dependent on daylight in winter)
Time of day
Afternoon
Morning
Session Information
Some Saturdays for projects/open days/family fun days/community planting days
Sessions can be arranged as a one off or part of a 6 week bespoke experience, this will be subject to trustees and staff agreement.

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£43.00 Per day
£15.00 Per hour
Cost(s)
Cost details
The daily rate is for adults with learning difficulties. The half day rate is for young people and children
Referral required?
No
Referral and availability notes

We can cater for young children, young people and adults with moderate learning difficulties and ASD. Participants need to be continent, mobile, able to communicate and want to work outdoors, enjoyment of horticulture/hands on work/woodwork. We will also support with budgeting, cooking and social skills, working in the local community on arts projects. We can take 5 adult participants a day and 1 young person/child but this can increase, you will need to contact us to discuss.

Forest school staff will need to assess participants suitability for the project due to the compost toilets being up 4 steps, the uneven ground of the forest school and we cannot meet the needs of participants who need to be restrained or who have medical needs that require qualified medical/nursing.

Notes

We cater for adults, children and young people with moderate learning difficulties, SEMH and ASD, however we cannot meet the needs of participants who need to be restrained or who have medical needs that require qualified medical/nursing.

Age Range
6-1011-18, 19-25,
Disablities:
Communication and interaction, Learning difficulty,

Touchbase Care - Formerly ARRCC Folkestone

Touchbase Care is a community group where people with physical disabilities, learning difficulties, neurodiversity and sensory impairment are supported in: Arts, education, access to work, recreation, health and wellbeing. Our goals are: To bring people who may suffer from isolation, together, in a supportive setting.…
Telephone:
01303 211248
07375541785
E-mail:
hollysmith@touchbasecare.org
Website:
www.touchbasecare.org
Age Range:
Ages 16-18, 18-25 (Transition)
Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Physical disability, Hearing impaired, Language difficulty, Behavioural, emotional and social development, Severe learning difficulty, Visually impaired, Communication and interaction, Autism, Physical sensory/medical, Profound, severe or complex, Behaviour and learning

Touchbase Care - Formerly ARRCC Folkestone

Touchbase Care is a community group where people with physical disabilities, learning difficulties, neurodiversity and sensory impairment are supported in:

Arts, education, access to work, recreation, health and wellbeing.

Our goals are:

To bring people who may suffer from isolation, together, in a supportive setting.

To encourage and support members with achieving personal goals. (Educational, holistic, short term and long term)

To use Arts and creativity in a therapeutic setting 

To support clients in accessing events and places of interest in the wider community.

To bring other community groups together with the aim to break down social barriers and work collectively for the benefit of the wider community.

To increase opportunities for employment, work experience or voluntary opportunities

To raise disability awareness and promote disabled people’s rights.

 

Our Folkestone centre is on Tontine Street, in the heart of the Creative Quarter. We have a kitchen that has full disabled access so that all are able to enjoy learning to cook or baking for pleasure. There is a freshly cooked lunch available every day, as well as tea and coffee making facilities.

Our Art and Craft Studio is supported by local artists who help us to provide a wide variety of artistic activities. So whether you like to paint for relaxation, have a go at printmaking, learn a new skill such as pottery, silversmithing or dressmaking, we will endeavor to facilitate your interest.

We have the facilities to teach IT skills, Photography, Film and Animation. Please click here to see some of our film and animation projects! Every month we aim to have a trip or event e.g Lunch at a local restaurant, curry night, art galleries, picnics, quiz nights, theatre, live gigs, Kew Gardens.

 We work in a person-centered way adapting to the interests of our members. Whilst accessing the service members have the opportunity to work towards ASDAN Short Courses, which are flexible, portfolio-based programs, designed to accredit up to 60 hours of activity and skills development across a range of topics and curriculum areas. There are more than 30 to choose from, including Expressive Arts, Food Wise, PSHE, Volunteering and Mathematics, to name a few.

From January 2018 we will also offer level 1 and 2 qualifications during day care with us. This will be optional and the activities are:

  • flexible and can meet the needs of different learners
  • supported personalised learning
  • can be used in a range of contexts 
  • encourage a ‘pick and mix’ approach, allowing learning opportunities to be chosen for varying time frames
  • are generic and can be adapted to suit any vocational interest 

The three main accredited programs on offer will be;

 

COPE - The Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE)  a flagship qualification and offers an imaginative way of accrediting young people with a wide range of enrichment and extra-curricular activities, allowing us to certificate a wide range of personal qualities, skills and achievements.

 

AOPE -  The Award of Personal Effectiveness, is a shorter version of CoPE, carrying performance table points comparable to half a GCSE and 30 UCAS points at Level 3. AoPE is approved by Ofqual and sits within the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

Employability Skills Development  Course - The Employability Skills Development course takes an activity-based approach to raising learners’ awareness about employer expectations and the working environment, support learners in preparation for vocational training for achieving an employability qualification, or for getting a job.

 

 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Holly Smith
Contact Position
Receptionist / Administrator
Telephone
01303 211248
07375541785
E-mail
hollysmith@touchbasecare.org
Website
www.touchbasecare.org

Where to go

Name
Touchbase Care
Address
17 - 19
Tontine Street
Folkestone
Kent
Postcode
CT20 1JT
Notes

Our centre is has full wheelchair access and our disabled toilet includes a mobile hoist, shower and height adjustable changing table. 

When is it on?

Date & Time Information
Open Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm
Time of day
Afternoon
Evening
Morning
Session Information
Morning session runs from 10am - 12:30, Afternoon session 12:30 - 3pm
Lunch is at 12:30

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£40 Per day
£21 Per session am
£21 Per session pm
£4 Per lunch
Cost(s)
Referral required?
No
Referral and availability notes

If you are interested in attending Touchbase please contact Holly Smith on 01303211248 or email holly.smith@touchbasecare.org

Notes

We are able to support young people aged 16+, people with a learning disability, physical disbility and or sensory impairment. 

Age Range
Ages 16-18, 18-25 (Transition)
Disablities:
Autism, Behaviour and learning, Behavioural, emotional and social development, Communication and interaction, Hearing impaired, Language difficulty, Learning difficulty, Physical disability, Physical sensory/medical, Profound, severe or complex, Severe learning difficulty, Visually impaired,

Wood n Ware Cic Ashford - Day service for adults living with learning disabilities

We are an excellent not for profit day service providing woodwork and recycling opportunities to adults living with disabilities. We are set in the heart of the local business community of Ashford in Kent. We have a very large workshop allowing for great equipment and…
Telephone:
01233 626348
E-mail:
info@woodnware.com
Website:
www.woodnware.com/
Age Range:
18-25 (Transition)
Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Physical disability, Language difficulty, Communication and interaction, Behaviour and learning

Wood n Ware Cic Ashford - Day service for adults living with learning disabilities

We are an excellent not for profit day service providing woodwork and recycling opportunities to adults living with disabilities. We are set in the heart of the local business community of Ashford in Kent. We have a very large workshop allowing for great equipment and plenty of space for creative freedom.

We create in partnership with adults living with disabilities, this includes wildlife homes, garden furniture, bespoke commissions, recycling and repurposing of furniture. We work together as part of a team but also support with individual project work for your own innovative designs.

We are a friendly and welcoming team that like to meet new people and invite the general public in to see what we do. We feel passionately about our local environment and community and donate our products to local services and schools to raise awareness of protecting the local wildlife. Everything we make together is from recycled or reclaimed materials and all profits are put back into the service to continue to improve on what we provide for you.

We tailor our service to meet your needs so you can achieve your desired outcomes. If you are interested in finding out more about us you can contact us for availability of a taster session. This is a half day session that gives you the opportunity to experience one of our activities and is free. We also welcome planned visits for you to just have a look around, either way we look forward to meeting you!

Who to contact

Contact Name
Louisa Fry
Telephone
01233 626348
E-mail
info@woodnware.com
Website
www.woodnware.com/

Where to go

Name
Wood-n-Ware, Unit 4 Heron Business Centre
Address
Henwood Industrial Estate
Ashford
Kent
Postcode
TN24 8DH

When is it on?

Date & Time Information
Open Monday to Friday 9am - 3:30pm
Time of day
Afternoon
Evening
Morning
Session Information
AM sessions run 9am - 12pm subject to availability
PM sessions run from 12:30 - 3:30pm subject to availability

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
Direct payment rate £39.50 Per day
Direct payment rate £19.75 Per half day
Contract rates are available through your care manager Per day
Cost(s)
Cost details
We have provided the costings of our day rate for Direct payment. If you wish to access via a contract with your care manager they will help you select the best contract to meet your needs.
Referral and availability notes

We welcome anyone that would like to self refer themselves to our service. If you are interested in joining us then please contact us and we will be happy to support you through this process. 

We also accept refferals via the learning/physical disability adult and young person teams in Kent. Your care manager can support you with process.

We can offer a placement to anyone aged 18 and above.

Notes

We provide opportunities to adults living with disabilities in Kent. However we are not able to provide transport.

Age Range
18-25 (Transition)
Disablities:
Behaviour and learning, Communication and interaction, Language difficulty, Learning difficulty, Physical disability,

Woodlands Children's Centre

 Woodlands Children’s Centre is now open in Tonbridge & Malling District.   For our services, support and advice please call 03000 418008 or email tmcc@kent.gov.uk Please keep an eye on our FaceBook page Tonbridge and Malling Children's Centres for updates on our services. 
Telephone:
03000 41 80 08
E-mail:
tmcc@kent.gov.uk
Website:
Tonbridge and Malling Children's Centre Facebook
Age Range:
Ages 11-16, Ages 16-18, Ages 0-4, Ages 5-10, 18-25 (Transition)
Disablities:
Learning difficulty, Physical disability, Language difficulty, Behavioural, emotional and social development, Communication and interaction, Autism, Physical sensory/medical, Behaviour and learning

Woodlands Children's Centre

 Woodlands Children’s Centre is now open in Tonbridge & Malling District.  

For our services, support and advice please call 03000 418008 or email tmcc@kent.gov.uk

Please keep an eye on our FaceBook page Tonbridge and Malling Children's Centres for updates on our services. 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Tonbridge and Malling Children's Centre
Telephone
03000 41 80 08
E-mail
tmcc@kent.gov.uk
Website
Tonbridge and Malling Children's Centre Facebook
Notes

 

Please note:

Phone lines are open from 9:00 - 16:00 Mondays to Fridays.

 

Where to go

Name
Woodlands Children's Centre
Address
Woodlands Childrens Centre
Chapman Way
East Malling
West Malling
Kent
Postcode
ME19 6SD
Notes

Public transport options

The nearest bus stop is in front of the centre.

Parking availability

An allocated disabled parking space is available.  Free parking on road.

When is it on?

Date & Time Information
Monday - Friday
Session Information
Monday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Tuesday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Wednesday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thursday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Friday: 8:30am - 4pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Other Details

Cost details
All our activities are FREE.
Total vacancies
0
Notes

For sessions requiring booking.  Priority will be given to Tonbridge and Malling residents, others will be placed on a waiting list and contacted nearer the date to confirm.

Related Links
Free Childcare
Volunteer in Children's Centres and Youth Hubs.
Link to Tonbridge and Malling Registration Forms.
Age Range
Ages 0-4, Ages 5-10, Ages 11-16, Ages 16-18, 18-25 (Transition)
Disablities:
Autism, Behaviour and learning, Behavioural, emotional and social development, Communication and interaction, Language difficulty, Learning difficulty, Physical disability, Physical sensory/medical,

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