Learning Difficulties & Disabilities
Sharpham has proudly hosted the Robert Owen Communities at Lower Sharpham Barton Farm for over 10 years. Their work centres on support for adults with learning disabilities and difficulties. At Lower Sharpham Barton, animal care, horticulture, wood and metal work as well as a conservation ‘green’ team and machinery maintenance give working farm-based experiences to adults with a range of learning disabilities.
There is increasing evidence to support the health benefits for people of being outside. The Sharpham Outdoors Project is proud to be able to encourage these endeavours with a range of different engagement activities.
This has started with joining forces with a volunteer team tackling wider estate projects including preparation for public events and working on an RSPB nature reserve at Labrador bay. Visit us at Lower Sharpham Barton to see how these kinds of activities come together and join us on one of our volunteer days. Visit Robert Owen Communities to see what else is on offer locally for adults with learning disabilities.
Furthermore Sharpham Outdoors Project has supported Kennicott and Bidwell Brook special needs school with nature-based activities over recent years and will look to extend this kind of engagement over the coming months and years at the base at Lower Sharpham Barton.
A place to get active
In the words of our visitors
- Thank you Anna (and John) for a memorable couple of days. Lots of really genuine and deep enthusiasm from the young people that shared the experience. The beauty of the place and your warmth and clarity really has had an effect this year. It would be great to return next year and build on that with some of the same students (currently nearly all keen to sign up now!) It was a real privilege to be part of and witness such a real epiphany for some of them, concentrating on creating space to grow and wonder was definitely the best approach Thank you so much.
- Bruce (and Louise) and 17 grubby, tired, transformed teenagers (A school group of 13-15 year-olds taking part in Forest School type activities and camping out overnight in shelters on the estate)
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