OVT is dedicated to forging links with the local community giving mutual benefit. Our team help develop essential skills in communication, independence and life. Within this context, we have created a number of Social Enterprise opportunities, the focus of which is real work experience, designed to encourage and develop essential real life and work-related skills.
We provide quality day services, tailored to meet the individual interests, choices and abilities of our clients. A range of varied activities and workshops are offered on-site at East Court, in a caring and supportive environment. Our clients are encouraged and nurtured to reach their full potential, supported by our committed and enthusiastic team of qualified carers.
Since 1986 Orchard Vale Trust has opened four homes in Somerset, oﬀering tailored en-suite accommodation to adults with a wide range of learning disabilities. Our aim is to provide ‘person centred’ care to meet the needs of each individual in our care. This ethos is underpinned by our four core values of respect, dignity, autonomy and choice.
There are many ways you can get involved; you could become a volunteer or supporter or simply make a donation or donate whilst shopping online using the Amazon link on our website, run the London Marathon, join our Golf Day, make a Legacy or a Gift in Kind to mention but a few!
At Orchard Vale Trust we offer FREE taster sessions of a number of Day Service activities. If you would like more information please follow the link and use the contact form, one of our team will contact you with full information
Orchard Vale Trust provides a warm, fulfilled community where people feel valued, supported individuals are encouraged to reach their full potential in an environment that promotes diversity, opportunity and choice. Please enjoy some of the many photos we have.
We have a brand new monthly newsletter called The Orchard News!
Keep up to date with all of our amazing activities, see what our incredible residents and Day Service users are up to, and how we partner with some of the most wonderful businesses in Somerset.
This months edition is the first of many and captures an insight to what this summer held for us.
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Happy National Inclusion Week! #EverydayInclusion #MotivationMonday
For Inclusion week we will be posting an article a day on how we aim to make the world more inclusive for adults with learning disabilities.
From employment to socialising, adults with learning disabilities face exclusion and isolation. We challenge these barriers and want to make a meaningful contribution to Inclusion Week.
The first half of 2018 has just flown by and as the temperatures soar and the sun shines the ‘Beast from the East’ seems like a very distant memory!
As an organisation, Orchard Vale Trust has grown and we are delighted to welcome Lisa Pearce as our new Community Outreach Worker. Lisa’s focus is to develop our work in our local communities and the adults with learning disabilities who live in them. The launch of our community gardening services encapsulates all that we are hoping to achieve – two days a week the trust provides a gardening service to members of the community who need our help. The service is led by our very own gardener Mike and some of the adults who have gained their knowledge of gardening working alongside Mike for a number of years. The service is free and fantastic example of adults with learning disabilities supporting the communities in which they live. The initiative has been generously supported by Wedmore Community Power Co-operative and Melhuish and Saunders which has ensured that it has got off to a fantastic start.
However, it is not just the new that makes Orchard Vale Trust the vibrant organisation that it is – some of the more established traditions are also a source of joy. On Friday 15th June, 18 teams from across Somerset had a fantastic day at Kingsdown Golf Club in the annual fundraising event in memory of Toby Charnaud. This was quickly followed by a Barn Dance on 16th June where Orchard Vale Trust received a generous donation from the Allerton Players in addition to a wonderful time being had by all!!
As a Trust we are always looking to extend the partners that we work with and the charity Life With Art has kindly donated a new building in order to allow us to extend the Arts and Crafts Workshops that we offer. In addition to this we are delighted to have been offered a new community art space in Wells. Our local Somerset libraries have also opened their doors to us and over the month we will be launching both IT training and a Book Club for adults with learning disabilities. We are also delighted to launch out monthly cinema club which starts on 1st August at The Roxy in Axbridge.
We are about to launch the Mencap Award which will allows individuals to develop their skills in a range of areas from socialising to volunteering. We are hoping to engage as many people as possible either in gaining the award or providing opportunities in which to take the award. The award signifies our focus on offering a range of accredited courses in order to demonstrate the skills and knowledge that individuals gain.
With the summer holidays in full swing we can only hope that the sun continues to shine and I will end with my congratulations to 2 of our residential homes, St Chads in Midsomer Norton and Ferndale in Shepton Mallet for gaining judgements of ‘Good’ in their most recent CQC inspections and a massive thank you to everyone at the Wookey Hub for a fantastic week of celebrations for Learning Disability Week.
Liz Page, CEO
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