Latest Update

We have received new information from the Government regarding visits during the second national lockdown.

It was announced that care homes across the country would receive official guidance on new rules and regulations put in place for the second lockdown. However, the only official government information, so far,  has come in the form of a Press Release.

Titled, ‘New guidance to support safe care home visits during lockdown,’ this Press Release indicates that very little will change regarding how we operate and carry out visits.


All care home residents in England should be allowed to receive visits from their family and friends in a COVID-secure way – with social distancing and PPE – following new guidance to be used while national restrictions are in place from Thursday 5 November

– Department of Health and Social Care (


Going forward, our current measures appear to be in line with government standards and we see no reason to make any changes at this time. However, this is subject to change as we await the full guidance from the Government.

Until then, we look forward to welcoming you back soon. If you would like to read the full Press Release please go to:

Update: Visits Off and On Site

Dear Family and Friends,

We hope that you are all well. The residents continue to be well and they are getting the chance to enjoy the sunny weather as well as our HIVE sessions.

As you will be aware from the media coverage, the Government have now provided guidance for visits to residential care homes in England.  When the more general lockdown restrictions were relaxed in June, care homes were able to manage visits at a local level but residential care homes have now been advised to follow the Government guidance.

As a result of the guidance we have made some changes to the way in which our visits will now happen.

Visitors Code

We are pleased to welcome visitors but during the current global pandemic we are taking additional infection control measures to keep our staff, residents and visitors as safe as possible.
Please would you follow the guidance below and ask the relevant home or service manager if you have any queries.

Visitor’s Health Questionnaires

Please complete the Health Questionnaires when visiting Orchard Vale Trust homes.



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.


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Thank you so much for all the work you do – we couldn’t do it without you!


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Orchard Vale Trust.
East Court, Doctors Hill, Wookey, Wells, Somerset. BA5 1AR.

Tel: 01749 671706


Registered Charity No. 326940

Company No. 1946592