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.
CEO Blog: Merry Christmas!
The excitement around Christmas is palpable and everywhere I look Christmas celebrations are underway! The variety and number of Christmas jumpers that can be seen on a daily basis is awe inspiring in its self and reflects the cheerful atmosphere.
In every one of our homes Christmas celebrations are being organised and Ferndale has already hosted its Christmas dinner which was well received, whilst residents and individuals from Day Services held a carol service in Wookey. On Friday 14th Northcroft will be enjoying Christmas fayre in abundance and then on December 15th friends, families, residents and staff will come together for a whole trust celebration.
As well as joining together in celebration, there has been a lot going on at Orchard Vale Trust this month. The group who work in the garden have been busy making wooden reindeer of all sizes, whilst craft groups have been busy making a range of decorations. At the Orchard Café at Wynford House in Yeovil the services of Tony and his team have been in high demand with Christmas parties and the annual Somerset CCG Santa Run. We must say a massive thank you to everyone who took part in the Santa Run, Christopher Absolon our Chair of Trustees started the festive runners off, and the proceeds of the race have been kindly donated to Orchard Vale Trust.
The beautiful work that our craft groups produce is now on sale in the Emporium at Crispin Hall in Street, the items have proved very popular and we have had some lovely feedback from customers about the items they have bought.
So as the year draws to a close, we need to both look back and forward. In that spirit we will be saying a fond farewell to Lesley Kent, the manager of East Court, and thanking her for everything that she has done over the years to make East Court the wonderful place that it is. We also welcome Julie Lilly as the new manager of East Court and wish her well in her new role from January.
From everyone at Orchard Vale Trust, we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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