Finding the right support for an adult with learning disabilities can be tricky. 

We know that everyone is different. That’s why it is so important for us to get to know the people we support. 

Personalisation is at the core of everything we do. 

Our residential services are tailored to the people who live here, our day and community services are custom made for everyone who participates them, and all our activities take individuals’ tastes into consideration. 

Both Lisa and Jackie are dedicated to finding the right support for the right person. That means that if OVT doesn’t quite match your needs, we will either design new projects or will link you to our community connectors who will be able to help in the best way. 

To learn more about our Day Services please contact Jackie McNaughton on  

To learn more about our Community Services, or if you need to get in touch with local connectors please contact   


We are happy and able to provide advice and support to adults with learning disabilities, their families and support networks on a range of subjects or things you might be worried about.

If we can’t help then we will make sure that we put you in touch with someone who can.

We run regular drop-in sessions at libraries across the Mendip Area with our Community Outreach Officer Lisa Pearce. She is warm and welcoming and will help you with whatever your needs may be.

To find out when and where we run our drop in sessions you can check our events page and our Facebook page which will update with news every week!


Leaving college or school or moving into your own accommodation after receiving lifelong support can be an exciting time, but we know that is can also be challenging.

We know how difficult it can be and want to help by making the transition as smooth as possible. To do this we support adults with learning disabilities on the road to independence. There are a number of activities, projects and opportunities we run at Orchard Vale Trust to help you on the way.

Learning new skills, gaining qualifications that are right for you and being surrounded by positive support can have a huge impact on you confidence and independence.

You could complete a Level 1 Qualification with accredited colleges in horticulture or catering, learn skills in IT, or even gain social skills by interacting with new friends.

To find out more about what we do and how it can work for you please go to ‘what we do’.


Gaining new skills is a great way to open up new opportunities and increase confidence.

We understand that skills can mean a wide range of things, from learning to play football or musical instruments, to learning how to engage with the community or how to make friends.

We support adults with learning disabilities to live life to the full, this means in as many ways possible. So if there is a skill you want to learn or if there is an activity you want to take part in get in touch and we will do our best to make it happen!

To see what we currently offer please go to ‘What we do’ or to get in touch to find out more contact us .


Employment offers the opportunity for enhanced independence. We have a number of ways in which we can support individuals to either gain paid employment or develop skills and gain experience in preparation for employment.

We currently offer work experience as well as Level 1 Qualifications in gardening, horticulture and catering. We also support individuals to access work experience outside of Orchard Vale Trust in as many ways as possible.

To find out more please get in touch Contact Us


We support a range of community projects and are always looking for more!

Being part of the community is so important, especially in Somerset where social isolation can be a huge barrier to people with learning disabilities. By working in partnership and building relationships with the community we  offer a range of activities that encourage  cohesion as well as giving adults with learning disabilities a chance to engage with and support other members of the community.

Our Community Gardening Service is one of our favourite projects. It is lead by adults with learning disabilities who help others in the community with their garden work, whilst learning new skills themselves. to find out more check out our Community Services.

If you have an idea or opportunity or are aware of an individual or group that may benefit from our support then please get in touch at Contact Us

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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