Fairfield Farm Trust comprises a specialist college known as Fairfield Farm College for students with learning disabilities and an animal park and café known as Hope Nature Centre. The College is situated in the village of Dilton Marsh in Wiltshire. The 26-acre farm site includes well-resourced teaching areas, a student common room, conference room, café and a farm shop.
Who do we accept?
Hope Nature Centre currently provides placements for approximately 30 individual adults with learning disabilities who engage in facilitated training specially designed to provide safe and stimulating day opportunities and employment support placements. These young adults (over 18 years old) are usually in placements for one year initially but these are often extended – from the original Trainees who started in 2006, four are still with the Centre. Others have left and have then rejoined the programme. The placements have originated from Fairfield Farm College, Frome College, Tumblewood (since 2010), Independent Numbers, Somerset Enham, Somerset Priory Group (Fairleigh College), On Track Education, Springfield Academy, and also includes some individuals whose parents pay for their placements and others who have no funding at all. We work with schools, colleges, training providers and Wiltshire Council as well as individuals. Funding for training opportunities usually form part of the individuals social care package or from their personal budget.
What will you learn?
Trainees work in either the cafe or the animal park and learn a range of life skills including washing, ironing, vegetable preparation, making refreshments, cleaning windows, looking after the animals, and site maintenance as well as socialisation and interaction with the general public. We aim to build confidence and self esteem and a skill set that will enable some users to go on to mainstream employment elsewhere.
Work Experience Placements
- Placements at Fairfield Farm College include Catering, Re-tail, Customer Care, Office Skills, Café or flexible to meet needs e.g. Farming, Animal Care, Horticulture.
- £50 per day (can bring own support if required)
- Additional support available at £19.11 p/hr.
Trainees at Hope Nature Centre
- Short and long-term training opportunities for adults with learning difficulties in the Café, Kitchen or Animal Park.
- £35 per day for trainees that are more independent.
- £50 per day for trainees that need greater support.
- Trainees are supported with CV writing and skills to help with other work opportunities.