OUR TRAINEES

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. For further information please contact us on 01225 759075 or email: info@hopenaturecentre.org.uk

ABOUT US

Welcome to the Hope Nature Centre, a fun family day out, set in 15 acres of Southwick Country Park near Trowbridge. Come and join us for a spot of Breakfast or Lunch in our Cafe, before exploring our Animal Park. Come and see a variety of animals including; Goats, Sheep, Pigs,  Donkeys and much more. Open 7 days a week so come along for an afternoon of fun.

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Location

SOUTHWICK COUNTRY PARK

FROME ROAD

SOUTHWICK

WILTSHIRE

BA14 9QD

Phone & Email

Refurbishment for Hope Nature Centre

REFURBISHMENT CLOSURE 24 December to 27 January 2019 (Animal Park closed from 24 December to 6 January 2019) As you all know, the Hope Nature Centre was given a Masonic...

Artist found for nature centre’s project

Staff at the Hope NatureCentre in Southwick have found an artist who is willing to use their talents to help decorate a community bus with animal-themed murals and...

Enjoy Afternoon Tea with us

Enjoy a special treat with a traditional afternoon tea in our Cafe. Only £9.95 per person including sandwiches, scones, cakes and tea or coffee. Available Wednesday,...

Walk with Goats at Hope Nature Centre

Would you like to take a walk with our lovely goats: Albert, Florence, Domino, Barley, Compo and Storm? All walks start at 9:15 am We are only accepting up to five...

Zoo Licence: crowd-funding appeal

Hope Nature Centre have been informed that they may have to apply for a zoo licence to continue to put on show some of the animals currently living at the centre. The...

Merger with Fairfield Farm College

Fairfield Farm ColIege and the Hope Nature Centre have completed their merger on September 1st 2018. Both Charities believe that as a result of coming together the education...

Enjoy fresh eggs from our poultry

Our poultry are now laying and we have eggs for sale: Chicken Box of 6 - £1.25 Box of 12 - £2.25  Duck Box of 6 - £1.50 Box of 12 - £2.75  Turkey  80p each  Goose  £1.50...