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Fairfield Farm Trust is a local charity established in 1976 to provide training and employment opportunities for young people with learning disabilities.

We offer flexible person centred living and work packages to empower young people with varied support needs to prepare for adulthood, including:

  • Social care packages from 1-day up to 1-year and beyond (52 weeks)
  • Flexible day and residential packages to meet individual needs
  • Stay in a fully equipped house with your own bedroom and shared facilities
  • Make friends and learn skills to live with others
  • Independent living training in the home (shopping, cooking, cleaning)
  • Learn to be safe, independent and live well in the community
  • Managing your free time in the home and exploring community activities
  • Work placement in the community, as appropriate and help securing employment
  • Healthy meals and snacks provided
  • Transport throughout your stay and learn to use public transport
  • Team of experienced and caring support staff
Mode of attendance
Part-time Identified days and/or nights each week
Full-time 7-days and/or nights a week
Short-term Flexible packages from 1 day to 6 months
Medium-term Flexible packages from 1 day up to 1 year and beyond
Longer-term Supported living in Trust houses

 Accommodation and facilities

  • Fully-equipped bungalow accommodating 5 residents with shared facilities
  • Fully-equipped house comprising 7 rooms for residents with shared facilities
  • Individual bedrooms and wash facilities, communal living
  • Qualified and experienced team of support staff
  • Support for all young people based on ratios of 1:1 to 1:3
  • Sleep in support for all the young people based on ratios of 1:4 to 1:7
  • Transport (use of charity vehicle) during stay
  • All meals provided, young people are supported to plan, shop and prepare meals

Individual packages

Young people will work with their parents/families, social worker and the team to agree appropriate goals and targets, depending on their current skill levels and the package time. Young people will be assessed on current levels of skills and a package will be individually designed to meet the needs of the young person to build on existing skills. This is likely to include the following:

Independent Living
Undertake household tasks
Undertake personal care tasks
Understand money, manage their personal allowance and using a bank account
Household budgeting, shopping within a budget, managing household bills
Maintain their house and garden at to a standard which is acceptable to a landlord
Create a personal recipe book of meals the young person can cook with support or independently
Road crossing and independent travel, using public transport, reading timetables
Skills required to be ‘home alone’ safely

 

Employment (those on a full-time package for a minimum of 3 months only)
Work with Community Connecting/WEST to identify potential occupations
Undertake ‘real work’ experience in the community
Other work experience opportunities that may arise to build confidence

 

Health
Understand the importance of a healthy diet
Understand the importance of taking regular exercise and access local facilities
Understand his/her health needs, recognising when he/she is unwell and in taking medication
Support to make and attend any medical appointments they may need
Community Inclusion
Explore leisure and social options
Support in catching up with old friends or joining new clubs
Understand local area and available facilities

 Assumptions

  • Young people will have a bus pass ‘with companion’ for travel training purposes
  • Young people will need their own Bank account, cash point/debit card and approximately £25 per week which they can access from the account for their personal spending
  • All prices quoted include all refreshments and meals in the house as well as transport in mini-buses to activities. It does not include refreshments or entrance fees during social activities.

CLICK HERE for further information: STEPs leaflet

For further information and to arrange a visit
Website http://www.ffc.ac.uk/stepstoindependence/steps/
Phone Gregory Bennett 01373 866068 
E-mail gregory.bennett@ffc.ac.uk
Address 12 Whitecroft, Dilton Marsh, Westbury BA13 4DJ