Acorns Day Services
Acorns is located on our main Cornford Lane site, It provides a wide range of activities for people with a learning disability & complex needs, supporting them to lead interesting, active and rewarding lives.
These daytime activities help people gain new, practical and social skills and provide beneficial therapy. Some people enjoy the opportunity to learn new things or express themselves creatively whilst others choose to pursue a particular interest by studying for their City & Guilds qualifications – practically based qualifications, designed for people with a learning disability and recognized by employers.
We hold small group sessions with six people to one tutor. This ensures that everyone works at their own pace and receives all the support they need. We also provide one-to-one support. We actively encourage visitors to view our facilities and offer taster sessions for those who are interested in taking part in our activities. Acorns is fully accessible.
SKILLS FOR INDEPENDENCE
We have a well-equipped training kitchen where people learn how to cook healthy, affordable meals that they can prepare at home. They learn about food safety, nutrition, meal planning, how to follow recipes and supermarket shopping.
IT and Media
Our recently updated IT Suite offers accessible equipment that enables people to benefit from the latest technology, regardless of their ability, how to use email; the internet for directions, planning journeys, bus & train timetables; shop online and use social media. Exploring music and film & animation is an exciting pastime for many.
Those taking part develop practical skills such as planning menus, writing shopping lists, managing money, interview skills, accessing community resources and travelling by public transport – all of which help them to gain skills to live independent lives.
Arts & Crafts
Our recently expanded art room provides a bright space, flooded with natural light, to inspire creativity. A variety of materials are used to encourage the people to design & produce original work.
People here can work with clay to produce various items like key rings, bowls, decorative plates and ornaments. We have our own kiln where items can be fired. Items made are sold in our Charity Shops and our Farm Shop on main site.
Our fully equipped, dedicated sensory room can stimulate those with sensory and physical disability through the use of lights, sounds and projected images. These elements can equally calm people with challenging behaviour using soothing lights and music. Sessions can be booked on a full or half day basis for those needing intensive support
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
For those who prefer the ‘great outdoors’, we grow vegetables & flowers all year round. People learn about preparing the ground, planting and pruning. Our produce is sold in the local community and on our main site in Pembury.
People attending Acorns look after our donkeys, pigmy goats, sheep, pigs, rabbits, guinea pigs, ducks and chickens. They learn about caring, feeding, cleaning & grooming and find it very therapeutic as it is calming, soothing and rewarding. Our animals have always proved a popular attraction to many visitors.
Football, swimming & keep fit classes are all available. We have an outdoor gym, offering exercise in the fresh air whilst enjoying lovely rural views. We also support people to get involved in local community activities such as horse-riding for the disabled, cycling and sailing at nearby Chipstead Lake.