Growing Independence - 11th - 13th Aug 2021

Enjoy a stay on a working organic farm with other teenagers and young adults

Wednesday August 11th – Friday August 13th 2021
Magdalen Farm

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Teenager/Young Adult (aged 13 year to 25) with autism or another learning disability
Teenager/Young Adult (aged 13 year to 25) with autism or another learning disability
Supporting Adult
Supporting Adult for teenager or young adult with autism or another learning disability
Additional family members -- adult
Additional adult family member
Additional family members - child
Additional child family member

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Magdalen Farm has worked with individuals over many years who are now transitioning into adulthood.  Parents are telling us that their teenagers are facing many additional challenges and that there is a gap in gaining skills to live more independently.  So, Magdalen has come up with a programme called "Growing Independence" for teenagers/young adults with autism and other learning disabilities, living in Somerset.  We are pleased to announce that Magdalen has received funding from Somerset Community Foundation to run a pilot programme over 2 years.

Growing Independence will teach independent living skills to 10 teenagers/young adults (13yrs – 25yrs)  who, given the right support, have a chance at living semi-independently as adults.

Magdalen will run one residential in the summer of 2021 (11th – 13th August) and one in 2022, both lasting for three days and two nights.  One parent/carer will stay overnight to support their teenager but they will not play an active part in the programme.  Both the teenager place and the adult/carer place is FREE.

Additionally, the whole family can stay and have their own break whilst their teenager is having fun gaining skills.  Families can go off to the Jurassic coast or stay on the farm relaxing, it’s up to you.  Just be back at for 5:30 for supper which will be cooked by the teenagers.  Additional family places will cost £20 per person per night.

Specialist Magdalen staff will be teaching the teenagers/young adults:

  • ·         Cooking – cooking healthy, nutritious meals from cheap, sustainable ingredients.
  • ·         Cleaning  - cleaning their own rooms and communal areas.
  • ·         Laundry – using the washing machine.
  • ·         Gardening – simple grow-your-own skills.

We expect the teenagers to:

  • ·         Have fun
  • ·         Gain self-awareness and skills
  • ·         Contribute to the farm by looking after the farm animals
  • ·         Make friends and socialise
  • ·         Gain tolerance in accepting differences.

The package includes all meals and activities whilst staying in our comfortable accommodation.  We hope to provide a bedroom per family (adult sized bunks) with shared bathroom facilities and separate teenage dormitories.

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Starts: Wednesday, August 11th 2021 at 1:00pm
Ends: Friday, August 13th 2021 at 12:45pm

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Timezone: Europe/London
Bookings close: August 12th 2021


Magdalen Farm
TA20 4PA
United Kingdom

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This event is organized by Magdalen Environmental Trust.

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Magdalen Farm is accessible with the following modes of transport:

Car - we are located between the towns of Beaminster (Dorset), Crewkerne (Somerset) and Chard (Somerset).  For further travel details please use the link here.

Train - our nearest train station is Crewkerne - 7 miles from the farm on the London Waterloo to Exeter line.  Please arrange for a taxi to bring transfer from the station.

Bus - No 99 from Taunton to Yeovil stops at the end of the driveway to the farm.

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