Growing Independence 8th - 10th Aug 2022 (invite only)

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

Monday August 8th – Wednesday August 10th 2022
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/young person
Additional child/young person family member
All-terrain wheelchair
Please note Magdalen has 3 all-terrain wheelchairs for outdoor use and these are allocated to children first and only available to adults if space allows. Please check with Magdalen Staff first if an all-terrain wheelchair is required for adult use.

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Magdalen Farm has worked with children over many years who are now transitioning into adulthood. Parents are telling us that their teenagers/young adults 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 or Dorset. We are pleased to announce that Magdalen has received funding from Somerset Community Foundation to run a pilot programme over 2 years, and from Dorset Council for additional places for young people from Dorset this summer.

Growing Independence will teach independent living skills to 10 teenagers/young adults (14yrs – 25yrs from Dorset or Somerset) who, given the right support, have a chance at living semi-independently as adults.

Magdalen ran one residential in the summer of 2021 and the next one is the 8th – 10th August 2022 lasting for three days and two nights. One parent/carer will stay overnight to support their teenager/young adult 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/young adults 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. A bedroom will be provided for each family and if we are able, we will provide teenage dorms.

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

·         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/young people 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.

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Starts: Monday, August 8th 2022 at 1:00pm
Ends: Wednesday, August 10th 2022 at 12:45pm

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Timezone: Europe/London
Bookings close: August 9th 2022


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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