Minstead Trust provides training and support that improves the lives of people with learning disabilities.

This includes support services that help people to live in their own homes and to learn new skills in day opportunities. We also run employability programmes that support people to learn work skills and gain work experience that can lead to paid work.

Work experience opportunities are available across our social enterprises, which include Furzey Gardens, Hanger Farm Arts Centre, Lily&Lime, Brickyard Café and Events, and Minstead Lodge conference and events venue.

We support more than 220 people along the south coast of England, from the New Forest to Portsmouth.

Each part of Minstead Trust works towards our vision and mission.

Our Vision: A society where people with learning disabilities enjoy fulfilling lives of their own choosing.

Our Mission: We support people with learning disabilities to fully develop their individual potential by providing opportunities, enhancing life skills, ensuring informed choice, and influencing society.

Who we are:

  • We appreciate each person. Everyone is different – we respect and celebrate this.
  • We’re always learning. We all have something to offer and more to learn.
  • We’re always improving. Striving to give our best and to have more impact.
  • We push for change. We will challenge society to be fully inclusive.
  • We find the joy in everyday life. We have the freedom to be ourselves and enjoy what we do.

The Trust has a Christian foundation and our values are based on the belief that all people deserve care and respect and that we should care for others as we would want them to care for us. We celebrate the main Christian events of Christmas and Easter.  We are not an evangelising organisation and welcome people of all faiths and none, aiming to serve whatever personal and spiritual needs people may have.

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