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FitzRoy Rural Skills

FitzRoy’s Rural Skills Project supports people with learning disabilities to develop confidence, skills and a sense of wellbeing by working in a rural setting.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Louise Clark
02392 267316

Where to go

FitzRoy Rural Skills
East Meon Sustainability Centre,
East Meon
GU32 1HR

Other Details


Age Ranges
18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25

Local Offer

Local Offer
What does your service do?

The Rural Skills Project teaches people with learning / physical disabilities, practical skills in an outdoor environment. Nestled in the hills of East Meon in East Hampshire, our fully accessible site with environmentally-friendly facilities is an inspirational place. Those who attend the site undertake training in horticulture, woodwork, crafts and much more. As an accredited provider of ASDAN qualifications we currently offer modules in Horticulture and the environment. Our facilities promote a relaxed atmosphere that builds confidence as well as enhancing physical / emotional wellbeing. Whether you need one to one support or are happy to work in a group, al our activities are planned with the individual in mind as we aim to fulfil the potential of all those who attend. The project is constantly growing and developing and all those who attend the site are instrumental in the decision making processes. We are open between 10am - 3 pm Monday to Friday.

Who does your service provide for?

Our Service is fully accessible and provides a day service to those with learning / physical disabilities. It's open and rural setting also lends itself to develop enhances emotional wellbeing.

How can I start using the service?

OurSimply contact Louise Clark, Service Manager, to organise a free and informal taster session. (contact details as above)

Where is it located and what areas does it cover?

The Rural Skills Project is located in the beautiful Meon Valley, and falls within the confines of the South Downs National Park. Our site makes up part of The Sustainability Centre at East Meon. The Centre as a whole covers over 50 acres of woodland and down land, that offer a wide diversity of ecosystems.

How are decisions made about who can use your service?

As long as funds are available, anyone is able to access our facility.

How do you communicate with service users and how are they involved in decision making?

Communications is an extremely important part of our project and a wide variety of techniques and resources are utilised by well training and experience staff, to ensure that the needs of every individual are met. All those who attend the site are involved in the decision making processes, with regular service user forums organised to share ideas and monitor progress

Is your service fully accessible?

The Rural Skills Project is fully accessible to all (however we have limited facilities in terms of changing areas).

What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEN and Disabilities had or are having?

All Staff working at The Rural Skills Project have undertaken comprehensive and ongoing training in terms of the support they provide and the education they deliver.

How will I know my child is safe?

All activities undertaken at Rural Skills are meticulously planned to ensure the safety and enjoyment of those we cater for. Continuous training ensures that all staff are fully compliant to all CQC requirements. All staff are subject to DBS checks.

Who can I contact for further information?

Louise Clarke, Service Manager (details as above).

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