Canterbury Oast Trust

Canterbury Oast Trust

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Canterbury Oast Trust

Canterbury Oast Trust was established by a group of parents in 1985. We provide long-term accommodation with 24-hour care in small, family-style homes and a programme of personal development, skills training and work experience for adults with learning and physical disabilities in Kent and East Sussex.

We have an active Board of Trustees, many of whom are parents of people within our Trust, and a very experienced team managing 17 homes and delivering 8 skills programmes offering a real choice of training opportunities. Three of our homes have residents with tenancy status for those able to live more independently. We have 90 residents in total and provide just under 300 training placements.

We believe people with a disability should have the same opportunities as everyone else to enjoy a rich quality of life, both as individuals and as members of the community. The people we serve are fully involved in setting the direction of our charity and this has guided us to develop a broad range of care and training services which provide the space, time and flexibility to empower people to reach their full potential.

We have a diverse countryside site offering a wonderful and inspiring environment for learning and are one of only two care organisations in the region providing City and Guilds National Proficiency Test Council (NPTC) accredited training across a broad range of disciplines for people with learning disabilities. This specific skills training provides a rigorous formal assessment to ensure an identifiable structure to the training we deliver. It enables people with disabilities to develop social skills and self confidence – and the potential to gain a recognised qualification gives a true opportunity for achievement and progression.

Much of our training is delivered through social enterprises, raising funds through commercial operations to support our work, and involving the wider community helping to break down barriers and foster a greater understanding of disability. Our training includes farming and animal welfare at our farm - the Rare Breeds Centre (which is a farm based visitor centre), horticulture, arts and crafts, woodland conservation at Poulton Wood our nature reserve, an IT training college and also catering and retail in our Tea Room in the popular tourist town of Rye.

Founded 1985

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