Ampleforth Plus is situated on the edge of the Ampleforth valley in the heart of the Howardian Hills in North Yorkshire. In 2012 Philip Bartey, Group Chief Executive of Autism Plus began discussions with Henry and Mary Scrope, parents of William who has autism around a shared vision of supporting disabled people into work. Their shared vision was presented to the Ampleforth Abbey Trust later that year, where a partnership emerged and further discussions began around how to engage with the local community and provide opportunities for disabled people currently not in work.
The Abbey Trust owned a collection of redundant farm buildings which they agreed to lease to Autism Plus on a 99-year peppercorn lease, along with an adjacent five-acre field. In return we agreed to refurbish the buildings and bring them back into use, by establishing a number of social enterprise businesses in the buildings and on the land, to produce goods and services which the Abbey and college committed to purchasing. The refurbishment work was divided into two phases: phase one commenced in August 2014 and reached completion in June 2015. We are currently fundraising for phase two.
If you are interested in a free taster session contact with Julie Abbott, Development Director for the enterprises. The only entry requirement is a diagnosis of autism or related disability. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 01439 787185.
Park House Barns, Pottergate, Gilling East, North Yorkshire YO62 4JA.
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