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Ampleforth Plus

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.

Ampleforth Plus  supported routes to employment in North Yorkshire

"I am deeply grateful to Henry and Mary Scrope who have been a driving force in creating the vision and opportunity at Ampleforth. Their boundless energy, passion, encouragement and enthusiasm has no bounds. I would also wish to thank The Ampleforth Abbey Trust for their immense support in getting this important project off the ground. We have recruited a first class team to ensure we deliver high quality services and employment support for autistic and disabled people."  Philip Bartey, Group Chief Executive - Autism Plus

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.

Ampleforth Plus North Yorkshire opportunities for people with disabilities
You can read more about the Ampleforth story on their website.

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. 

Want to know more?  Ampleforth Plus, Park House Barns, Pottergate, Gilling East, YO62 4JA or contact us on 01439 787185 or email: 


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