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David Lewis provides outstanding education, residential, medical and therapeutic support for people with learning disabilities, epilepsy and autism.

Our Day Services

Our Day Services provide an extensive range of innovative, person centred leisure, vocational and work based activities, in a variety of settings to adults with Learning Disabilities, Autism, Epilepsy and other complex needs.

The services are developed for each individual by supporting their interests and promoting their strengths. Using person centred approaches, the service gives people the opportunity to grow, develop practical and interpersonal skills, build confidence, have fun and meet new people, in a friendly, supportive and stimulating environment.

We offer flexibility in attendance with people participating from 1 day to five days each week.

Sessions: offered Monday to Friday depending on availability.

Full Day: 09:30 – 15:30

Costs: Upon request

How to apply

The Service can be purchased through direct payments, privately funded, Local Authority or through the CHC.

Every person’s needs are different, this we appreciate, and the best way to understand what we can offer is to talk to us, so if you would like to know more, please do not hesitate to call our Head of Day Services Donna Ogden on 01565 640228 or email us via our Contact Form/Application form.

The application process involves the following steps:

  • Contact us to arrange a visit to David Lewis (see above for contact details).
  • If we feel that we can offer a placement, we will offer an assessment. As part of the assessment process, we may make a home visit or a visit to the Individuals current placement.
  • Once the assessment has been completed, if we believe that the Day Service is the right place, we will offer a place and if this is accepted, you will need to submit an application for funding to the relevant agencies. If we don’t believe this to be the case, we will provide a clear explanation of why we think this is so.
  • Once funding has been confirmed, we will put a plan in place to support the individual’s transition into the service.

Land Based Services

Our land based services are designed to provide and facilitate a range of innovative and meaningful, work based, vocational, leisure, sensory and social opportunities.

The service aims to engage individuals with nature, farming, animals, conservation, horticulture woodcraft and sensory experiences, intended to help develop individuals knowledge, skills, understanding, increase independence and provide opportunity to be part of a team in a supportive environment, whilst feeling valued and having fun.

If you’re interested in animals, agriculture, horticulture and conservation this is the place for you. You will be based within the land based services and you will be able to enjoy working with our farm and indoor animals, conservation projects, wildlife and horticulture.

Will provide individuals the opportunity to develop practical, vocational, work skills whilst undertaking a wide range of work based activities caring for the livestock, poultry and small animals within Top Farm, in addition individuals will work on the allotment by creating and maintaining a Moon Gardening and No Dig approach that will enable Top Farm to be as self-sufficient as possible, but also allows us to reconnect with nature and reap the benefits of the holistic garden.

The service will facilitate creative and innovative work based opportunities for individuals in the following areas.

Animal Care

  • Cleaning and Maintaining animal accommodation and enclosures (indoors and outdoors)
  • Animal Feeding and Watering
  • Animal handling and exercising of animals Animal health and wellbeing
  • Donkey and Pony Care
  • Stable cleaning and management
  • Reptile care and handling
  • Aquatic care

Agriculture

  • Working on the allotment (Moon Gardening)
  • Growing without digging
  • Building a compost heap and composting
  • Building and maintaining raised growing beds
  • Recycling

Nature Reserve and Conservation

We are currently under taking a nature reserve project at the farm on site at David Lewis Centre, with planning in place before the national lock down and it being put on hold; we are finally able to begin and we are extremely excited to get started. If you haven’t been to our farm before; the nature reserve will be located at the top of the site, near to the animal paddocks. 

Why a Nature Reserve?

We are very lucky to have the space to create a nature reserve within our site and this will run alongside our Northern Forest project which is in conjunction with The Woodland Trust. We have an array of wild animals that visit us at the farm and we would like to help them; we would like to play our part in supporting the future of Great Britain’s nature, history and culture. With so much of the UK’s green belt and nature being affect at an alarming rate though agricultural intensification, development, climate change, plastics, river damage and pesticides it’s the perfect time to do our part to restore our local nature to its glorious best.

What will be in our Nature Reserve and how will it help the environment?

The end result… Hopefully nature, plenty of beautiful nature…

But to start with we are kicking off by clearing a piece of land which hasn’t been used for a number of years and installing paths to make it accessible to all that visit us… 120 meters of paths which will join into our animal paddocks and additionally be the start of the Northern forest project. This will be followed with a natural pond which will be a little over 1000ft², including 500 plants and a beautiful bird hide. We will finish off the area with wild flower seed and 3300 native British bulbs and a handful of native trees. With a recipe of a quiet nature spot, water, wild flowers, trees and grasses we want to be able to provide a unique and biodiverse wildlife habitat.

All water can help wildlife in some way and we would like ours to be a super-home and useful to all of the wild visitors; encouraging wildlife such as newts, dragonflies, bees, water beetles, frogs, toads and birds. The 500 plants which will be planted in and around the pond it will make the pond look beautiful but will also provide homes for the aquatic creatures.

With a vast array of wild flowers and native bulbs being included in the area it will not only support nature by allowing species to thrive such as butterflies and bees but it will also improve habitats, habitat connectivity, natural flood management and water quality. The production of pollen and nectar from the wild flowers is also crucial for nature to thrive in the future.

Have you got your gloves ready? We have!!!!

“We have to recognise that every breath of air we take, every mouthful of food we take comes from the natural world – and that if we damage the natural world, we damage ourselves. We have the power. We have the knowledge to actually live in harmony with nature.” Sir David Attenborough.

Nature Reserve

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Nature and Conservation at Land Based Services

The David Lewis centre is surrounded by an array of different habitats and wild spaces which supports a diverse variety of species including many important pollinating species of bees, badgers, birds of prey and uncommon bird species such as yellow hammers. This enables us to provide individuals to get involved in Conservation and Nature activities, projects and initiatives. Studies have shown the importance of nature and wild spaces and being out and engaging with nature and its benefit for wellbeing and development. This is why at David Lewis we are increasing creating and developing these wild spaces and homes for wildlife and nature. The nature reserve we are currently working on will include a bird hide wildlife pond and wildflower meadow, which will be built and maintained by the individuals who attend Land Based services In the UK 93% of wildflower meadows have been lost through conversion of habitat. The creation of the nature reserve will see a return of an important habitat that is able to increase the diversity of species on site as well as provide novel areas to explore and enjoy. Through our conservation work here we aim to inspire people to conserve nature and our wild spaces for the enjoyment of generations to come. As Part of Land Based Services team not only will you be conserving and increasing our surrounding habitats, your work will be providing opportunities for species to thrive. Insects such as bees are incredibly important due to the pollination services they provide. As part of the day service team your work will be contributing to the conservation of different wildlife and plants by being involved from design through to construction of BEE homes and BUG hotels. Why because we are conserving these important species and increasing their presence. You will also be involved in the making of bird boxes, bat boxes and hedgehog homes that are utilised throughout the site, providing more opportunity for wildlife to thrive on-site as well as providing insight and gaining important conservation skills to ensure wildlife thrives.

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Bradleys Story

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My life at JD‘s good short and easy right? but it’s more than just good. When I first started at JD‘s I was really nervous and embarrassed and shy a lot, but then after I began to talk to my friends and staff I began to realise I have friends, people who would want to listen.

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Bradley's Story

My life at JD‘s good short and easy right? but it’s more than just good. When I first started at JD‘s I was really nervous and embarrassed and shy a lot, but then after I began to talk to my friends and staff I began to realise I have friends, people who would want to listen.

Read Bradley's Story

JD's

“JD’s is a place to meet people who you don’t live with every day. It’s a place to learn from each other and for staff to learn from us. It’s a place to speak up for yourself” – Pat 

JD’s offers computers for typing skills, internet and email. Activities such as swimming and drama, our multi sensory environment and the chance to try out the potter’s wheel, join in a cookery session or enjoy a trip out on the bus, a bike ride or a visit to a local park.

Moorewoods & Woodland Trust

David Lewis, Land Based services will be working in collaboration with The Woodland Trust as part of their MOREWOODs initiative, we will be creating an accessible, interactive 23 acre woodland heritage site.

Moon gardening and no dig approach

At the side of the farm we have a wonderful large allotment which includes grassed areas, fruit bushes, willow beds, raised beds and flower beds.

Animal Fact Sheets

Emu Fact Sheet

Bearded Dragon
Fact Sheet

Donkey Fact Sheet

Wallaby Fact Sheet

Application Form

Application Form

All About Me Booklet

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