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OWL Town Farm Workshop

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Providing work-related activity for adults with learning disabilities

Town Farm Workshop is an innovative project from Regard, We provide care and support to adults, young people and children with Learning Difficulties, Mental Health needs and Acquired Brain Injury.

About OWL, Town Farm Workshop:

Located in the Dorset village of Sixpenny Handley, Town Farm Workshop offers activities including crafts, gardening, horse riding, pottery, weaving and swimming.

We offer a fixed weekly schedule of activities (subject to adjustment for seasonal activities, such as sailing, or where community activities we access may follow school terms and holidays). Using our schedule, each individual creates and follows a weekly timetable of their chosen activities on an ongoing basis, subject to regular reviews during the year. We develop and include new activities in response to appropriate requests or needs.

We also offer training days throughout the year, covering:

  • Getting a Job
  • Road Safety
  • Fire Training
  • Health and Safety
  • Keep Safe, Keep Fit & Keep Well (separate courses)
  • Bereavement and Loss
  • Relationships
  • Total Communication

For more information, please contact:

Helen Ritson, Manager.

Email: • Telephone: 01725 552 992

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What we offer
Our Aim
Meet the Team
Training Dates
Success Stories

Our workshops are located in a small business development, a working environment that promotes a work-focused attitude within the Town Farm Workshop community.

Craft and Enterprise Base: the day starts and finishes here with signing in and out and preparing for community activities. Meals and breaks are facilitated here and the base is the venue for craft, drama, sensory, IT and photography sessions and for literacy classes.

Pottery and Weaving Workshop: this houses both our various looms and our ceramics workshop, which includes its own kiln.

Market Garden Project: three miles from our main site, we are restoring a Victorian kitchen garden to its former glory. The site, measuring around a hectare, includes our teaching room, polytunnel, tool shed, soft fruit frame and washroom. We have already raised fresh fruit and vegetables and enjoyed cider from the orchard.

Town Farm Workshop is focused on producing positive outcomes for individuals and their community through:

choice and empowerment – providing and supporting choice, enabling individuals to enjoy greater control in their lives

citizenship – enabling individuals to become valued members of their local community

identity – creating an environment within which individuals can recognise and realise their potential.

For further information, please contact our Manager Helen Ritson on 01725 552992 email

Helen Ritson the service manager worked at specialist ASD school for 5 years before joining Regard in 2010. She holds an NVQ3 Health and Social Care, an ILM Level 5 Management an NOCN Autistic Spectrum Disorders and CIEH Train the Trainer. With a passion for community involvement and experience of both adult and children’s services she is an ideal representative to lead and develop this excellent team and service. Tutors supporting learning at TFW have in excess of 70 years combined experience. The staff team supporting Helen have over 40 years of experience between them. Three of them have the best experience and knowledge, being parents of children with LD.

An update from OWL Town Farm Workshop appears on Page 8 of the Regard Winter 2017-18 newsletter.

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2015 Stand-alone training courses

The following list shows the date, course title and provider or name of the person running the course

18th Feb, Keep Safe, Curious Arts

8th April, Bereavement and Loss, Curious Arts

15th April, Keep Well (AM) Keep Fit (PM), Curious Arts

27th May, Health and Safety, Helen Ritson and Lee McNeil

22nd July, First Aid, Helen Ritson

29th July, Getting a Job, Helen Ritson

5th August, Total Communication, Julie Cooper and Lee McNeil

12th August PM only, Fire Safety, Lee McNeil

19th August, Healthy Relationships, Curious Arts

26th August, Road Safety (limited spaces), Streetwise / Lee McNeil

2nd September, Road Safety (limited spaces), Streetwise / Lee McNeil

28th October, Health and Hygiene, Curious Arts

Hugely successful charity afternoon tea party at OWL Town Farm Workshop 

Last week, our Town Farm Workshop Outcomes With Learning (OWL) service hosted an afternoon tea party.

OWL Town Farm Workshop celebrate volunteers while participating in Care Home Open Day 2018

On Wednesday 25th April, our Town Farm Workshop - Outcomes With Learning (OWL) day service opened its doors to visitors in conjunction with National Care Home Open Day.

OWL Town Farm Workshop celebrate national Care Home Open Day

Last week Town Farm Workshop, our Outcome With Learning (OWL) day service in Cranborne, opened their doors for Care Home Open Day.

OWL Town Farm Workshop and Newton House hold a coffee morning for MIND

The team and the people we support at our OWL (Outcomes with Learning) Town Farm Workshop (TFW) day service in Cranborne, held a coffee morning recently to raise money for MIND.

OWL Town Farm Workshop celebrate an evening of achievements

This October a presentation evening was held for seven Learners from OWL Town Farm Workshop (TFW) who achieved Entry Level 3 QCF’s in Gaining Skills for Employment.

OWL Town Farm Workshop, exhibit and sell their goods at the Larmer Tree Musical Festival

Each year the team at OWL (Outcomes with Learning) Town Farm Workshop are invited to the ‘Larmer Tree Musical Festival’ to exhibit and sell in their ‘artists’ quarter’, and this year was no different where they got to sell a selection of their many artistic products.

Mel’s tapestry makes a beautiful prize at OWL Town Farm Workshop

When we recently received a phone call from Anita Hansen at Dorset Community Action wanting to commission a piece of work,

Handmade talents are a hit for OWL Town Farm Workshop’s new pitch

With the support of Regard staff individuals at Town Farm Workshop (TFW) now have the opportunity to showcase their many talents by selling their handmade items at their new ‘pitch’ in Toad Hall.

Shopping, sales and sprouts at OWL Town Farm Workshop

Town Farm held its 3rd annual Christmas Shopping Evening in November and enjoyed an early Christmas lunch in Wimborne.

Cream teas, festivals, making friends at OWL Town Farm Workshop

​Service users and staff at TFW are making the most of the sunshine. Read more here…..

Weaving up a treat for Christmas at Town Farm Workshop

“It’s a really special time of the year for us here – a chance for the team to show off the wonderful work they do throughout the year and to meet local people in a lovely festive atmosphere with live music.”

OWL Town Farm Workshop scoops first prize for its smashing pumpkins

A Sixpenny Handley training workshop for people with learning disabilities has won first place in a competition for its smashing pumpkins.

National Learning Disability and Autism Awards - Finalists

We are delighted to have finalists in five categories of the English and Welsh finals of the National Learning Disability and Autism Awards.

Regard hosts open days to boost community integration

Open days are being hosted throughout England and Wales by The Regard Group with the aim of boosting community integration for people with learning disabilities, mental health and acquired brain injury.

Recognition for Helen from Town Farm Workshop, in National Learning Disability Awards

Helen Ritson has been named as a finalist in the 2018 National Learning Disability Awards in the category of ‘Making A Difference.’

Care Home Open Day 2018 – Linking Communities

Following on from the success of last year’s events, we are pleased to announce that many of our residential services will opening up their doors, once again, for National Care Home Open Day 2018.

OWL Town Farm Workshop prepare ‘heartfelt’ favours for bride Carole

Our specialist training centre for people with learning disabilities and mental health needs in Dorset is at the ‘heart’ of preparations for a marriage blessing ceremony.

Sunflower growing races gets Regard’s services ready for summer

Our services are embracing the start of summer with a new competition: ‘Bloom and Win’.

Charity fundraising turns supporters purple across Regard

Over a third of our 149 services across England and Wales are planning local fundraisers for Purple Day (Sunday 26 March) in aid of Epilepsy Action, the UK’s leading epilepsy organisation, with some of them already ahead of the action.

Valentines’s first for Claire and Paul

Getting in the mood for their first Valentine’s Day as a committed couple are Claire Benyon and Paul Bates, who live in Dorset.

Leather craft, new sports and improving Total Communication skills and signs at Town Farm Workshop

​Service users at Town Farm Workshop learnt to make belts, cases and pouches with leather this winter as well as trying out new sports at the local leisure centre.

A successful open day and building a composting, disco toilet at OWL Town Farm Workshop!

On September 24th we launched ‘NOCN for Regard’. We had lots of visitors – friends and family and a couple of groups from other local services who took the opportunity to find out all about the 2 Offqual recognised qualifications now on offer at Town Farm Workshops.

Clare’s action-packed week at OWL Town Farm Workshop, Two Wells and Costa Coffee!

There is simply no stopping Clare Stubley. If she’s not waiting tables at Costa Coffee, you might spot her tilling the soil at a local market garden, or else weaving a bespoke scarf to sell online. Weekends are no less action-packed. There are places to go; friends to meet, her next foreign jaunt to plan.

Here We Come A-Wassailing - OWL Town Farm Workshop

A Dorset community is hosting a celebration of the ancient tradition of wassailing with a bonfire and songs at Rushmore Park market garden.

Weaving, Working and Wassailiing at OWL Town Farm Workshop

​Lots of exciting and some unusual events are taking place at Town Farm Workshop - read more here

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Contact OWL Town Farm Workshop

  • Units 5 & 8 Town Farm Workshops, Dean Lane, Sixpenny Handley, SP5 5PA.
  • 01725 552 992
  • Service Manager: Helen Ritson
  • Regional Manager: Neil Cole: 07525 951 066

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