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Stables Christian Centre (Bolnhurst Stables Trust)

Welcome

The Stables Christian Centre is set in 5 acres of countryside in the village of Bolnhurst, 6 miles North of Bedford. It is home to the Seed Sowers Training Project and other activities.

What we do

Current Activities

Our 'working together' groups operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays and offer a chance to participate in a genuine work environment but allowing you the space and tranquillity to develop at a pace suitable for you. The groups will never total more than 12 on a day and are therefore particularly suitable for those who find it easier to cope in a smaller setting.

The Seed Sowers Training Project offers work-based training to small groups of vulnerable adults, who currently find an ordinary workplace too difficult.

We care for five acres of woodland, hedges and meadow and grow herb and wildflower plants to sell — over 100 different types! We produce our own preserves (jams, jellies, marmalades, chutney) from our own grown ingredients where possible. We also make quality craft items — cards, jewellery, fabric and scented gifts. These are all on sale in our on-site shop as well as some shops in the local area.

All our activities are based around our craft rooms, kitchens, gardens and greenhouses. They are designed to help participants progress towards independence, confidence and working capacity, within a safe and pleasant rural environment.

Current Activities

Our 'working together' groups operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays and offer a chance to participate in a genuine work environment but allowing you the space and tranquillity to develop at a pace suitable for you. The groups will never total more than 12 on a day and are therefore particularly suitable for those who find it easier to cope in a smaller setting.

Tuesdays, 10am — 3pm

For those with a learning disability

You will work in a group of not more than 3 people. These will change from week to week so you have a chance to get to know everyone. You will have three working sessions, one in each of the garden, craft and kitchen departments. You will have a chance to try new things, but you will not be expected to do anything you find too difficult. A member of staff will be there to supervise at all times. You will keep a record of each session in your own portfolio, which you can take home at the end of the year. You will also get a report on your progress from the staff at the Centre.

Thursdays, 10am — 3pm

For those who currently experience barriers to employment due to mental health or other issues, including Aspergers

You will work in small groups (2-6 people). There will be three working sessions and there will be a mixture of outdoor and indoor work, although you will be able to choose which you would like to do more of. We try to fit tasks to your enjoyment and abilities, but you will also be encouraged to try new activities and, as in all workplaces, to share in the job of making high quality goods for sale. All training is given by our staff (or occasionally by others brought in) and no prior qualifications are necessary. You will keep a record of your activities in a personal diary and staff also record and assess your achievements. We are thus able to provide a work record and reference for those who hope to go on to employment elsewhere.

Who to contact

Telephone
E-mail
admin@stableschristiancentre.co.uk
Website
www.stableschristiancentre.co.uk/

Where to go

Address
Stables Christian Centre
Kimbolton Road
Bolnhurst
Bedford
Postcode
MK44 2ES
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Notes

Transport is provided to and from the old hospital site in Kimbolton Road, Bedford 

Time / Date Details

When is it on
10 am to 3 pm
Time of day
Morning
Afternoon

Other Details

Availability

Referral required
Yes
Referral Details

Finding out more

If you interested in finding out more about the activities we offer then why not come on an informal visit. This will give you an opportunity to see the Centre, watch the activities and chat to a member of staff. If you think it might be for you we can then arrange for you to experience a taster day to see how you get on.

Enquiries

Enquiries are welcome from:

  • Social Workers
  • Key Workers
  • Home managers
  • Individuals
  • Families
Other notes

From May to December on the first Saturday of the month we run a coffee shop serving hot and cold drinks and homemade cakes. (open 2-4.30pm)

Age Bands
18-25 years old
Parents and carers