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Bethphage welcomes our new friends from Oak Farm and Innage Lane

Karen shows off Innage Lane hand made Christmas decorations

Bethphage is delighted to announce the successful transfer of the services Oak Farm and Innage Lane from Shropshire Council. The transfer was finalised on 9th December 2016 and is for an initial period of seven years following months of preparation which included formal consultation of the staff teams, meeting with the people who are supported there and their families and carers, representatives of the friends associations, and the Ditton Priors Community Land Trust, to explain the aims of the agreement and listen to people’s hopes for the future.

Oak Farm Meets Bethphage's American Trustees Donna Werner and Carol Mau

Peter Loose, Chief Executive:  

“We are excited by the opportunities at Innage Lane and Oak Farm to promote our vision of inclusive communities where all people have the opportunity to live the life they choose. Shropshire Council have developed two excellent facilities and we are grateful for the hard work and sincerity they have put into negotiating a responsible agreement. We are delighted to welcome the people supported on both sites and the two staff teams into the Bethphage family.”

Lee Chapman, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for adults, added: –  

“Both Oak Farm and Innage Lane are very much a valued service for people with learning disabilities and play a key role in supporting the local community. I am really pleased that Bethphage, who were clearly the preferred bidder, has taken on these services. The great news is that the new arrangements will enable services to continue in both locations, providing the same support to all the people who attend, with all the same staff.”

Oak Farm, Ditton Priors is well established and integrated within the local community, and is a supplier of farm produce, plants and preserves from the on-site farm shop and at the local agricultural show. Oak Farm provides opportunities for people to explore new experiences and learn new skills. The farm currently supports 47 adults with learning disabilities, who are supported by 12 members of staff.

The farm provides training and work experience in horticulture and agriculture for people who may move on to permanent employment, and supportive placement for others who, because of their disability, are unlikely to seek mainstream work. People attending the farm learn husbandry techniques while working with pigs, sheep, cattle and the flock of free-range hens.

Innage Lane, Bridgnorth offers a day service for 20 adults with a learning disability, supported by nine staff, and has a strong emphasis on producing high-quality craft products which are sold locally. The centre provides opportunities for people to access a wide range activity both within the day centre and the local community.

Both sites currently operate five days a week to develop daily living skills, promote independence and involvement in community activities.

Innage Lane and Oak Farm move on to pastures new

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