Charity: Orchard Vale Trust

Area of Operation:Somerset
Charity no:326940
Pledge level:£1300 including £50 registration fee
What we do:

Orchard Vale Trust is a charity based in Somerset providing residential care, day services and community opportunities for people with learning disabilities. Our vision is to support individuals with learning disabilities to live their lives to full.

The Trust was started in 1985 by two local families, each with a son with Downs Syndrome and each disappointed by the lack of high-quality residential care available for their children. They decided they would open a home for a group of young people with learning disabilities, including their sons, who had all attended the same school in Bristol and were now facing a future as adults. So, Orchard Vale Trust was born with the opening of the Trust’s first home near Wells.

Since 1986, Orchard Vale has opened a further three homes in Somerset. We now also offer day care services for around another 15 people. The Trust continues to be very much focused on individuals and families, with many family members of service users involved in running and helping the Trust in numerous ways.

From the beginning, our work has been underpinned by the core values of respect, dignity, autonomy, and choice. Today we believe our services must be entirely focused on meeting each individual's needs. We believe every person, whether or not they have a disability, has the right to be treated with respect and dignity. Above all, we believe they should be in control of their own lives as much as they can be. That means being able to make choices, undertake activities that are meaningful and fulfilling, and participate fully in their local communities.

We are delighted you are considering running for OVT in the Marathon. The funds you raise will go directly into enhancing our services. We use our Marathon money to provide things we otherwise could not provide, such as our highly regarded workshop and horticulture activities and individual holidays for residents.

We would welcome you to contact us to arrange to visit our services before or after you run so you can come and see what your sponsorship funds are being used for and to meet some of the great individuals that we provide services to. Just email daniel.cheney@orchardval

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