Life is For Living

Together we can make a brighter future for adults with learning disabilities

Welcome to Acorn Village – proudly supporting adults with learning disabilities

We are a charity based in Mistley, Essex, that provides residential and supported living facilities and care and support for adults with learning disabilities. We believe that life is for living and we put people first, disability second ensuring everyone meets their full potential in a nurturing environment.

Acorn Village was set up more than 50 years ago by a determined group of families that wanted a different approach to caring for their children with learning disabilities as they become adults.

Our objectives are met through daytime activities which encourage social interaction, learning new life skills, crafting, gardening, education, active leisure and entertainment. These activities are also open to adults with learning disabilities living in the wider community as well. Our family-centred ethos puts residents, staff, volunteers and their families at their heart of everything we do.

At our purpose built Creative Craft Centre activities such as art and textiles are supported by skilled staff looking to explore an individual’s creativity.  Media, photography, drama and poetry groups are well attended with displays and performances used to showcase the work that somebody has achieved.  The centre encourages active interests such as bike riding, cookery, carpet bowls, gardening and off site sessions such as swimming and horse riding. 

Our residents and tenants also access educational opportunities at adult education centres.  Relaxation is not forgotten, a therapeutic sensory room has been developed and individuals can access drama and music therapy.  All possibilities are explored and a person with a specific interest will be encouraged and supported to achieve their goals.

A coffee shop is available on site, a service also to the general public thus offering a further opportunity for integration.  Likewise our two charity shops, one on the Acorn main site and one in Manningtree give an insight to others about Acorn Village whilst helping to raise funds.

So why not come and visit us, we’d love to see you! You can also learn about the difference we have made to the lives of adults with learning disabilities by reading our latest Impact Report

Here’s a video created by Team Acorn during the covid pandemic showing our determination to have fun and live life to the fullest while staying safely!


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Why Acorn Village?

People First, Disability Second, is our philosophy.

Every person, whatever their disability, are encouraged to live the life they choose and are supported to be as independent as physically possible.

We offer care and accommodation to adults with a learning disability.  We work with the individual and their support network to ensure that we can achieve high quality and individualised care that is bespoke to the person.

Registered Charity Number: 263954

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Don’t just take our word for it

Resident since 1988

“I like Acorn, it’s really lovely. I go swimming, horse-riding and trampolining, I’m really good and I like the food. I like to show people around.”

Nigel Spencer MBE DL

Patron & Volunteer

“Acorn Village is a place of refuge and hope, not only for its residents – people first, disability second – but also for all those who are involved with its function. Tolerance and kindness exist in profusion there and its residents and infrastructure are supported by a committed staff and a myriad of volunteers who have been, and still are, prepared to ‘go that extra mile.’ “

Kelly Windred Kelly Windred

Employee since 1989

“Acorn’s been a part of my life on and off for nearly 30 years, it’s become part of my extended family. It’s not just a job to me, it’s much more than that.”

Tenant since 2005

“It’s friendly, I like going to see the staff and using the Craft Centre. I get support to go to Harwich Sing (Community Choir) and enjoy working in the charity shop meeting new people.”

Keith BurrowsKeith Burrows

Previous Chairman/Trustee

“From my first visit with Round Table, selling hot dogs at a summer fete, to my current role 30 years later as Chairman it has been a pleasure and a privilege working with the staff and fellow volunteers here at Acorn. The smiles and achievements of our residents and supported living tenants always make time spent here worthwhile.”

Jeremy Sheffield


“l love my visits to Acorn Village. I’m always impressed by the kindness, respect and dedication of the staff and the fantastic energy and joy of all the residents I’ve met.”

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