Life is For Living

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

Life is For Living

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

People first, disability second

Happy Easter Everyone from us all at Acorn Village!

**IMPORTANT UPDATE** The Acorn Village Coffee Shop is now open to the public!  We are open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4pm.

28th September 2021- The Manningtree Charity Shop will now only be taking ‘Shop Ready’ donations on a Monday. We still have resource issues and do not have the people to clean or fix items or run car boot sales on our behalf. 

We are desperate for volunteers. If you have some hours free and are able to help please contact us at 

All staff and volunteers will still be adhering to previous guidelines regarding masks and social distancing.

We are keeping these measures because we think they are the best way to keep our wonderful volunteers, staff and customers as safe as possible.
We will review this regularly and keep you updated. The main village remains closed to the public for now. We really appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you soon.

If you use E-bay it would really make a difference if you chose to donate a percentage of your selling total to the Acorn Village Charity to help adults with learning disabilities.
Don’t forget to check out the Acorn E-bay Shop on a regular basis to discover what bargains the volunteers have been listing.
It’s a tough time for so many, stay safe, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Read about the difference you have made in our latest Impact Report and continue your incredible support by donating financially.

Our residents and tenants will always come first, staff are working around the clock to constantly update procedures as per the Government guidelines.

You can find regular updates via our social media pages and blogs.

Keep safe everybody #StaySafeSaveLives

Welcome to Acorn Village

Since 1975 your support for the charity has helped adults with learning disabilities to live their lives to the full. Residential, supported living and day activities are provided to people in need as well as support to families and friends.

In addition to our care services, we also have a number of fundraising facilities that are open to our residents, their families and the public.  Why not come and join us for lunch at our onsite Coffee Shop or find a bargain within our onsite Charity Shop and Pre-loved Furniture Store.

Throughout the year, our Creative Craft Centre is open to showcase project work or sell items that have been made within the workshops.
You will get a real insight into life at Acorn Village and why your support is so important.

Don’t forget to sign up to the newsletter for up-to-date information on life at Acorn Village and read some of the wonderful blogs written by our residents and tenants.


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Leave a Legacy

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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Check out our latest updates from the Residents & Tenants, our CEO and Events

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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