About us

Our Care Philosophy

People First, Disability Second is our philosophy with ‘Life is For Living’ our motto.
Every individual, whatever their disability, is encouraged to follow their dreams and are supported to be as independent as physically possible.

What we do

We offer high quality care and accommodation to adults with learning disabilities.
Within two models of care, residential and supported living services, we can provide support to meet a number of needs within large or small care packages.

Our day service provision is popular amongst Acorn Village residents and tenants but is also used by clients who visit and take part in workshops on a termly basis.

Family First

Acorn Village only exists due to the families of children with learning disabilities determination to build a brighter future for their loved ones as they became adults. This family ethos is just as applicable today as it was back in 1975, with relatives of residents and tenants at Acorn Village still providing a huge support to the charity.

At Acorn Village we keep family at the forefront by:

  • Offering family support and advice
  • Easily accessible activities
    The onsite Creative Craft Centre, Charity Shop and Coffee Shop not only enables work experience, activities and social interaction but also act as hubs for family members to meet or join in.
  • Increased opportunities for all
    Service users can reach their individual goals, in the past this has included achieving a new qualification, joining a professional choir, a trip to see the elephants at Longleat and even a holiday to Paris. Families are invited to individual reviews on a six monthly basis where these goals are planned.
  • 24hr Accessibility
    Families may come to Acorn Village at a time and day that suits both them and the resident.


Latest Updates


Read the 2018/2019 Impact Report here



Joining Acorn Village

As a resident/ tenant

If you know somebody who may be suitable to come to Acorn Village, you can find out more details by booking a tour below.

Book a tour of our facilities

As a staff member/volunteer

Join our friendly team and help support adults with learning disabilities.

See our current vacancies

Meet the team

Team is the appropriate word at Acorn Village, the dedication, professionalism and caring attitude of all of the staff and volunteers is what helps make Acorn Village stand out from the crowd. We would, however like to introduce some of the people who are responsible for the overall running of the organisation.
Michelle Cook BA (Hons)

Michelle Cook BA (Hons)

Chief Executive

Michelle has been at Acorn for over 15 years starting her career as a Student Nurse.

RMA, NVQ 4 Registered Manager Award, BA (hons) Care Practice

John Whittaker

John Whittaker

Chair of Trustees

John has been proudly supporting Acorn Village since meeting charity founder Denzil Green in the early 1980’s

Gary Balls

Gary Balls

Operations Manager

Gary has been at Acorn for over 25 years starting his career as a sports support worker.

NVQ 4 Registered Managers Award, Fellow Chartered Managers Institute

Tom Cox

Tom Cox

Senior Registered Manager

Tom has been at Acorn for over 25 years starting his career as part-time worker in the Coffee Shop

NVQ 4 Care & NVQ 4 Leadership and Management Award

Our Responsible Persons and Registered Managers have vast experience of working in social care and nursing services.

Our latest projects

Can you help continue to develop and support adults with learning disabilities?
Find out more about our current projects here


Our training

As well as training our staff in our accredited training centre, we also offer training to the public.
Find out more more on our training services page

 Board of Trustees

Our voluntary Board of Trustees is responsible for the governance and strategy of Acorn Village.

The Board is currently made of up of 8 Trustees. The Trustees have full legal responsibility for the actions of Acorn Village.

Members are appointed and are the directors of the company for the purposes of the Companies Act 2006.

  • Mr John Whittaker (Chairman)
  • Mrs Judy Owens
  • Mr Jerry Gray
  • Ms Holly Shields 
  • Reverend Derek Lang
  • Mrs Brenda Eyers (Vice Chair)
  • Mr Colin Daines
  • Mr David Willis
  • Mr Brian Taylor

If you are interested in joining the Board of Trustees please contact us.



Who Will Care’ Award Finalist 2017 – All Acorn Volunteers

Pride of Tendring 2017 – Previous CEO Ray Ablett & Previous Company Secretary Heather Ablett

Pride of Essex 2014 – CEO Ray Ablett & Company Secretary Heather Ablett

Pride of Essex 2013 – Treasurer Mary Green

Green Apple Environment Awards Property Management Silver Winner 2008 / Bronze Winner 2009

NAPPI uk Limited ’15 year Certificate of Appreciation’

MBE 1996 Founder Denzil Green awarded the MBE

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