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.
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.
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.
As a staff member/volunteer
Join our friendly team and help support adults with learning disabilities.
Our latest projects
Can you help continue to develop and support adults with learning disabilities?
Find out more about our current projects here
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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