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Minstead Trust

Minstead Trust provides training and support to 200 adults with learning disabilities every week, helping them overcome barriers they face to live more independent and fulfilled lives, in the New Forest, Southampton and Portsmouth. With our support, communities can become richer, more diverse places, where individuals with learning disabilities can live fulfilling lives.


Registered charity no. 1053319

Member since December 2020

About us

We work with 200 adults in the New Forest and Portsmouth to recognise their true potential and: • Develop independence through everyday life skills • Further independence through employment • Break down barriers by building aspiration and inclusion.

With over 100 trained staff and a similar number of volunteers, we provide individualised training and support in a variety of settings including: transitional residential accommodation and respite services; supported living tenancies; day opportunities; community outreach groups; employment programmes and activities based at our social enterprises.

We also directly serve 30,000 people in our wider local communities through our popular social enterprise venues and community hubs: Furzey Gardens (Minstead); Hanger Farm Community Arts Centre (Totton) and Minstead Lodge Conference and Events Venue. These successful social enterprises enable customers and visitors to experience first hand the joy of inclusive communities, through the active participation of people with learning disabilities in running each mini-business. They also provide: • learning disability work training programmes • inclusive community activities eg inclusive community theatre company and restorative free days’ out at Furzey • popular programmes of theatre, music and arts events and cafes providing social hubs for local people • trading income for Minstead Trust.