New Warlands Farm is based on the outskirts of Durham and offers a diverse range of personalised programmes.

The purpose of our Social and Vocational programmes is to offer lifelong learning opportunities in vocational, occupational and a social context. These include functioning life skills where individuals are supported and empowered. Our Social and Vocational services offer a structured environments whereby individuals can participate in a range of programmes areas. 

Programmes can consist of a range of vocational and social activities including:

  • Woodwork
  • Textiles
  • IT
  • Horticulture
  • Therapy
  • Leisure
  • Accessing the Community
  • Card Making
  • Sensory

Our highly skilled staff use a range of personalised approaches to enable services users to be actively involved in choosing their own activities and programmes areas of interest that promotes their social and economic inclusion and meets the individual aspirations. 

Our services offer individuals with realist and achievable training, work experience and valuable life skills. Our person centred programmes provides service users with the necessary communication, sensory and wellbeing strategies as well as Individual Development Plan; enabling out service users to develop individually. 

Each Service User’s programme consists of important Personal and Social Development areas including:

  • Communication and Social Interaction
  • Sensory
  • Personal Care
  • Independent Living Skills
  • Health and Well-being

We recognise the importance of functional skills in the lifelong development of our service users. We recognise that in order for this skill development to be successful, they must be developed in meaningful situations and contexts where these skills are functional to the service user’s development and can be used in a variety of environments.

Functional skills are embedded into every session and activity which takes place, whether it is greeting someone, using money when purchasing items, sending an email home or creating highly motivating person centred plans using technology. It is in these situations where functional skills truly become functional to our service users. Our aim is to equip each service user with the basic practical skills required in everyday life.

Our Mission Statement

‘Our mission is to work together inspiring, supporting, celebrating and equipping autistic and neurodiverse children, young people and adults.’ 

Our Staff

Ian Patterson - Programme Manager

Gwyneth Thomas - Senior Programme Support Worker

Jayne Coyles - Senior Programme Support Worker

Michael Harland - Senior Programme Support Worker

Contact Information

For more information, please contact:

0191 371 3010

[email protected]