Alabaré Development Centres
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Alabaré Development Centres

tel: Barford: 01722 742298 Old Sarum: 01722 337192

email: or

Our Alabaré Development Centres offer vocational training and meaningful day activities to vulnerable adults with a variety of needs. We have two development centres in Wiltshire:

  • Barford Development Centre operates from converted farm buildings in the rural village setting of Barford St Martin, 6 miles west of Salisbury. The centre has a wood workshop, pottery barn, training kitchen, teaching room and an acre of land dedicated to horticulture.
  • Old SarumDevelopment Centre is 2 miles north of Salisbury and can be accessed via local buses that run from Salisbury and Amesbury. Set within four acres, the centre has large gardens set aside for horticulture, a retail shop and a new Café. Wood workshop and a grounds maintenance service. We can support you to develop your digital skills and help you master online basics as the centre also has a fully equipped I.T suite offering courses to the general public including the ECDL - European Computer driving licence.

Old Sarum Garden Centre is currently open for plant sales from 9am – 4pm – the café will remain closed until further notice. 

Working towards a qualification isn’t a requirement at either centre, however, both Barford and Old Sarum Development Centres are fully accredited centres delivering NOCN qualifications. These qualifications could help you gain the necessary skills you need to access employment, work experience or any other educational opportunities you may wish to pursue. We can work with you to develop an individual training plan for whichever area you would like to pursue. 

You are welcome to attend as many training sessions as you like too; our days are set out so that you can fit two sessions into one day. You can visit our Development Centres for as long as want to, but if you are interested in workplace or training opportunities, we're on hand to help you with that too. 

You can book placements directly by calling us at the centre, or you can be referred through another agency, such as Community Mental Health teams or community teams for people with Learning Disabilities. You can pay for sessions using your personal budget, private funds or with funding from the local authority.

If you would like more information on either centre please get in touch, or download a copy of our Alabaré Development Centres information sheet.

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