The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army works in 131 countries around the world, demonstrating Christian faith, hope and love through practical support and friendship to people of all ages, backgrounds and needs.

Our churches and community centres offer a range of activities and services in local communities, from worship and the nurturing of faith, to practical help, support and volunteering opportunities.

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Supporting young people with learning disabilities

We work with young people in many different ways, helping them to believe in themselves and their abilities, build and maintain friendships, and become more creative and capable people in all aspects of their lives.

Our experience and expertise makes The Salvation Army well placed to run this centre. We have a long history of working with disadvantaged and excluded people. One such example is the highly regarded work supporting people with learning disabilities at places like our Hadleigh Training Centre and Rare Breeds Farm in Essex. We also run the George Steven Centre, in Kilbirnie, West Scotland. This provides a safe and secure environment for adults with learning disabilities to learn new skills and explore relationships within a structured programme focusing on hospitality, gardening, retail and domestic skills.

We have a proven ability to set up and run successful social enterprises alongside existing churches and community centres, and an excellent record of helping unemployed people find rewarding work through projects like Employment Plus. Within the city of Liverpool, we already have a track record of working with people experiencing homelessness and social exclusion in our Lifehouses. In all these projects we are helping people regain independence, take responsibility, make friends and reignite hope in their future.

Case study: Hadleigh Farm

The Salvation Army's Hadleigh Farm is a commercial farm, a place of natural beauty and home to an English Heritage site.

More importantly, it is a training centre for people with additional needs. Through the various activities that happen across the farm estate and the Olympic mountain bike hub, we offer training in contemporary subjects such as IT, carpentry, horticulture, catering and office skills.

Alongside vocational skills, we provide employment and life skills, including CV writing and mock interviews, as well as offering crucial work experience, work placements and voluntary work. It’s about giving young people hope and the belief that they can achieve their goals.

“The plan to open Strawberry Field to the public for the first time - so people can see a unique exhibition about the home, how and why the song was written by John, and allow visitors to explore the grounds as John did as a child - is very exciting.”

Lady Judy Martin OBE