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‘Providing Training, Education & Work Experience for People with a Learning Disability’

Haylands Farm was opened in 1976 by two parents who wanted to provide an occupational future for their children. They bought Haylands Farm at a time when it was a tumbledown farmhouse standing in an acre of mud, where the only crop was thistle.

The farm owners joined forces with Isle of Wight Mencap and the local community.  In 1977 the farm became a small day unit for school leavers. Fourty years on and it continues to provide services to young people and adults who have learning disabilities.