The Accessing Citizenship and Training Project (ACT)

Funded by the Big Lottery Empowering Young People Fund, ACT is a person centred and led, educational, training, personal/social development project for young people with learning disabilities aged 16–23 years transitioning from school to adult life. It enhances life and vocational skills, citizenship opportunities, personal, social and emotional development, to enable young people to reach their full potential leading to greater independence and integration into their community.

A new element of our project and a unique partnership with the Nerve Centre’s Fab Lab allows our young people to gain a qualification in Digital Fabrication and develop an Aquaponics system, the “FabFarm” based here at the Playtrail. The FabFarm combines innovative aquaponics farming methods, of using water and fish for vegetable growing, with new digital fabrication techniques and equipment. Another exciting element of the ACT project works with young people developing their social enterprise skills producing produce from our allotments for the “Sooty Olive” restaurant and other local artisan markets.