Partenariat éducatif GRUNTDVIG, Creative Learning in Education United, (2012 – 2014), n°2012-1-LT1-GRU06-07151 5, 3rd meeting in Plymouth

3rd Meeting

Plymouth, United Kingdom

11-13 September 2013



Arrival of partners

Presentation and discussion of agenda




Visit to Dame Hannah Rogers Trust in Ivybridge ,Devon

Presentation and tour organised by Chris Freestone.

Dame Hannah is a charitable trust, founded in 1787, concerned with developing the lives of individuals with disabilities using a holistic and person centred approach.

The trust has a School, a Children’s Home, Respite Centre , Family Support Network, Communication Assessment Centre, Young Adult provision, Outreach therapy and Educational Services, Conference and Training facilities, Adult Day and Residential Opportunities; which include outdoor pursuits centre, horticulture and animal centre, music and performance centre, arts centre, social enterprise, training/business opportunities.

One of only 3 of such providers in the UK, it has extensive provision for those with severe disabilities: that provision involves over 200 care and professional staff.

The School and the Further Education Unit is recognised by Ofsted as a leading provider of education and care for young people with disabilities in the UK.

Hannah’s House, the children’s respite home , is an outstanding provision for day and night time respite in a homely environment over 52 weeks a year.

Hannahwood is a transition project for young adults from 19-25 years old which adopts an holistic and multidisciplinary approach to ensure that the changing needs of the young adults are met. It caters for day ,residential and respite provision for young adults.

Our group was given an extensive tour of the Home and the Learning facilities with the opportunity to ask questions on all aspects of the provision including finances.

Generally deemed a worthwhile visit, justifying their key words of imagination, innovation and inspiration.




Visit to Conquest Equestrian Centre nr Norton Fitzwarren in Somerset

Hosted by Chantal and Kate.

Specialists in horse activities for people with disabilities.

They provide an innovative programme which supports the physical health and psychological wellbeing of the disabled community.

This a private concern which depends on patronage as well as regular customers to survive.

Their work with autism derives from their training in the ‘ Horse Boy Programme’ which is inspired by Rupert Isaacson and his experiences with his son in the United States.

As a group we were able to get some hands on experience of the therapy conducted at the Centre.






The final morning was given over to a presentation by Jo Clay from The National Autistic Society, who is the Area Development Officer for South West England.

She was able to outline the national provision from the Society’s viewpoint with wide-ranging statistics, and was involved in the discussion of comparative provision in France and Italy.

The afternoon provided an opportunity:


1. to view and comment on the web site created by Michele Gandolfo , designed to disseminate information on materials and innovative practices around the world.


2. Review progress of Cleu and look at the way forward.

3. Deal with administrative tasks for the group.

4) Bye to Plymouth


14 March 2014

We all look forward to the penultimate meeting in Paris.