We have been running and developing group activities for adults with learning disabilities at Hollybush Conservation Centre since 2003.
The Hollybush Project is open to people (aged 18+) with learning disabilities who are eligible for day care through Leeds City Council Social Services.
Our site at Kirkstall has facilities to offer opportunities to enjoy the benefits of being outside in nature and in a varied working environment and try a wide range of activities including:
- Gardening: we have raised vegetable and flower beds and a large polytunnel and grow flowers and produce for sale, to provide displays on site and at our raised beds at Kirkstall Abbey, as well as to use in our café and cook in our classroom.
- Woodwork: we have a well-equipped woodwork shop and make items for sale to the public and for use around the site and on other projects.
- Working in the café: our newly refurbished café is open to the public, and Hollybush Project participants help with baking and preparation.
- Craft activities: chance to try a variety of activities and techniques to encourage creativity and dexterity, including making cards and items to sell in the café and at events.
- Being active and supporting wellbeing: all our activities support physical and mental wellbeing and we also go out for walks in the garden and along the nearby canal as well as trying seated exercise and yoga sessions.
If you, or someone you know is interested in joining Hollybush Project as a participant, or a volunteer, please contact Caroline Aylward: 07870 678685.