Oaklands Park is a 150 acre busy rural community on the edge of the Forest of Dean. We offer opportunities for adults with learning disabilities and other support needs to live and work in a beautiful location, where their contributions to the life of our community are valued. Accommodation compromises of a total of 9 households of people we support, 48 who live alongside another six households of residential employees, their families and volunteers. Our 150 acre farm, 8 acre market garden, wood workshop, forestry and The George Café and shop provide our work opportunities. We have animals and grow and sell vegetables, fruit and flowers and fire wood locally. We follow biodynamic principals to produce quality food without chemicals and artificial fertilisers.
On site there is a converted Victorian mansion which houses a library, games room, meeting room, hall and coffee bar. Oaklands Park people we support have access to a Learning to Lead to Lead hub with computers, sofa’s, flat screen telly and coffee bar facilities. We have the newly named “Lighthouse”- (the old Chapel) which provides a great venue for community events as well as quiet spiritual reflection. Oaklands Park also hosts busy local businesses on site which include a florist, blacksmith, cider maker, tanner and the Dean Forest Food Hub. Oaklands Park also manages a café, art gallery and weaving studio and bookshop – The George – in the village of Newnham – on – Severn.
In 2014 Oaklands Park took on the management and support of the old Taurus Crafts support services. The new name for these services is Lydney Community Support. This managed accommodation in Lydney includes two community houses, town houses and purpose built flats for those with greater independence with support always close at hand. Most of our housing is close to Lydney town centre. Many of the people we support work and volunteer at CVT’s Taurus Craft and Visitors centre nearby