Larchfield Community

Larchfield enjoys the benefits of the countryside alongside all the amenities of a major town

Who we are

Who we are

We offer adults with a learning disability the opportunity to make both their home and work-life here or to attend our popular workshops as a day placement. Set in around 160 acres of rural farmland which is bio-dynamically farmed, Larchfield enjoys the benefits of the countryside as well as all the amenities of the major town of Middlesbrough, which is a ten-minute car journey away. 

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Voluntary Work

Voluntary Work

Stephen volunteers each Tuesday morning at the St Timothy's Café at Hemlington Lake. He takes a full role in serving the customers alongside Val (pictured). The café is a really friendly place and perfectly placed to have a healthy walk before or after a tasty snack.

Quality of Life Reviewers Attend Award Interviews in London

Quality of Life Reviewers Attend Award Interviews in London

Stephen from Larchfield Community and Joanna and Tom from Croft Community are all Quality of Life Reviewers. With the Quality of Life Scheme nominated for a 3rd Sector Citizenship Award they were invited down to London for interview. Tom, Joanna and Stephen really got over the importance and benefit of having people with disabilities using their insight into helping others have the same equal opportunities in society to live an 'ordinary life'. We wish them good luck at the awards ceremony in December. To read more about the Quality of Life Reviews click on the menu button at the top left of the page and follow the Learn to Lead link.

Ashley in his smart new overalls social

Ashley in his smart new overalls

When Ashley came to live at Larchfield a couple of years ago he was still attending school. Since leaving in the summer he has been spending time getting to know everyone in the community really well and has now started working on the farm

Off to see Pepsi social

Off to see Pepsi

On Thursday, 12th of October Ashley had his first shift on the farm. He spent the afternoon mucking out Pepsi the Shetland pony and filling up bags with barley. He had a brilliant time and will be going to work on the farm every Thursday afternoon.

Larchfield Lemon Cake gets Police Approval!

Larchfield Lemon Cake gets Police Approval!

During a recent visit to Larchfield, Paul Rayne (Rural Crime Reduction Officer) and Barry Coppinger (Police and Crime Commissioner) sampled the delights of the cafe. After Paul declared that his cake was the 'Best lemon and almond cake I've ever tasted!' he was introduced to Joanne, one of the regular bakery workshop team responsible for making the cakes, scones, biscuits and pastries.

Open Doors at the Tools Workshop

Open Doors at the Tools Workshop

The Allied Resource Community (Middlesbrough) have a workshop based at Larchfield. Donated tools are restored to a second life and while some garden tools are sold locally to raise funds most of the tools are sent to Africa. To make enquiries about donations or places in the workshop please visit www.middlesbroughtoolsworkshop.org.uk

The photo shows Steve Conway, tools workshop manager, talking to visiting families during Larchfield's recent 30th anniversary celebrations.

Tribal Marsquers Dance for Sisters United Group social

Tribal Marsquers Dance for Sisters United Group

In September the Tribal Marsquers entertained Sisters United (a women's group drawn from Larchfield and beyond) with a wonderful display of American Tribal Style Belly Dancing. This is a colourful mixture of flamenco, middle Eastern folk dance and Egyptian steps. The costumes were breathtaking and the skirts alone contain 25 metres of material.

Debbie and Jeanne try out their moves social

Debbie and Jeanne try out their moves

In true Larchfield style it didn't take long before community members got on the dance floor. It was a fun day with additional entertainment from the group's guitarist who played folk songs while the Marsquers had a much needed rest.