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Minstead Trust

Minstead Trust (formerly the Minstead Training Project) was founded in 1986 and offers whole year round services in residential, supported living, respite and day opportunities. To provide training and support for people with learning disabilities to enable them to develop new skills, lead fulfilled lives and achieve greater independence. We do this at a pace tailored to the individual, in an inspirational way, with a dedicated and experienced workforce who value the potential in everyone. Consistently we have earned a reputation for our unique style of high quality care, commitment and excellence.

Throughout our service we work with individuals to set personalised and achievable goals that unlock the potential of people supported by Minstead Trust. The services we provide are:

  • Day opportunities (New Forest) - providing sessions in areas such as hospitality, woodwork, gardening and horticulture, IT, ceramics & craft, sewing, dance and, bike-ability
  • Day opportunites (Portsmouth) - providing sessions a variety of sessions at base and out in the community to help you learn about being healthy and independent
  • Residential - based at Minstead Lodge in spacious grounds our staff will help you set goals that help you to think about being more independent
  • Supported Living - helping people live in their own home with the level of support they require to live an independent life
  • Respite - provided at Minstead Lodge, people coming to us for respite can also take part in New Forest day opportunities
  • Step up for Work - a unique programme designed to give people with learning disabilities the skills they need to to enter the workplace
  • Community groups - weekly support and activity groups in the community. Currently available in Eastleigh, Totton, Hythe and Romsey

Who to contact

Contact Name
Lucio Defeo
Contact Position
Admissions Officer
023 8081 7143
Minstead Trust website
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Where to go

Minstead Trust
Minstead Lodge
Seamans Lane, Minstead
SO43 7FT
Children's Centre Areas

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Day opportunities open Monday to Friday from 10am - 4pm. Residential and supported living services available all year round and tailored to the individual
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Referral required
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We invite you to visit Minstead Trust with a parent or carer.  If you would like to go ahead with a place a Minstead Trust we will carry out an assessment to ensure that we can cater for your needs and that Minstead Trust is suitable for you. Taster sessions are also available.

Any Other Notes

Our New Forest service is in a rural location, some transport is provided with pickup points in Totton. Please ask for details at your assessment.

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