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SWALLOW is a registered charity providing support to people with learning disabilities in the Bath and North East Somerset area. The help we provide includes supported housing, education and training and a programme of social events.

We are always keen to welcome new members to join SWALLOW and take advantage of the things that they do. The classes that we run include Art Therapy, Drama, Cookery and Fit for Life, encouraging their members to get fit and healthy while having fun. Through our Work Skills Enterprise Scheme we also give our members the skills and experience they need for work.

At Base House, SWALLOW’s training house, people with learning disabilities both in the 16-18 age group and in the 18+ age group are able to come to stay overnight, away from parents and carers, and learn independent living skills in a fully supported environment.

We support people to live independently in the community both in their own homes and in a supported housing unit. We are very proud of our supported housing in Redfield Road, and our new housing project The Hawthorns, both in Midsomer Norton, are a model of best practice.

We are a user-led organisation with eleven members on our management committee which meets every four weeks to plan activities and to inform the Trustee Board of members’ wishes and needs. We are linked into the local special schools and colleges.

SWALLOW’s Fun Club organizes a social event each month including bowling, summer picnics and barbecues as well as quiz nights and parties at Hallowe'en, Christmas and Valentine’s Day. Our centre provides a safe and friendly environment where members can enjoy meeting friends and having fun.

Also offer:
* Work Skills Enterprise Scheme
* Cookery classes
* Art and Drama groups
* Fit for LIfe Programme
* Social "Fun Club"
* Support for young people with a learning difficulty

New Keynsham Activities:
Boogie Nights on a Monday
SWALLOW is launching a dance session on Monday evening 7-9pm at the Keynsham rugby club called Boogie Nights where people can join in and learn a selection of dance styles, socialise and have fun all at the same time! The first session is on February 10th 2014.

Tuesday Activity Day
SWALLOW have launched a new activity day for people with learning disabilities at St John’s Church Hall in Keynsham. The day runs from 10am to 4pm and starts with art or cookery along with a discussion about keeping fit and healthy eating, followed by drama in the afternoon.
The courses are open to people of all abilities and interests. As well as learning useful new skills it is an opportunity to meet new people.


Organisation Type
Registered Charity
Alternative names
South Wansdyke Learning and Living Our Way
This organisation provides support around
Socialising / Out and About Emotional Support Living, Learning, Working Support Around the Home / Home Help Home Maintenance, Adaptation & Housing
This organisation provides support for
Learning Difficulties
Bath and North East Somerset
Is there a cost for these services?
Cost information

Course prices for Keynsham are £21.21 for a half day and £33.33 for a whole day.
New members are welcome to come along any time between 10am and 4pm on Tuesdays to see what our courses offer.

Concessions information

On application.

How can people access this service?
Self Referral
Business Hours
MondayFrom 09:00To 17:00Phone cover 24hrs a day
TuesdayFrom 09:00To 17:00Phone cover 24hrs a day
WednesdayFrom 09:00To 17:00 Phone cover 24hrs a day
ThursdayFrom 09:00To 17:00Phone cover 24hrs a day
FridayFrom 09:00To 17:00Phone cover 24hrs a day
SaturdayPhone cover 24hrs a day
SundayPhone cover 24hrs a day
Out of hours answer machine

Primary Organisation Details

Primary Address Details

Address 1
The Old Engine House
Address 2
Old Pit Road
Midsomer Norton

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Access Questions

Are there bus stops nearby?
Approx. distance?
400 metres
Is there a car park nearby?
Approx. distance?
On site
Is there parking for disabled drivers on site or outside the building?
If so, how many spaces?
Disabled parking telephone

External Access

Are external doors 900mm or more wide with flat thresholds?
Are external doors non sprung?

Internal Access

Is there a ramp?
Are there visual alarm systems at the premises?
Does the toilet have a minimum size of 2200mm × 1500mm
Does the toilet have a minimum door size of 1000mm
Does the toilet have grab rails - 2x horizontal?
Does the toilet have grab rails - 1x drop-down?


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