Lottie's Yard

Lottie's Yard is a unique living and learning experience available to people with learning disabilities and mental health needs in Northampton. The therapeutic effect of animals is becoming more recognised within the scientific field, especially amongst people with mental health and communication difficulties. Findings from our sessions have revealed that people arriving at a Lottie's Yard session will often leave with an observable sense of increased mental well being.

Our sessions run from our centre in Moulton Park called The Pod where we care for small animals and complete a learning program. We also have access to farms and yards across the county to visit and learn about larger animals. We try and vary the sessions so you can experience as much as possible!

With the assistance of small and large animals as well as the great outdoors, we support people with learning disabilities to set outcome based goals, recognise undiscovered strengths, develop life skills, improve health and wellbeing, produce pride inducing art and crafts, socialise and make new friends and expand their knowledge on animals and outdoor living.

The scope of our sessions is vast and person centred. We use work books to track peoples progress, which come in alternative formats dependent upon a persons ability and understanding. Achievements are celebrated regardless of their significance - we support people to be forever reaching their potential and beyond.

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Our programs are flexible - after assessing your needs, abilities, likes and dislikes, a program will be developed especially for YOU and reviewed at least annually. Your program could include any or all of the following:
(For all topics there are practical and theory based activities available)

👷🏻‍♀️ SAFETY

Safety, grooming, husbandry, feed & nutrition, anatomy, exercise, mental wellbeing & healthcare

Pasture and boundary care and maintenance

Transferrable skills (yard to home), promoting independence, hygiene, health & safety, self-care, outdoor living skills.

Therapeutic work, functional art work/communication tools, decorative, personal achievement.

Customer led topics encompassing self-sufficiency, resourcefulness, community projects and helping others.

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The Pod is home to our Lottie's Yard Sessions and some of the small animals we care for


Lottie belongs to Brie and was raised as a therapy horse by her previous owner. By coincidence or fate, two of Complete Support Care Services Ltd's customers will proudly tell you that they helped to raise Lottie from a foal. During 2020's COVID-19 lockdown, these two customers were being supported exclusively by Brie, which meant that they were fortunate enough to be able to accompany Brie to a private space at Lottie's yard during this time.
This led to these customers bringing their small animals to the yard as well and Brie began developing a program to make the yard trips a valuable tool in lifting the customers spirits during such a difficult time. Work books were produced as a way of setting goals and documenting achievements and the improvement to their mental and physical well being was apparent. As we came out of lockdown, friends of friends of FRIENDS began asking if they could come to Lottie's Yard and complete the program as well.

And so Lottie's Yard became something more than just a haven to a lucky few during lockdown, it is now a place that other people can enjoy on a more permanent basis. We run our sessions out of our supported living head office and visit local farms and yards to experience the very best of the British countryside.