Natural Ability -

for people with learning and other disabilities

About Us

Natural Ability was set up in 2009 to provide a great choice for people with learning disabilities who enjoy being outdoors and active . It was developed by a group of energetic people, some of whom are parents of people with learning disabilities. We build on people's strengths and aspirations helping them to learn, gain skills, make friends and be included as valued members of the community. We also work with children and adults with long term mental health needs and physical disability and can also support people with Dementia to enjoy Day Farming.

Our Mission

We want to create an environment where people with learning and other disabilities live and work as valued and contributing members of the community, having excellent quality of life with purposeful employment, lifelong learning and pride in their achievements.

We provide opportunities for people with learning and other disabilities to learn through challenge and well-managed risk, doing meaningful work, having fun and with a sense of personal autonomy.

Our Team

Our Board of Directors includes: Andrew Sanders, Robert Philipson, Emma Hamilton, Michael Quinn, Bruce Howorth, Barbara Ingman and Moya Holmes 

Operations Manager - Annie Evans
Business Development Manager - Janice Walker

Services Manager - Chris Moore

Finance Officer - Kathy Lowe

Independent Supported Living Services Managers - Claire Thompson and Catherine Duncan

Day Farming sessions are organised by Phil Ogg, our Activity Supervisor, Jamie Grummette who leads Thursday Animal Care sessions and Richard Sandiford who leads the Friday Conservation sessions. We have a dedicated team of support staff working in each of our services.

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We work closely with Autism Dimensions: Autism Consultants and Specialist Teachers who provide bespoke services to families, professionals and individuals who require support within the Autism Spectrum.

We are also delighted to work with the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership promoting and protecting this very special place

Allen Valleys Community Website: local information about the Allen Valleys area.

We have excellent links with Hexham Priory School, which is an Ofsted "Outstanding" Special School in nearby Hexham.

In It Together - a group of parents of children and young people with a disability/additional need in Northumberland.

The Safe Network: Safeguarding advice, resources, training and guidance.

Our Supporters

We are very grateful to our supporters and funders:

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Henry Smith Charity, Ernest Cook Trust, North Pennine Dales Leader