natural ability

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 work with children and adults with long term mental health needs and physical disability. We 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. Providing people with an 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

Board of Directors:

Bruce Howorth (Chair), Andrew Sanders, Robert Philipson, Michael Quinn and Moya Holmes

Chief Executive Officer - Nicola Crawford 
Business Development Manager - Janice Walker

Finance Manager - Kathy Lowe

Day Services Manager - Suzanne Keen

Senior ISL Manager - Fiona Carlile

ISL Managers - Jemma Carlile and Sarah Smith

Activity Supervisor Kirsty Falcus assists the Day Services Manager in organising and leading the Horticulture, Animal Care and Conservation Day Farming sessions.


Activity Supervisor Dave Rosbotham leads the Handyperson Service.


We also have a dedicated team of support staff working in each of our services.

Have a look at these websites...


We are 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 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 who include:

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