"I work on the farm on Saturdays. I like putting down fresh straw for the piglets. The donkeys are friendly and I groom them because I can see they really like it."
Read more of Murray's story and other residents' stories on our Life Skills page.
Not everyone knows that the Rare Breeds Centre is home to Canterbury Oast Trust, a charity which supports over 160 adults who have learning and physical disabilities.
A learning disability affects the way a person learns, understands information and communicates. This can lead to some people facing discrimination, exclusion and even abuse, resulting in low-self esteem, loneliness and a high risk of living in poverty.
We believe that people with learning disabilities should be given the same chances as everyone else to live the life they choose, to be more independent and to be valued within our community.
We support people by providing a family home and care to meet the needs of each individual. Through our accredited training, we provide an opportunity to increase practical skills, develop communication and social skills and help people to grow in confidence and self-esteem.
The Rare Breeds Centre is a wonderful environment for learning and many of the people we support are involved in training activities on our farm. They care for our animals, grow plants in our nursery and will help to host you during your visit.
To find out more about Canterbury Oast Trust (COT) click here.
Our charity has a self-help ethos and we work hard to raise money ourselves through our farm and by selling our produce. We do still rely heavily on donations to continue our work. Please think about supporting us with a one-off donation or a regular donation which helps us to plan for the future.
You can also send a donation from your mobile by texting FARM13 and the amount you wish to donate to 70070 (eg. FARM13 £10)
We raise money through fundraising events and from other initiatives such as our commemorative Rainbow Wood. To speak to someone about arranging for a plaque in Rainbow Wood contact: Fundraising on 01233 861493.