Serving the communities of Bures St Mary and Bures Hamlet

Ferriers Barn Rehabilitation Workshop

Photo courtesy of Ferriers Barn

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Ferriers Barn opened in 1974 as a day centre for young disabled people, many of whom are severely physically disabled. It enables them to develop a wider range of interests and activities and to meet socially in pleasant surroundings.
The Barn comprises of a group of skillfully converted farm buildings around a courtyard and garden. It is run by qualified instructors and an indispensable army of voluntary helpers and friends, including the all important rota of cooks.

Amanda and Christopher Robinson came to live at Ferriers over 30 yrs ago. At the time there were a number of farm buildings in the adjacent fields, in a variety of conditions.
Amanda Robinson wanted to build a studio to continue her work as a painter and artist. However, she used to teach disabled people swimming. One evening she was asked to a nearby youth centre where she was horrified to find her young disabled friends were put into a room to fend for themselves
That evening when Amanda came home, she and Christopher decided not to build the studio but to convert the farm buildings into a day centre for young disabled people.

These images taken in the early 1970`s, indicate the tremendous challenge to convert old farm buildings into the centre we see today
With a huge amount of support from family and friends, the farm buildings were converted to provide full access and facilities for people with disabilities.
By 1974, the Robinsons concept of a centre for the disabled was born.



Ferriers Barn is sustained by voluntary contributions and local government funding which helps provide a place of opportunity where young people with physical disabilities can develop their capabilities and lead a more fulfilled life.

All Photographs courtesy of Ferriers Barn
Thanks to Nikki Skews for allowing me access for the Photographs etc